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Ten Steps to Getting a Government Job

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Ten Steps to Getting a Government Job

You’re interested in working for the US government, but you’re not exactly sure what to do first. Maybe you’re having difficulty figuring out what type of government job would best match the skills that you have. What are the major branches of the Government? How many jobs are available? What agencies will be hiring rapidly over the next few years? Find out the essential information about a career for the government here.

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    RIDER

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I been working for Motor Vehicle Adminstration for 11yrs, but have been trying to get with the federal goverment now for the past 2yrs.

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    Freeflight71

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I have worked for the IRS as a tax examiner for two seasons about 4 years ago, since that time I have almost completed two years with a company called Synovate Inc. , that does Market reaserch, have also had experience as Assistant apartment Manager as well as 411 directory assistance.

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    No one has spoken anything about the Seniors. What is happening, And who can I contact to find out about our future, If any?

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    slilak

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Safdar Neil Lilak
    1033 S. Kittredge Way
    Aurora, Colorado, 80117.
    Phone: 303-755-1505
    Email: slilak43@msn.com

    OBJECTIVE
    Seeking a challenging position in a dynamic organization where I can apply my analytical and technical expertise, communication skills, and enthusiasm towards a long term career in Information technology. I have a reputation as an innovative, dedicated, pro active and result orientated professional.
    SUMMARY
    • Strong analytical experience includes analysis of business needs and documentation of various clients in areas of healthcare, manufacturing, construction, telecommunication and finance, State / Federal Government and sub-contract projects.
    • Computer Science background provides unique perspective when analyzing data and business needs and dedication of implementing on-site business requirements for application upgrades.
    • Ability to communicate efficiently with subject matter experts and clients to create, interpret, and implement business requirements into technical specifications.
    • Good communication skills, with experience converting highly technical information into clear, concise documentation, which allows for repeatable tasks.
    • Good knowledge of working in Cobol, JCL, ISPF, DB2I, TSO, CICS, IMS(DBDC,BATCH,MPS SMP), DB2, design patterns using Rational Rose and architectural specifications as well as understanding of requirements, SDLC and gap analysis.
    • Worked on DB2 database architecture for application development requirement determination, database development and administration. The data migration, conversion, integration, Data architect, Data managing, Data creation and load, Backup, Recovery and reorganization.
    • SQL query development, using DDL, DML, DCL,DB2I, QMF, QBE, Creating control block for IMS Databases i.e. ACBGEN, PSB, PCB, MID/MOD, DIF/DOF using JCL, Application processing using IMS/DLI, CONTROL BLOCKS etc.
    • Development of hundreds of application programs, reports and maintenance of thousands of IMS and DB2 objects environment. In industry and business environment of Banking, Manufacturing, Telecommunication, Aerospace industry, and in State and Federal Government entities.
    • The Database Administration knowledgeable and proficient in DB2 V6-V10 on z/OS as apart of the Support Applications Development Group where they will define database components, establish testing environments, routine troubleshooting and performance optimization.
    • Have a working knowledge of SQL coding and logical and physical modeling. Experience in performance optimization at the SQL coding level and physical database level. DB2 Certified candidate.

