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The Best Entry Level Government Jobs

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The Best Entry Level Government Jobs

There is a lot of discussion about how government-sector jobs are more stable than others in our faltering economy and about how government hiring trends are predicted to be more resistant to the economic downturn than other sectors. Unfortunately, this doesn’t do you a whole lot of good, if you’ve got no idea of where to start in order to get hired.

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    rohara8

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I have tried to get a building maintenance janitorial position in the St. Louis, MO area since July, 2007. I am a Vietnam vet with 14 mo. exper. as a custodian & over 25 yrs as an automated line/ equipment set-up operator. Once I lost my dr. license no one will take my application or give me an interview , I can't even get into the local jr. college to retrain for a new job.

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    Bcubedreg

    over 5 years ago

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    The reason I submitted my resume 2 years out from retirement was 2-fold.

    1. To see if I had written my resume well. I didn't get a hit against my resume for almost 6 months after I posted it. I didn't get an interview for another 3 months. I primarily submitted my resume 2 years early to test my writing skills and to tighten up my resume to attact interest in specific career areas.

    2. I knew I would flub the first 10-20 interviews no matter how well I prepared. I wanted to interview as many times as I could before a job came along that I really wanted. So I applied for everything and just tried to get an interview for practice sake (even if I didn't want the job).

    I probably interviewed for 30 positions, after the first 10 straight failures I batted 50% on the next 20 (got offered on 10 positions). I took the one I wanted. I can provide the secrets to writing the resume. It is not as hard as people think...but you're on your own for the interview.

    You should practice as much as you can for interviews by interviewing for positions even if you are not interested.

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    bwbarbour

    over 5 years ago

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    I understand the distance caused by the time retired and the time trying to get into the gov't job. There is a lot of "knowledge" factors that are daunting and it looks like the job descriptions are written for a particular person. I also resemble the older guy looking for a job with a more recent degree. Any thoughts about the value of taking some military coorespondence courses to able the check the "familiar" or "knowledgeable" boxes?

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    bpotratz

    over 5 years ago

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    I got "medically" RIFed back in '92. Worked for a DoD contractor for a while then went and got a degree so I could be "marketable". It made me "unemployable". People don't hire 30-40y/o guys with fresh degrees & 4 years schooling seperating that degree from ETS/Employment. They just don't. FWIW, it would be nice to apply for a GS job, but deciphering the gobbledygook in the quals & evals, much less beinng able to find anything that is open to the "public" and not just "status candidates" is just about impossible without a degree in Government-HR-Speak. Absolutely maddening.

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    Bcubedreg

    over 5 years ago

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    Here’s advice from someone that made the successful transition from military to government. To give you a little of my background… I retired a year ago as a 22 year Marine Master Sergeant (formerly Satellite Communication Technician) and am currently a GS-14 Senior Financial Management Analyst making over 110K/year.

    Do’s:
    1. Get education (college, college, college). I have 2 Master’s degrees earned while on active duty.
    2. Write your resume and post it to government websites 2 years before you plan to retire/exit. Your resume will never be done well the first time, even if a “professional” service does it for you. Your resume is written well only when you start getting interview requests. 2 years gives you enough tweak time to get your resume right.
    Don’t:
    1. Sell yourself short. No one thought I could jump to my present grade from MSgt right after retirement, except me. I was right not the mob of naysayers.
    2. Don’t believe the hype of keep your resume short. Brevity on resumes is nice for entry level positions but accords no interest for professional/management level work in the civilian sector. It will also not tag keywords triggers for government resume review software.

    You can contact me directly if you would like to know more about how I did it. nicoldima@yahoo.com

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    tkhall42

    over 5 years ago

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    I served in the Army for 10 years. And I been a manager for a satellite company for 2.5 years, and Shift supervisor for Gamesa Wind US assembling wind energy wind mills. I tried to look for Government jobs for years. Can you help me? I can be reached at tkhall40@hotmail.com

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    wayne5600

    over 5 years ago

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    Check out L3 Communications website for employment opportunities. They are a large defense company with locations thru out the US and some overseas locations and hire many former military members. Those with a strong background in electronic test and aircraft maintenance should find multiple opportunities as well as those with engineering disciplines. Good company with good benefits and will normally pay for salaried employee's move for new hires.

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    joyceann57

    over 5 years ago

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    One of the best things to do is go to your local job service center when you get out of the military or before. Make use of their professional resume critique service. Have your resume checked by a professional to make sure it is not too cumbersome. It should be straight to the point and geared toward the job you are applying for. Do not put all of your military awards etc. on your resume but stick to the skills you learned/used in the military. A one to one and a half page resume is fine. Many people are looking for jobs and an HR person only spends so much time looking through them. That is why a resume should be straight to the point and use some of the language used in the job announcement. Employers also like to know you have real world experience. Whatever you do, talk to a PROFESSIONAL to prepare for the job you will face looking for a job. I work for a vocational training school and I have quite a few tips to share. You can contact me or one of my collegues at icsworks.com.

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    nasir007

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    well there how is everyone here? I haVE BEEN IN THE mILITARY 20+ YRS, i HAVE BEEN in charge of platoons, manage people, Schedules time process applications, mant task area, I am now looking for fulltime Gov't work , but the process seems to be very diffcult. So, can I get some assistance here.. ( e-mail me > najae1913@lycos.com < Thanks>!!

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    MrDeeppockets

    over 5 years ago

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    Can Someone help me? A seasoned electronics troubleshooter and gentleman, with over 15 years experience in managing and leading others. Well-known and respected for his attention to detail and follow through on complex assignments. Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to train and communicate with all levels in the organization. Works closely with engineers to test all new products and updates work instructions accordingly. Has always worked with minimal supervision, and is capable and prepared to transition into a supervisory role. Willing to relocate for the right opportunity.

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    richgravitt

    over 5 years ago

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    I graduated in 08 from a tech school for electromechanical, worked in the military for 15 years. Still unemployed...

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    SANTAGELO

    over 5 years ago

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    I an environmental scientist,with strong background in Chemistry,and I've been out of the military for almost a year now.Been to several job interviews,and all I get out of it is,''sorry, though you're very qualified for the job,but we don't have authority to fill the vacancies yet.And I'm really so puzzled because,I see a lot of job adverts and even alerts sent to me for me to apply,but it all end up in some human resources database and that's the end.
    I used to believe that somebody like me with all my experience both in the teaching and science field should at least be able to get a job within a short time frame.But the economy has made it quite tasking and challenging so far.My major concern now is I'll be turning 40years in the next couple of days and I know that from then on,latent discrimination will start setting in for employment.Pls,is there somebody out there that can explore my wealth of academic experience?

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    Gashenka

    over 5 years ago

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    Many of the comments I have just read are really lacking in correct spelling and grammar. Maybe most of you are not finding jobs because potential employers are aware of your deficiencies before you are able to show them your attributes. I would suggest taking an English course in any venue you are able to find. If you can't afford it, check in with your local school district and see if anyone will tutor you in exchange for services such as babysitting, minor home repairs, etc.

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    babylam2000

    over 5 years ago

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    I Just recently got out of the military also. I was an IT while I was in for 8 years. It is hard to get a job once you get out. The only reason why I was about to get a nice government job afterwards is not because of what I knew but who I knew. Experience and a degree can only get you so far BUT if you know someone that is already at the company your trying to get into thats how your going to get in.

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    williamlong1

    over 5 years ago

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    I think that it is great that they want everyone to have a degree, but a degree does not mean that you are better at the job than someone who has been doing the job while you got your degree. I think they are going to far with this and they need to look at what a person has for knowledge and not some piece of paper.

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