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Top 25 Cities for Your Government Career

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Top 25 Cities for Your Government Career

Now more than ever, it’s important to get the best bang for your buck and live in a high job-growth area. And there’s no question about it — when it comes to economics, not every U.S. city is created equally.

Why chase a great salary if your rent swallows most of it, unemployment is skyrocketing and you spend two hours a day just to get to and from work?

And, which cities offer the most job opportunities in 2010 and beyond?

GovCentral has come up with the top 25 — and some may surprise you!

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    terelong

    almost 5 years ago

    6 comments

    The government system is the "good ole boys club" and the hiring process is not waht you know but who know, even with the appropriate words and a well written resume you may not get selected. I have 30 years of military service, a nurse with a BSN, MPA and Doctorate Degree and have been referred numerous times but not selected. Also don't bet on the government contracts because the contracts also function on the not what you know but the who you know philosophy.

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    Why do blacks and hispanics have to continually make racial remarks, even after we have a black president, hispanic mayors and governors, etc? Leave race out of this and stop blaming whitey (Old Boy's).

    Legal: This all may be true for some people. What about those of color. What is the hiring and retention rate for African Americans, Latino's, Asians? If the Old Boy's network is still in effect, then we are totally out of luck. In hard economic times people show what side they prefer.

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    Legal

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    This all may be true for some people. What about those of color. What is the hiring and retention rate for African Americans, Latino's, Asians? If the Old Boy's network is still in effect, then we are totally out of luck. In hard economic times people show what side they prefer.

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    WhyOhWhy777

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I moved here in 2003. Do yourself a favor - DON'T. SC has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. The "old boy" network is in full effect (even in the government sector), and unless you know the right recruiter or the right family name to drop and when - you're basically screwed. Downtown Charleston looks charming, but the charm begins and ends there.

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    WhyOhWhy777

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I was born, bred and lived in NYC for 36 years. NO ONE has a 39.3 minute commute to anywhere unless they live on Long Island and/or walk to work. Despite the availability of mass transit 24/7/365.

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    robertarbolaez

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    florida

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    Manpower

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    One of the easiest and fastest ways to get into government service is to hire on with a government contractor. Many times they fill jobs when there are manpower shortages and many of the jobs convert to permanent government jobs. Typically the contractor is hired because they are best qualified. It is also allows you to network and let people know you are looking for a permanent job. People are sometimes hesitant to take a contracting job because they are short term with no guarantees but the risk might lead to a GS position with opportunity for growth.

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    Talon

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    The list is helpful, but statistics don't give the big picture. I know very few people in the Seattle area who have a 25 minute commute. The problem is that many people can't afford to live near their jobs in Seattle, so their commute is more like an hour to an hour and a half. I live in a less desirable location, so my commute is shorter, but my government job is in a smaller town near Seattle. I-405 and the bridges are gridlocked, and there is inadequate public transportation in the suburbs. The list doesn't mention the climate, either, which is also a factor in happiness. Many Californians come up here and then leave after a year or two because they can't stand the rain and gloomy skies, and I don't blame them. It is very depressing the older you get. Yes, it is green and the trees are beautiful, but you have to put up with a lot of rain to get that greenery. So when it's not raining, the skies are usually cloudy or it is windy. And the rain is a constant drizzle, not a downpour like in Texas and then it's over. Overall, we have may three nice months a year--July, August, and if we're lucky, usually September. These are the best times to visit or to snow bird. Seattle is a beautiful place to visit, but you've been warned about the weather, and we have a lot of it. From October to May or June, it is fall to winter to not much of a spring--not usually severe, but no fun to go out in. For instance, it's May, and it's been raining almost constantly. If I could afford to sell my house, I would move to California to be near my family. If you don't mind gray skies and a high cost of living, then go ahead and move to Seattle. I have lived in the U.K., and to give you an idea, if you have lived in Merry Olde England, then you are prepared for the climate in Seattle. And to get that government job, market yourself in those KSAs. You really have to sell yourself and include every little bit of of relevant experience, no matter how minor it may seem to you. Get a professional or a friend with government experience to look over your KSAs if you can. Yes, there is some nepotism and favoritism, but I got my first government job without knowing anyone, and you can do it too, with dogged determination. It seemed like I applied for dozens of positions before getting my first call. After you get your foot in the door, you can use your government contacts and referrals just like anyone else, although it still won't guarantee you the job. Good luck!

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    ilikeike

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Where are Phoenix ,Tucson and Flagstaff and the Upper Midwest as far as that is concerned (ie Minnesota, Wisconsin, etc etc etc etc?

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    RETVET

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I have lived in Las Vegas for 4 years. My parents lived here since 1988. I have watched this city go down the tubes. Poor and / or greedy management of Casinos; influx of Illegals and So. Cal gang bangers; crime (killings, thefts and home invasions weekly); foreclosures are one of the highest in the nation; neighborhoods going from decent to ghetto life; Sr Citizens discriminated for age regardless of YEARS of experience. Vets have little to no consideration.....NOW TELL ME WHY THIS, one time fun and nice clean city, IS LISTED????

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    nrmiles32

    over 5 years ago

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    I just thought that I would bring this to the attention of everyone. It amazes me that we have that many cities with government jobs available and no one is qualified for them. I would have to say that we need to review the government recruiting process and hiring system. How is it that the nation’s capitol DC has Jobs Listed on USA Jobs: 6547. It makes no sense to have a system that only works by “Who you know and not by what you know.” If qualified educated people can't get employment how can we stimulate the economy?

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    sdavi011

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Im not sure what part of the Springs you lived in Liamagin but the only way that city sucks is if you hate places with beautiful landscape, tons of outdoor activity, and hospitable people. In fact it such a great place that a quite a few magazines rated it as one of the top 25 places to live. And considering I grew up near the Springs and have lived in numerous places since my military career started I would like to think I know what I am talking about.

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    liamagin

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Colorado Springs is a hellhole. Please don't move here. If you know anyone who lives here, please for their own good convince them to leave.

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    jcgoff91

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    It is true, filling out the application is critical but it is just like any other job....it's not always what you know but WHO you know. If you really want a government job it is best to get to know government workers, become their friends and let them know that you are interested in working for the government.

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    shannon19

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    • If you’re looking for a government job, buy a book, work on your resume...beef it up and keep in mind if you answer no to any of the questions, forget about it. Make sure that your resume has the key words and KSA answered. If you don't do this or know what KSAs are...get informed. Applying for a government job is like walking through a mine field, one wrong click and you eliminate your prospects. I have 24 years of military experience, a four year degree...and I’m still looking.

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