    AREAS OF EXPERTISE

    AREA SKILLS
    OPERATING SYSTEMS IBM MAINFRAME OS390, 30XX, OS/MVS, ESA, SAA, VM/CMS/VSE, IBM360/IBM370, WINDOWS 2003, WINDOWS 2000, WINDOWS XP, WINDOWS NT 4.0, UNIX IV – VERSION 5, HP 3000/9000, AS400 & DOS, OS2/WRAP, HP150, Z/OS, ALL MODEL OF IBM MAINFRAMES.
    PROGRAMMING COBOL (VS, II, S, MICRO FOCUS), FORTRAN, ASSEMBLER, PL/1, CICS, OS MVS, JCL, TSO ISPF, SAP/R3 (ABAP, BASIS)
    VISUAL PROGRAMMING JAVA, VISUAL BASIC, .NET, COLD FUSION, HTML/XHTML, J2EE
    BUSINESS
    APPLICATIONS FINANCIAL: ACCOUNT PAYABLE/RECIEVEABLE, EFTPS, NACHA CLEARING HOUSE, ATM PROCESSING, MANUFACTURING: INVENTORY CONTROL, BILL OF MATERIAL (BOM), MASTER SCHEDULING (MRP), CAPACITY PLANNING (CRP), CRM, SHOP FLOOR AND JUST IN TIME, PART TRACKING, QUALITY ASSURANCE APPLICATIONS, TELECOMMUNICATION: BILLING< CUSTOMER CARE, PRICING, MOBILE TELEPHONY, EFTPS FOR IRS AND FEDERAL RESERVE BANK, POS, CIRRUS, ATM, INTERLINK BANKING SERVICES, INSURNCE, STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPLICATIONS.
    DATABASES DB2 VERSION 6-9, DB2/UDB VER 5.2, DB2I, SQL, BMC, PLATINUM, IMS (BATCH PROCESSING & DBDC – SMP SYSTEMS), DLI, ORACLE, SQL SERVER, PLSQL, DSSQL, SQL/400
    DATA MODELING ERWIN, ETL, BRIO, DATA GAP ANALYSIS, DATA BUSINESS REQUIREMENT, DATA AGGREGATION, DATA MAPPING, DATA WHAREHOUSING, RAMIS, FOCUS, DYL260/280, EASYTRUEVE, COGNOS, CRYSTAL REPORTS, SQL/QBE ETC.
    REPORT WRITER CRYSTAL REPORTS, PRISM, COGNOS IWR AND POWER PLAY, FOCUS, EASYTRIVE, DYL 260/280, POWER PLAY, IMPROMTOU / COGNOS, FILE AID, EXPEDITER, BTS, TSO/ISPF, PANVALET, JCL
    E-MAIL SYSTEMS LOTUS NOTES, OUTLOOK
    PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS MS VISUAL SOURCE SAFE, MS PROJECT, MS OFFICE 2003/2007 VISIO, POWERPOINT, MS ACESS,
    3RD PARTY PACKAGE SOLUTIONS SAP/R3, WALKER FINANCIAL SYSTEMS, AMAPS, MAC/PAC D, MSA AP/AR, HURON, MPOWER

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    OSD Communications – Denver CO. (08 /2004 - Sept 2008 – Present).

    As president of OSD Communications successfully managed and implemented several off-site and on-site projects for reputed clients. Having deep understanding of verticals like financials, communications and Health care helped land projects which resulted in significant growth of OSD Communications. Over a period of 7 years major contributions have been:

    • Respond to RFPS for semi-government and private institutions.
    • Creating High Level designs for proposed solutions and provide insight/directions for developing a detailed design.
    • Manage medium sized IT team off-site ad on-site locations.
    • Meet client expectations during life cycle of a project with heavy interaction during design meetings and post deployment support.
    • Hiring and training of employees/consultants based on project requirement. Conduct regular reviews of team members to ensure optimum performance and motivation.
    • Excellent understating of running an independent software company with result oriented focus and generating profits.


    Great West Life. (01/1997 - 12/1997)
    Project Description: It provides underwriting services to HMO, PPO and EPO health insurance companies. Conversion and integration of MPOWER to HURON auto adjudication to process claims. Data was made available over the Internet for advance search capability for physician directory. QMF library was used to save SQL which was used by web developers. Back-end database was DB2-UDB.

    Role: Managed data services for entire team including ETL and writing stored procedures. I remained actively involved in data mapping, analysis and migration for downstream systems.

    AMERICAN MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. ( 01/1998 - 06 /1999).
    Project Description: AMS is a software house which provides Billing/Customer service systems to telecommunication companies like AT&T, MCI, US West, GTE, British Telecom and several other European companies. Core system is customized to fit per client requirements. DB2 was major database with front-end in COBOL and CICS and Mainframes and Client server environment.

    Role: Worked on various customization modules and remained involved with client and projects multiple phases from development to Implementation and end product shipping to clients. Being part of a big team was assigned to multiple clients for changing hat and role playing for setup applications and implement customization interfaces.

    OCHAMPS/TRICARE MANAGEMENT. ( 07/1999 - 12/2001).
    Project Description: Client provides health insurance to defense personals. An Existing application was in use which would print numerous hard copy reports for staff on daily basis. To automate some of the processes data was made available over Intranet. Data was stored in DB2 and Crystal was used as Front-end reporting. It ensured timely availability of information over the web and saved staff members from sifting through paper reports.

