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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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    Reading12

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I hope I can find something in the Government or local Federal job some where but I will be moving to South Carolina areas in the county of Pickens and Oconee soon or at least by the year 2010. I am excellent in 10-Key, Excel, Word for Microsoft. Thank you

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    msafire

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    VERY Helpful article. In particular the advice to call to follow up. That is the step I likely have been missing, so I apprechiate this article.

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    sandradj

    over 6 years ago

    4 comments

    This information was very informative - Thank You !!!

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    sandradj

    over 6 years ago

    4 comments

    This information was very informative -
    Thank You

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    Trinamarie58

    over 6 years ago

    4 comments

    thanks!

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    Trinamarie58

    over 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Thanks

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    dfuller41

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    THANKS!

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    designerforu

    over 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Interesting. Good information.

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    designerforu

    over 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Interesting. Good information.

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    williamwat

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Thanks, I am trying to start all over and really hope you will be able to assit, aide, or even help me Restart with a Careeer with our Uncle Sam!!!

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    mwredfern

    over 6 years ago

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    this person has never applied for or worked for the federal government.

    these procedures might work in the private sector, but the 'boys and girls club' does not allow you to just walk in the front door and announce your arrival.

    steps 1-8 is very feasible. but thats as far as it gets. the only way you get to communicate to the inside is know a member and ask them to post notes on the inside walls.

    this is not the 70's my friend. if you're going to be the expert and talk as if - cut and pasting from old newspapers does not count. so here is the true way to get in:

    1. write a great resume. and then don't plan on using it. you'll just be cut and pasting parts of it later.
    2. write a great cover letter. you will be using it.
    3. find 2 or 3 great job portals to attack. monster will not be one of them - especially for government.
    4. schedule job finding time. if you think you are going to get a job posting here and there - you are terribly wrong.
    5. post that resume and that cover letter to jobs that fit you. do not lie to yourself about what jobs you can do. remember - the key is to get in and then roam. this is not the private sector. get the job first and then walk around daily and carry a copy of the resume and cover letter.
    6. now use a networking tool like linkedin. find people who know people and cozy up. i know kevin bacon, but he does not know that. but if i tried i could get someone to tell him we are great friends.
    7. organize your work. do not just apply for a bunch of jobs. use strategy! apply, record where you applied, file the responses. you'll see who is really paying attention to you. and then zero in on the area where you are getting bites. you can't catch saltwater fish in the colorado river. go to the ocean.
    8. take another look at that resume ad cover letter. does it need more love? you bet! perfection is a state of mind - not a state of reality. we can always do better.
    9. always keep your ears open. always tell people you are looking. always carry a business card. always be working on a 2 minute sales pitch (practice this in elevators - 2 floors at a time). get a hair cut and brush the teeth more often. we are out of work - lets not look like it.
    10. repeat

    this is real. and this comes from a pro. not a recent college graduate hired by monster for pennies on the dollar.

    look its tough to get the initial look, but if you waste effort - it will never happen. if you can not take yourself and that job hunt seriously, then why would an employer. they can see it when you are not to concerned. get in it and start swinging!

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    CEETEE1

    over 6 years ago

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    Thanks I will follow these steps very carefull.

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    apierce

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I did not want to enter a comment but it would not let me proceed without it.

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    urmomma

    over 6 years ago

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    wow i love our gov they really try and help the jobless out thank u

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    bitv

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

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