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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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    jyeafia

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

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    bforbes

    about 4 years ago

    18 comments

    ebruner I disagree with your statement about attitude. C'mon now attitude does not apply here if the hiring parties have not even spoken to you, seen you for an interview, or looked at your resume for that matter. They do not know what your attitude is, however they know what your qualifications are if they bother to take a look. I've never been even called for any government job that I'm well or overqualified for. YOU do not know whether or not I or anybody else is not overqualified for a GS-4 job. Depending on the position it may be not exactly what I'm looking for but I still apply for them. I know that I am definitely overqualified for a number of them according to the job requirements and seeing firsthand what some of those positions entail. No doubts that these jobs are competitive but you also have to factor in the buddy system and who you know, even if it is a job mopping the floors at the post office. What I'm also disappointed in seeing here and in other articles that obviously good veterans here that are being bashed by civilians either already working in government positions or would not spend a minute serving this country in a military role but quick to criticize. I've seen and worked both sides of the fence; we all are civilians before we are vets.

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    ebruner

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    It's obvious this site doesn't update their information. Looking at the responses to this article shows it's well over a year old. To all you whiners--the government is VERY competitive. Years of military service, college degrees, etc all help. One big characteristic (which is why some of you cry babies didn't get the jobs you felt you should have) is ATTITUDE. As you may notice, there are many applicants for most positions, especially better paying ones. Also, many jobs ARE filled by existing government .employees. Often, the only way to get promoted (or otherwise advance) is to APPLY (just like everyone else) for the higher position. That's why there are so many jobs that have two types of applications, one for existing gov. employees and one for non-gov. applicants. And even though all qualified applicants are considered, if there are some with similar backgrounds and qualifications, a known entity will usually trump an unknown (meaning that the gov employee has a more readily verifiable history). And, yes, the position has to be advertised, even if most of the people involved know it is to promote somebody into a newly vacant position. But that does make the position being vacated available. Also, the gov. is looking for verifiable experience, not just education, for many of its better paying positions. As someone else stated, getting your foot in the door can improve your chances. So don't balk at a GS-4 or 5 position because you think you're "over-qualified", because you're not. And do you know for a fact that you were better qualified than the person selected? You may be surprised.

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    mjkelly

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Ummm. What were you thinking? There's no summary list. Do you really think that someone will click through 26 pages? The only justification for this ridiculously unhelpful formatting is that you're attempting to maximize your ad revenue by getting readers to click through 26 pages to read a single story (that's 26 times the impressions...). However, I wonder. Is it greed or simple ineptness that led to this choice? And, NO, I did not finish reading the story (only checked pages 1,2, and 26 for the nonexistent summary).

    How useless is this story? My brother is currently considering relocating for employment purposes, and he is specifically targeting government jobs, and I'm not going to forward him this article. It's that pointless. -Jason

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    ikuznits

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Can't the put the list all one page 1st and then allow people to click on the city that they want to learn more about? Who has time to load 25 different pages to see the whole list I just want to glance at it. This website is for idiots.

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    bforbes

    about 4 years ago

    18 comments

    geminis_rhule, I think you are of the mark quite a bit. I'm black too, so what. There are many people here including myself that have PAID OUR DUES in the military and are very proud of it. That in itself does not constitute employment by the government but it does show that you have been committed to our country at that level. Many folks here such as myself have also educated ourselves. Military service does not mean you are not educated and cannot do anything beyond firing a rifle. The reason why there are so many complaints is that there seems to be a huge problem with the hiring process. People hired and sitting in seats for years that are NOT qualified to do the jobs they were hired for while making it tough for new candidates to get in the system unless you know someone. The few points advantage that military veterans receive really does not mean anything if that is circumvented by government decision makers hiring their buddies or family members instead.

    I'm a 20 year Air Force vet finishing up a Master's degree. I'm overqualified for the majority of government jobs I see advertised where they are looking for people with Masters or PHDs to perform tasks that can be done by folks with a high school diploma. Many of these government employees still only have that level of education but prevent others that have more experience, education, and possibly served honorably in our military from being hired. If you've been at it long enough, worked alongside some of these people and seen some of the injustices, you'd be a bit disappointed with the system yourself. JerryGJones is correct in saying that many of these postings are done after they already have someone in mind that they know they are going to hire. They are just posted for legal reasons. I've witnessed this myself. But it does not stop me from continuing on with my goals. Anyhow, good luck with your goals. I hope that you know someone in the system that can "get you in." If not, consider joining our military as an officer when you've completed school to serve and gain a better understanding what this is all about.

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    geminis_rhule

    almost 5 years ago

    8 comments

    all i hear is whining on this site. all of these people think that they deserve the best of the best jobs. why? what makes you so special? im in college right now majoring in security and intel and korean, and when reading this site i feel like im never going to find a job. i had a teacher that worked for the CIA for 20 years and she said that you would be surprised at how human the people there are. its not all black suits like we all think. she also had someone from the fbi come in and she was in her late 20's and had a job as an analyst. making good money might i add.

    people want government jobs for all the wrong reasons. so what if you did military service. you elected to do so. stop throwing it in everyones face. its not like you were drafted. why do you think you should be the top pick for a position? because you laid your life on the line? so do police officers and firemen, and many other people in the world yet they dont feel entitled to anything. the government used to focus on money and drug and weapons crimes. now we have terrorism. and unless you will be an asset to them they dont want you. you have to have a formal education.

    just because YOU didnt get hired doesnt mean that reflects on the entire government. maybe they just didnt want YOU. maybe youre not smart enough, not efficient enough, not competent enough. did you ever thing about that? maybe you blew it. whats with the whole race thing. if anything they are impressed by a minority that can be an asset to them. im black, grew up poor the whole shabang, but im not going to pity myself and my life. im the only black person in korean at my school, and one of the few in my program. and i dont think i shoudl be picked based off of my race.

    i have studied chinese, korean, and persian, and i have the ability to pick up on different languages quite easily. hopefully i get a job, but if i dont right away its not going to be because the governmetn is out to get me. so stop spreading the negativity. its really annoying.