    Role: Managed DB2 databases and existing applications, aggregating and mapping data for reporting and provided post deployment production support. Planned and implemented phased decommissioning of legacy applications.

    Blue Cross Blue Shields – Baton Rouge LA. (Jan 2002 – Aug 2004)
    Project Description: Designed and developed strategy to implement EDI modules to existing applications to be HIPAA complaint per Federal Regulations. Data is stored in DB2 and IMS databases for research. New modules have been designed to Conforming the data to X12 EDI transactions.

    Role: As a lead analyst created detailed requirement analysis, functional specifications and test plans. Developed complex stored procedures to implement business rules.

    Defense Manufacturing And Aerospace Industry. (01/1980 - 03/1994).

    Project Description: Designed and developed strategy to implement manufacturing modules to existing application environment of Procurement, Bill of Material, Quality Assurance, Labor data collection, MRP, Just in Time, Shop Floor Control, Inventory Management, Data storage management Backup and Recovery. 24/7 support for production environment, Maintenance of existing application, changing the system as business practices changes. Determining and researching impact to existing systems. Defining problems and proposing solutions to challenging situations. Good communication with end users community.
    Above activities and skills were applied in professional corporate environment in the following Corporations of America i.e. MONSANTO FISHER CONTROL, GARRETT AIRSEARCH, NORTHROP GRUMEN, McDonalds DOUGLAS AEROSPACE, MARTIN LOCKHEED.

    Role: As a lead analyst created detailed requirement analysis, functional specifications and test plans. Developed complex stored procedures to implement business rules. Implement lifetime value modeling concepts into the business units. Understand complex data sets and relate the information to the effect on customer lifetime value. Define the key performance indicators for each business unit and create a performance management process to drive accountability. Interface with executive leadership on business insights in multiple organizations including: ACCOUNT PAYABLE RECIEVABLE, PAYROLL, LABOR DATA COLLECTION, EFTPS for IRS and FEDERAL RESERVE BANK and FIRST INTERSTATE SERVICES, POS, INTERLINK, CIRRUS ATM applications, MRP, MATERIAL REQUIREMENT PLANNING, CAPACITY PLANNING etc. POS, Wholesale, Mass Markets, Corporate Strategy, and Marketing. Integrate short-term business forecasts into the long-range planning process. Create business analytic solutions through integrated knowledge of client analytic needs and overall system architecture. Utilizing skill set of IBM Mainframes, Client server, CICS, COBOL, IMS, DB2 Databases, DBMS, JCL, TSO, DB2I, HTML, XML, SQL/DS/400/PL, Informix, Sybase, Oracle and several other 4GL tools in IT industry.
    NEED MORE DETAIL – PLEASE CALL, PHONE: 303-741-2220 THANKS
    REFERENCE: Provided on request when mutual interest has developed.

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    st1440

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I desperately need a job, I learn quickly and my back ground is in bookkeeping/tax preparation. Any ideas? would love to work for the government

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    MotownMusicLvr

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    My background is all Inside Sales/Account Management/Customer Service in the private sector for the past 20+ years. I have been laid off one too many times and I am not working now. I want a government job and have no idea where to begin or what type of job my background fits. I have a BS degree in Business Administration and have worked for some major private sector companies. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks

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    Hope42morrow

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Kyle - You need to find the agency and job that's being advertised that you want. Then contact HR in that agency. You explain that you want to use the Schedule A hiring authority. This is an appointment authority and is noncompetitive (See the information below). Also, depending on when you were seperated, (i think it's 12 years) you would qualify for VERA through the veterans affairs. I hope this helps.

    Jobs Filled Non-competitively
    People with Mental Retardation, Severe Physical Disabilities, or Psychiatric Disabilities and have documentation from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., state or private); or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits may apply for non-competitive appointment through the Schedule A (5 C.F.R. 213.3102(u)) hiring authority. Applicants with documentation may apply directly to agencies' Selective Placement Coordinators or equivalent to be considered for jobs. Applicants should send a resume plus the pertinent documentation to the Selective Placement Coordinator or equivalent.

    Appointment Authorities
    The Federal Government has a special Schedule A (5 C.F.R. 213.3102(u)) appointing authority for persons with Mental Retardation, Severe Physical Disabilities, or Psychiatric Disabilities.

