Why Government Job Seekers Should Beware of Scams
Kathryn Troutman / Monster.com
On the Government/Public Service message board, I’m frequently asked about companies that charge access to federal job listings. This Monster member smelled a rat just in time:
I read an ad and called a toll-free number about applying for government jobs. I was told there would be a registration fee and was asked to provide my credit card number or my checking account number. I declined. What are your thoughts about this?
It’s a scam, pure and simple. Same with ads for US Postal Service jobs that charge fees for information that can be found for free on the USPS Web site or at your local post office.Finding Federal Jobs
The official federal job site is USAJOBS. You can also find free federal job listings through Monster Public Service or Avue Central.
Some people think that if you can find 15,000 real job listings promising excellent pay, benefits and opportunity for advancement, there must be a catch. But these job leads really are free. All you need is a computer and access to the Internet to browse and apply for jobs throughout the US and worldwide.How to Apply
If you find a job you’d like to apply for, click on the agency’s vacancy announcement and follow the directions. You can search that agency’s Web site by state and city anytime, day or night.Qualifications
The government hires all kinds of people with varying educational backgrounds. You do not have to have a college degree to apply for and land a federal job.Pay and Benefits
The pay is competitive, but the real draw of federal employment is the benefits: great health and life insurance, a retirement program, federal holidays, job flexibility, sick and family health days and possibly telecommuting (for some jobs).