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Gov't Jobs: Secret Weapon for Job Hunters

Gov't Jobs: Secret Weapon for Job Hunters

Kyle Stone | Editor

The economic downturn has forced private industry and state and local government to shed jobs, but one major employer in the country is hiring: The federal government.

With 11 million unemployed Americans, and millions fearing they might lose their jobs, many are arguing that Washington will be cutting jobs, too. However, economists claim that a strong federal work force will be the key to economic recovery. Were President Barack Obama to put any of the nearly 2 million federal civil servants out in the street in the middle of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, the consequences could be dire.

With Obama’s proposed $800-plus billion economic aid plan only weeks away from passing, it’s time to take a look at the job opportunities Uncle Sam can provide you with. With heavy spending on public works and alternative energy, the stimulus plan is expected to increase the ranks of government workers (although mostly at the local and state level).

Where to Find the Work

Here are five guides offering more information about applying for government jobs:

30 Fastest Hiring Federal Agencies of 2009

Federal agencies fill job openings like the private industry: most agencies are responsible for their own hiring actions, and often deploy “hiring sprees” in order to fill a large number of essential positions rapidly.

Important tip for federal job seekers: keep on track of the agencies that hire the most, and what positions they are hiring for. Since the federal government keeps track of the job vacancies at each agency, we can give you an accurate picture of where the most job openings are.

As Unemployment Rises, Uncle Sam Has Jobs

The government’s civilian, nonmilitary work force peaked in the late 1960s at about 2.3 million. It was 2 million or more through the mid-1990s, when the government cut more than 400,000 jobs — many through military base closings. Since 2001, civilian employment in the executive branch, excluding postal employees, has edged upward from 1.7 million to about 2 million, largely because of new homeland security jobs.

More federal job openings are on the horizon.

Are You an Expert Federal Resume Builder?

Are you ready to actually apply for federal jobs?

Many first-time federal job seekers do not realize that there is more than one federal resume builder website where jobs are posted for various agencies. It’s a good idea to get ready to apply for federal jobs by posting your resume at more than one website. The USAJOBS site is the most popular, but there are others.

26 Federal Agencies Offering Grants

Did you know that the Federal government provides access to over $500 billion in annual grant programs and rewards? Here are 26 agencies currently offering grants to job seekers and government workers like you.



Federal Jobs for Generalists

Are you a passionate person? Do you synthesize information well? Do you write in a compelling, reader-friendly way? Do you have a liberal arts and/or advanced degree in law, business, international relations, public administration, public policy, environmental policy, public health or a variety of other fields? If so, you may be what is referred to as a generalist.

Federal agencies offer fantastic employment opportunities for generalists at all levels – from entry level to management level.


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    apooja_sharma

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    pls, give me details all governments jobs for MBA's & required criteria or eduacation as soon as possible
    thank u!

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    zakirbabu

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    pls, give me details all governments required criteria or eduacation as soon as possible
    thank u!

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    GemmaG

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Go to http://govcentral.monster.com/careers, enter your city and voila.

    I found tons of jobs in my city.. Still looking, but have had some promising leads.

    Good luck guys!

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    bracka01

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I also am unemplyoyeed for the first time in my life. Please let us know where to turn for a government job.

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    nereprashant

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    pls, give me details all governments required criteria or eduacation as soon as possible
    thank u!

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    Acannon

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I agree, The Gov. should set up Job fairs in each county with the available jobs. I have been unemployeed for over a year. All I hear about are all of these new jobs being created in the private sector by the Govm. The problem is that the jobs are all going to friends and relatives, just like always. We need a system based on interviewing. Anybody no of a job,,,,,,,,,,help!!!!!!

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    catherine85

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    hi
    how are you
    i just want ask you how i gonna get the jobs area to apply for
    just your help
    thank u!

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    pam8311

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I get frustrated too. I see these ads posted here yet no concrete informationis posted. Hello? That is how the government works. Search engines like USAjobs, VAcareers,DOD,DOH,IRS and any other government agency has a website that can be looked at. These all show if there are employment opportunities in your area or my area. I keep seeing that Florida is one of the top 5 states hiring in the government, yet I am in FLorida and I can not get a government job. Guess what? I am a veteran and I have a service connectted disability with prior federal service and I can not get a job. Only God knows

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    KevinLBandy

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Stop talking about it and show us where these jobs are at in our areas! "HELP"
    I for one have been laid off since Sept. of 2008.

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    stgaffey

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Can you provide links to apply for these Government jobs?

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