    Disabled veterans may also be considered under special hiring programs for disabled veterans with disability ratings from the Department of Veterans Affairs of 30% or more.

    Proof of Disability and Certification of Job Readiness
    Eligibility for appointment under this Schedule A (5 C.F.R. 213.3102(u)) authority consists of two parts:

    Proof of Disability: An individual wishing to be hired under this Schedule A (5 C.F.R. 213.3102(u)) authority must provide proof he or she is indeed an individual with mental retardation, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability. This proof must be provided to the hiring agency before an individual can be hired.

    This proof may be in the form of documentation obtained from licensed medical professionals, state or private vocational rehabilitation specialists, or any Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits.

    Certification of Job Readiness: An individual hired under this authority must be ready to perform the job for which they are being considered. This certification is a statement that the individual is likely to succeed in the performance of the duties of the position for which he or she is applying. For instance, the certification of job readiness for an individual applying for a position as an Administrative Assistant or an Accountant may state that the "individual is likely to succeed performing work in an office environment."

    This certification of job readiness may be obtained from the same individuals that provided the proof of disability. The certification may be on the same documentation as the proof of disability or it may be a separate document.

    In situations where an individual has the proof of disability documentation, but not the certification of job readiness, hiring agencies have the discretion to place an individual on a temporary appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. 213.3102(u)) to determine an individual's job readiness.

    Finding a Position
    In addition to competing for a position by applying through a vacancy announcement, the Federal Government's Selective Placement programs include a special hiring authority for hiring people with Mental Retardation, Severe Physical Disabilities, or Psychiatric Disabilities.

    You may apply for employment directly to agencies, which may use this authority to streamline the appointment of people with disabilities. If you are interested in being considered under this special authority, and have proof of disability from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., state or private); or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits, you should contact the Federal agency where you wish to work. Ask for the Selective Placement or Disability Employment coordinator or their equivalent.

    Certain veterans may also be considered under special hiring programs for disabled veterans with disability ratings of 30% or more. Your Department of Veterans Affairs vocational rehabilitation counselor should be able to provide you with additional information about this process.

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    likessailn

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Kyle,
    Even though I am new to your site, I have been using Chart, USAJobs and other governmental hiring sites since 1996. Here is the letter I sent Chart.

    I am a 30% disabled (10 point preference) veteran with a Bachelor of Science degree. I have been applying for government positions since 1996 with limited interviews and no success. I have been to Mississippi, utilized their talents in writing my resumex and earned a GS-12 certificate. My resumex has been proof read by several agencies (i.e. VA) and everyone tells me that it is a great one. I was offered a position by a hiring agent in 2008 to have the position given to a non veteran friend of the hiring agent. Recently I have been told that I either am over qualified or not qualified for most positions I apply for, but offered no solution. I am even applying for positions that will take me away from my family, just to get my foot in the door. I talk to HRO offices on a regular basis, they have told me that veteran preference is NOT used but rather friends hiring friends is how people in Jacksonville, Florida get hired. I hope this is not the case.
    My wife is a DOD employee (GS-9), I wrote her resumex and she was hired immediately. My brother is a SES level 2. My sister is a GS-9 and my dad retired as a GS-15.
    What else do I need to do to earn a chance at a government career? preferably a government career near my family.
    Thank you for any assistance and or guidance.

    Sincerely and disgruntled,
    Dennis Marshall
    medically separated USN

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    briandarling

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    looking for a goverment job

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    thriver

    almost 6 years ago

    20 comments

    I've looked at alot of positions with different agencies, mostly USA.GOV.,recently last mont h I passed the TSA exam, they wanted to send me to Alaska at my expense. couldn't do it.

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    imran519851

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments

    hello. good afternoon. i m imran i. patel. i want job in uk. willu please help me? i want it most. so plese help me.

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    Blanca_Cruz

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments

    ~GIVES WONDERFUL TIPS.

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    Candycane...check with DLA and DRMO for logistics jobs

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    candycane92a

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I just did eight years in the military, I would like to find a job that still supports the freedoms we hold dear. I am looking for a job in logistics and or weapons.

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    raj_balarampur

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I am looking for a new goverment Job and my carear presentime was very problem

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