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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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    MoMike

    about 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I hear many people going through the same thing. Although I am not a vet, I am a college grad searching for all types of work in the gov. Great pay, benefits, etc. I agree with the disgruntled feeling from NEVER even getting a call from the hiring manager or HR department. I believe its these people who are not doing their jobs to equally consider applicants. I believe like a salesman having to make 50 cold calls a day; these hiring managers should have to make 50 calls a day during the hiring times to each applicant, even if they lack some experience or education.
    Ironically, I have gone into several interviews with the hiring party not even knowing I have a college degree!!! Seriously, these people must come into work everyday, play on their computer, pick a few applicants the computer system picked up through word search, go to lunch, come back, maybe call on those particular applicants, and then go home. Meanwhile there are dozens of people great for the job that the word search may not have picked up. I feel I am an intelligent person who things deep into things and would be skillful for many departments within the government. Try to stay positive people. Don't think its you. There are millions in the same boat.

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    blacknigsingov

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    the fed gov hires too many blacknigs

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    cgdftg

    over 3 years ago

    62 comments

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    compton_1976

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I have been out almost a year, I will be graduating in May and I can't get hired for S&&&, I have done my resume a 100 different ways, I need help. I'm a single mother of a young child, and I got preference and nothing.

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    Saldanai

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I agreed with you bforbes, I served for over twenty years, returned to school got a degree in Network Security (GPA 3.47), I study on my own and received certification some of this government jobs require. I’ve been out ten years and even with veteran’s preference not a single call from any government agency. Veteran’s preference my #@&, but may just be venting

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    bforbes

    almost 4 years ago

    18 comments

    Actually AttySharonL, you are incorrect about this, unless you are just venting about attorney positions. Although there are many veterans that work for the government, even with the so called veteran's preference from what I've seen, it is more difficult for veterans unless you have worked in a field that only has a federal counterpart and no private sector counterpart. Everything else is open field. I retired from the military 13 years ago and was just able to land a federal job. Not because I was in the military, but because I spent the time to retrain, educate myself, and gain experience in a field that they were looking to hire for. Your GPA is also important; it directly impacts the GS level you're hired at along with your level of experience. The process unfortunately takes a long time and applicants get discouraged as I have over the years, but it finally happened for me. Patience is a virtue.

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    AttySharonL

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    To get a government job: 1. You get automatic preference if you previously served in the military, have Veterans Preference, or military spouse preference.

    If you do not have any of the above you will NOT get a job in the federal government. Government jobs are designed to be post-military jobs. And if you are an Attorney seeking a job in the government without military experience- DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME! You will NOT get hired as an attorney for the government without previous JAG or military experience. The reason is that even if you are highly qualified you will NOT get the job over someone with previous military experience.

    Read the job descriptions. The job postings for Attorneys basically say you have to have experience in the government to qualify for the job, but how can you get experience in the government unless they hire you? Easy- you have to have previous experience in the military or as a JAG Officer. JAG Officers and Veterans have preference.

    It does NOT matter what Law School you attended, what your GPA was, class ranking, or credentials when applying for a government job as an attorney. All they are looking at is whether or not you served in the military and if so then you have what they are looking for.

    Another way to get a job in the federal government- Join the Rerserves.

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    LuisaCRowe

    almost 4 years ago

    6 comments

    I had been applying for Federal Job since last August. All my applications were acknowledged, was advised that my applications were forwarded to the Hiring Manager. Never been called for interview, at the end I'm receiving notice that I was not selected. Would appreciate any further advise that could help me be hired in Federal.

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    Patrick1

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    O.K. Show me a list,surely the government must have a way to recruit it's personnel, how does one get hired on? Can someone please enlighten me ?

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    anthonyj12x

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    what i don't understand is why do you have to jump thru such hoops to get a government job, yet government is the most inefficient organization

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    jim_penny

    over 4 years ago

    8 comments

    Government Jobs are getting more and more difficult to get these days.

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    SteveG

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

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    ronhoward

    over 4 years ago

    12 comments

    I would never have known that a Federal resume is different than my school resume without the Student's Federal Career Guide.

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    Nitarad

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Having been assisting military individuals with job search, I agree. This a perfect formula for successful federal job search. Owner of federalresumewriter.com since 1992.

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    jiabanajob

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I am ready and I believe that I will be successful. Thanks for your candid advice.

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