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    JerryGJones

    almost 5 years ago

    62 comments

    I have an Associates degree in Internet Publishing and E-Commerce Technologies, 6 1/2 years in the Army, job skills in almost every industry at the worker and management level.....and still have no luck finding a job in any of those areas. When I DO find a job I am qualified for, it insists on being bilingual (Spanish)....I thought this was America, not Mexico...

    Anyway, the only place they seemed to get right on the top job cities, is Washington DC. Pop over to USAJobs and you will find the database bombarded with Wash. DC job openings....but you had better have a Bachelors Degree in your hand before even clicking on any of them.....or someone you know in the system.

    ....and yes, every time I have applied to the government openings, they posted the job with someone already in mind, so you can't tell me they don't require you to know someone to get in. My friend works for AAFES, and even using his name, and being totally qualified for the job, I couldn't get in.....they already had someone in mind for the job and just posted it for legal reasons.

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    JerryGJones

    almost 5 years ago

    62 comments

    From what I have seen on the jobsite listed (USAJobs) if you don't live in Washington D.C., you have no chance even for an interview. As mentioned, the writer of this article must have their head in the sand, because this is NOT the way it looks from a job-seekers point of view.

    A simple scamper through all the government job sites will lead you to nothing (unless you have a bachelors degree, and live in Washington DC).

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    sandrameyer57

    almost 5 years ago

    8 comments

    I live here and there are so few positions available I don't know who wrote this article. Are they living in a dream world?

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    sandrameyer57

    almost 5 years ago

    8 comments

    bethbrown seems to have a corect assessment. there are very few jobs in these listings and I've yet to get an interview. It is like a black hole.I have 23 years experience-most of it in the government, have a masters degree, and am a white woman. Unfortunately, I am also over 50 and if you don't believe that makes a difference in a search, well, you are much younger.

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    bethbrown

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    In response to the article on best places to live, you cannot commute in Atlanta in under 30 minutes unless you are in walking distance. I lived there for over 11 years and left because of the traffic. I do not believe the times entered for any of the DC and surrounding locations either. Would someone please comment.

    Also responding to the comments about getting hired by the government, I can assure you that race has nothing to do with it. I am a white woman trying to get hired for 5 years now to no avail. I have a masters degree and good work experience. I have had a coach for writing resumes in the government system by someone with over 15 years as a government employee. I have not had an interview. I have never even had an interview. I have met plenty of people working for the government and while some are really good, I wouldn't say that the majority of government employees fit into that catagory. Due to the limitations of computer selections, I do not see the system improving in the near future.

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    amolamiafamiglia_321

    almost 5 years ago

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    I came from New York City thinking that I was going to have my dream come true,nothing like that happening in this small town,it hurt so much. I'm going to school for criminal justice and I figure if I work in my town I can be a lot of help to my community and the residents that lives among me.I need to find a way to understand how if this is the 21 or 22 century ,why lots of people are so narrow minded and still are prejudice .Sometimes I asked myself the question what color we bleed?I 'm just 4 classes away from graduation,hoping that when I finish I can find the job or at this point a job I will have to start paying student loan .I work in a retail store with no respect what so ever ,I always respect people who worked in retail but where I work it is the hell inside the town,but since I need to pay my bills or some of the bill in this case because the pay is not that grade and no over time.See one of my biggest problem is that
    English is not my first language ,but I know what I'm study and I got many fields in my life of work and I can work with the rest of the people who have patience like I'm.

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    rmeadows

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    The government hiring system is not a “who you know” system, if you think that then you really need to learn how the government screens their applications. They are looking for specific criteria and if you don't address that criteria specifically in your resume and your application then you will not be considered. No matter what your degree is in or what your experience level is. What I have done is I address the specific KSA's in the government required STAR (Situation, Task, Action, and Result) format in a separate attachment, if the job posting will allow additional attachments. If you cannot address the KSA's in an additional attachment then alter your resume and application to address the KSA's. The old saying of keeping your resume to one page or less does not apply to the government, address the KSA's.

    This method has been very successful for me and several other people I have helped and I do have experience with hiring government employees. Also I see a lot of people who have general experience but not the specific experience that the job requires, with each job posting having thousands of applicants they can afford to look for specific experience and not just generalized areas. If you don’t have the specific experience needed for the job then you may have to set your sights a little lower, I had to swallow my pride a little to get my foot in the door. Once you do though a lot more opportunities are available to you.

    As far as the race card goes I am a black male as well as an Air Force veteran. I’m not saying racism doesn’t happen, it happens to every race, even whites. If you don’t get the job start looking at your resume or what you can do to improve yourself and make yourself a better candidate for the job you want. Using the race card or the “who you know” excuse will NEVER get you a job.

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    ranger13z

    almost 5 years ago

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    Well I am white and an Army veteran of 20 years with 2 masters degrees, and I have not been slected for any of the government jobs I applied for. they told me i didnt have the experience? really, so I agree with terelong, its who you know, the system is broke is many ways

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