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    15 Toughest Interview Questions (and Answers!)

    1. Why do you want to work in this industry? Bad answer: “I love politics. I a huge fan of Obama and find his message for change very inspiring.” Don’t just say you like it. Anyone can do that. Focus instead on your history with government and especially in that agency, and if you can, tell a success story. Good answer: ...
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    10 Steps to a Government Job - For Military Service Members

    10 Steps to a Government Job - For Military Service Members
    Returning to civilian life is an exciting time, and a complex undertaking. You should know the resources you have: transition assistance staff, personnel office staff, relocation specialists, education counselors, and many others can help you on your way. Yet at the end of the day, only you and your family can make the critical decisions that must be made. So where ...
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    The Best Entry Level Government Jobs

    The Best Entry Level Government Jobs
    There is a lot of discussion about how government-sector jobs are more stable than others in our faltering economy and about how government hiring trends are predicted to be more resistant to the economic downturn than other sectors. Unfortunately, this doesn't do you a whole lot of good, if you've got no idea of where to start in order to get ...
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    GS Pay Scale FAQs

    GS Pay Scale FAQs
    While we're constantly working to improve our guide to the GS Pay Scale, it can still be a confusing system. We created this page in order to answer any specific questions you might have about the Pay Scale. Since many users seem to have similar question, we'll continue to post the questions we receive here, along with the best answers we ...
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    Ten Steps to Getting a Government Job

    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 ...
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    12 Biggest Mistakes of Federal Job Seekers

    12 Biggest Mistakes of Federal Job Seekers
    If you are a first-time federal jobseeker, feeling desperate for a good, stable job, read this list of mistakes and avoid them. You will waste valuable job search time, energy and enthusiasm if you are doing it all wrong. In the current job market, it is better if you slow down, read the announcements for the qualifications, carefully review the questionnaires, ...
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    How Would YOU Change USAJOBS?

    How Would YOU Change USAJOBS?
    Last month, the Office of Personnel Management published a draft of their strategic plan for 2010-2015 seeking to update, streamline, and modernize how the federal government recruits, hires, trains, and rewards its civilian workforce. John Berry, Director of OPM, stated in a speech entitled A New Day for the Civil Service, that they have set a lofty goal to make the ...
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    Six Common Myths of Federal Job Hunting

    Six Common Myths of Federal Job Hunting
    According to the Office of Personnel Management, in the next 10 years, 60 percent of federal workers will be retiring in the next 10 years. There is plenty of opportunity, but job seekers need to remember that the process for landing a job with the federal government is radically different than what they may be used to in the private sector. ...
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    Your Federal Benefits Guide

    Your Federal Benefits Guide
    The federal government is well-known for the wide array of lucrative benefits that it provides for its employees and their families. These incentives start early with recruitment and relocation benefits and continue to reap benefits for government employees throughout their lives. While this package is impressive, comprehending it can seem highly daunting because government websites are often difficult to maneuver. This ...
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    Your Guide to Government Healthcare Jobs

    Your Guide to Government Healthcare Jobs
    The healthcare industry is expanding at an impressive rate, and many of the estimated 3.6 million new jobs will be in the government sector. The federal government already employs hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals in a variety of departments from Veterans' Affairs to Nutrition Policy to Health and Human Services. Working for the federal government has plenty of perks and ...
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    New to GovCentral?

    New to GovCentral?
    Welcome to GovCentral, an independently run hub for the civilian government community. h3. Who are we? We're not simply an anonymous job board, not an index of government agencies and contact information, but something new and different: a place where your lifelong career needs come home to roost. Whether you're considering a career in government work for the first time, or ...
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    The Top 7 Traps When Moving from Business to Government

    The Top 7 Traps When Moving from Business to Government
    Are you considering transitioning from business to government? According to government human resource professionals, you'll need to watch where you step. A recent survey of senior public-sector HR executives conducted by us - Peter Daly and Michael Watkins, coauthors of The First 90 Days in Government: Critical Success Strategies for New Public Leaders at all Levels - found that in contrast ...
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    5 Ways to Stay Motivated in Your Job Search

    5 Ways to Stay Motivated in Your Job Search
    Sit in front of laptop. Lie on couch. Eat pickles for lunch. Back to laptop. Feel sorry for self. Feel sick of self. Tear hair out in frustration. And ... back to couch. If this is your 9-to-5 routine, you're probably like 14 million other Americans: unemployed. And in addition to the frustration of looking for work, you might find yourself ...
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    7 Stupidest Interview Questions and What They Really Mean

    If you’ve been in the workforce long enough, the same inane questions will continue to creep up in interview after interview. What is your greatest weakness? Where do you see yourself in five years? You know, the small-talk questions that fill up just enough time between the really important questions. But all those meaningless questions actually have a purpose. That’s ...
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    10 Worst Time Wasters at Work

    Time flies when you're wasting it These days, no one can afford to waste time at work. Thanks to widespread downsizing, workloads are piling up. Unfortunately, extra hours in the day are not. Maximizing your time at work can mean the difference between leaving at a reasonable hour (i.e. holding onto your sanity) and staying late unnecessarily. You’ve got a ...
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    5 Federal Careers Hiring at Record Pace

    5 Federal Careers Hiring at Record Pace
    The government's 2009 hiring needs have been reported: 193,000 mission-critical jobs need must be filled over the next two years. Based on a survey of 34 federal agencies (representative of nearly 99% of the federal workforce), we've gathered important information about five career paths that are projected to hire at record paces in 2009. Inside each career profile you'll find job ...
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    What Are KSAs?

    What Are KSAs?
    KSAs are often a critical part of the Federal job application process, but most Federal job applicants are often confused about exactly what a KSA is. The information provided below provides a brief overview of KSAs and their part in the Federal hiring process. What does KSA mean? "KSA" is an abbreviation for knowledge, skills, and abilities. KSAs are attributes required ...
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    6 Sloppy Speech Habits to Avoid

    You may look good on paper or in your suit, but if you're looking to nail your big interview, looks aren't everything. How you sound is often more important. But many job seekers let careless speech habits sink their chances of landing that plum job. The Bottom Line: You don't have to study elocution to speak well. Simply slow down, ...
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    Creative Ways to Improve Your Resume

    Creative Ways to Improve Your Resume
    Career experts are unanimous on the importance of customizing our resumes for each new job we apply for. But for many of us, when it comes to revising our resumes, the first question is "How?" It's easy to get stuck in rut when you're working with material you know so well. So here are some ways to take a fresh look ...
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    How to Save an Interview Gone Wrong

    How to Save an Interview Gone Wrong
    Everything was going so well. Your solid handshake was met with a warm smile from the hiring manager. The interview started off with some small talk that segued into some skillfully answered questions. You can already see what your desk is going to look like. Then, as suddenly as a lightning strike, the interview takes a turn for the worse. Whether ...
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