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Government Job Posting Myths

Government Job Posting Myths

When jobs are open only two weeks, that's for a couple of reasons you might not realize

Exceprt from Lily Garcia's How to Deal Job Column | Washington Post

On Government job postings: Last week someone wrote: “Job posting by the government is notorious. They already know who they want to fill the position but they have to advertise it.” And you asked if anyone can speak out in defense of the government.

I work in Federal government HR. This is SO not true. A big issue for us is “succession planning,” because of the demographics. People like me who have 30+ years of service are retiring, and we all have to compete for who will replace them. However, bear in mind for hiring people with no civil service status, veterans preference comes into play. Also, you are competing with others. So my advice is:

   

  • To apply for the jobs that you have the listed experience for.
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  • Call the contact number on the announcement if you have questions.
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  • Make sure you read the announcement carefully and provide all the required information.


  • Note also, when jobs are open only two weeks, that’s for a couple of reasons: One, if there are going to be a lot of applicants, that keeps the number manageable. Two, there’s lots of pressure government-wide to shorten the time it takes to hire, which includes limiting the time the announcement is open. In practical terms, I don’t think it matters how long the job is open, because no matter how long it’s open, most applications arrive only in the last few days anyway! If they get enough applications to get a good hire, that’s all the time that’s needed. If they don’t, they’ll announce the job again.

    ©2009 Yellowbrix, Inc.


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      nickey12

      almost 3 years ago

      2 comments

      You may be correct some of the time - but I have seen this over and over. I was in a position once that was designed for me but legally they had to advertise and interview. I have also been on an interview or two that I know they had someone else in mind just based on the interview going rather quickly and them not asking many questions. At the same time they tell me they had over 200 applicants and myself and one other person were the only ones they called to interview. It just seem unfair.

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      jsruzicka

      almost 3 years ago

      2 comments

      We are a government agency and have a next to impossible time hiring I.T. people because the pay is lower than the private sector. The pension used to be a selling point but, unfortunately, given all the political talk about eliminating pensions I think we'll have an even harder time hiring people. Who is going to work for less pay than the private sector AND pay 8% of their income toward a pension they might not get.

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      kbullock

      about 5 years ago

      6 comments

      I agree that there a new proceedure for hiring is needed in the government. I applied for a position, went through the panel interview, background check, and they sent my package to the Atlanta office for further review. Prior to graduating with a B.B.A. and a 3,0 GPA, I was qualified at a G5. After graduation and GPA, I was not even qualified at a G5! What happened there? No one had an answer for me though... and here I am, still looking.

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      Makiki

      about 5 years ago

      2 comments

      I am in the same situation, applied for job that I have significant experiences and 10 point vet preference but nothing. I believe we need to start complaining to our representative and OPM on Fed hiring practice.

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      jobseeker4

      about 5 years ago

      6 comments

      I have been applying to Fed/Gov jobs for 10 yrs now and have NEVER even received a word from one of them and I was well qualified and have 10 point Vet pref!!!! I can get NO help and NO answers! They hire with in and or family memebers, we on the outside have NO shot!!!! Its sad...

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      arthill

      about 5 years ago

      2 comments

      I have applied a number of times for posted positions! As a Vietnam Veteran and retired Army, qualified for the positions applied for, I have been told that I had not submitted any qualifications! On other occasions was told that the job I applied for was not the job that was open...explanation was that HR had mixed up the Job Descriptions...Understand that half the HR staff at my location is not on board...Why are the same errors repeated over and over again? I think HR needs help!

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      DARRELE

      about 5 years ago

      2 comments

      I as a 20+ year Air Force veteran feel I have been rejected on several occasions, to fill jobs that in most cases I am over qualified to fill. I agree with jyoche & HRVic! First I have submitted my "package" for several warehouse related positions at Sharpe Army Depot (Ca.) and with each submittion i have been deemed not qualified (???). I spent my entire military career as a Inventory Management Specialist! Who reviews the qualification criteria to fill this openings? Secondly, if I don't qualify; I would like to see the "package" of the person that was deemed qualified and hired.
      I have called your 1-800 number, the answering parting immidiately gave me the impression that I was disturbing them. I have asked a variety of questions and each aswer sounded as if it was beeing read for a que card. The answer never fully addressed my concern, only leaving me with a feeling of being dismissed for "challanging" the practices of those with a job! I sincerely hope the concerns of the people responding to this posting are addressed, and we can be assured our desire to serve as an American civilian be obliged.

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      jyoche

      about 5 years ago

      60 comments

      Without my 10 point Verterans preference my IT Specialist resume score was an 89 and I was refered to the hiring offical who hired without even interviewing me! I am told that narrowed the candidates refered to the hiring offical down to 10 at the most 20 and they did not conduct an interview. I am not yet a government employee, the job most likely went to someone as a promotion, I would be happy to take the position that they left, but no one talked to me.

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      HRVic

      about 5 years ago

      4 comments

      I would have to disagree with the comment from the government HR employee. Pre-selection is alive and well in the Federal government. It's just very difficult to prove.

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