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    Assess Your Employment Skills

    As a companion to the new Getting Hired as a First Timer guide, these interactive quizzes have been designed to help you gauge whether or not you have learned enough to start aggressively applying for government jobs. 1: Am I Ready to Apply for Government Jobs? Many job seekers do not receive any feedback on their resume before using it to ...
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    Government Resources for Entrepreneurs

    Government Resources for Entrepreneurs
    Government resources for small business owners have long existed, but they are often poorly understood and underutilized. Several outreach efforts currently under way, some public and some privately funded, aim to change that. One of the new programs is the community forum quietly opened last week by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Business Gateway Program. Hosted on Business.gov, the http://communities.business.gov/bsng, is ...
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    GovCentral's Favorite Links

    GovCentral's Favorite Links
    GovCentral continuously strives to provide its members with the best content out there. But we can't cover it all. Below is a list of some of our favorite sites that deliver varied and worthwhile information for government employees and job-seekers. Want to get linked? Email: capitol@govcentral.com for more information. • "The Senate Site" of the Utah State Senate • The Portland ...
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    Resume Center

    Resume Center
    Hiring agencies are looking forward to giving your resume a fair, honest chance. Don't believe me? Consider the following argument: there are hundreds of Human Resources jobs available in the government sector, and only a handful of them have anything to do with reading and assessing resumes. Now, why would somebody deliberately take a position reviewing candidate's resume, if they didn't ...
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    The Importance of KSA’s (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) in the Federal Application Process

    The Importance of KSA’s (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) in the Federal Application Process
    The Importance of KSA’s (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) in the Federal Application Process KSAs...Knowledge, Skills and Abilities...a list of special qualifications and personal attributes that you need to have for a particular job. These are the unique requirements that the hiring agency wants to find in the person selected to fill a particular job. A primary purpose of KSAs is to ...
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    The Retirement Wave

    The Retirement Wave
    Predictions have been made about a coming wave of retirements as baby boomers reach their 60's. Census Bureau estimates show that 78 million baby boomers were born between 1946 and 1964 and they are now beginning to hit early retirement eligibility. But a funny thing has happened on the way to retirement. Inside the Federal Government and in workplaces all across ...
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    Four Steps to Writing Responses to Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

    Four Steps to Writing Responses to Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
    HOW TO WRITE RESPONSES TO KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs) If you apply for a position announced in the KSA format you should respond to the KSAs. You have to describe your experience and how it relates to each of the KSAs. How do you do this? Where do you start? What do you need to think about? To help you ...
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    The Government Really is a Good Buyer

    You've heard the horror stories. A nearly 10-year delay in acquiring new aerial refueling tankers. Big cost overruns on the electronic fence between the U.S. and Mexico. A failed interagency contract to build a system for handling Veterans benefits claims. It's all enough to make anyone ask, can the government buy anything right? Do taxpayers ever get their money's worth? Such ...
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    Vendors Face Smaller Profit Margins From Government Work

    You can tick off a list of federal project failures from the FBI's Virtual Case File to the Homeland Security Department's E-Merge program that dot the history of acquisition. Add to that the famous examples such as the $500 hammer and the $1,000 toilet seat, and you can see how the perception that the government can't buy economically even if the ...
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    Keywords that Work

    Keywords that Work
    Keywords are nothing new. Previously known as buzzwords, keywords are words specific to a particular industry or profession and have two vital purposes in your job search. h4. A Single Keyword Communicates Multiple Skills and Qualifications When a prospective employer reads the keyword "sales," he or she will assume you have experience in new business development, product/service presentation, negotiations, sales closings, ...
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    GSA Makes Its Case That The Government is a Good Buyer

    As commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service, I often hear the phrase, "The government is a bad buyer." I have a different perspective. FAS works with more than $50 billion a year in taxpayer money. By serving as the government's central acquisition source, the General Services Administration has for six decades provided customers with efficient and best value products, services and ...
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    How Are Federal Job Searches Different?

    How Are Federal Job Searches Different?
    Monster members are always posting questions on our Gov't/Public Service Careers message board about how searching for a government job is different from a private sector job search. Here, the Federal Career Coach answers some of your most popular questions. What should I expect to be different when searching for a federal job? When you start, search for all jobs, because ...
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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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    KSA Dos and Don'ts

    KSA Dos and Don'ts
    KSA DOs AND DON'Ts h4. DO: * Carefully read the vacancy announcement and note the required qualifications and KSAs. * Use action verbs and statements. * Include all current experience related to the KSAs whether paid or volunteer. * Arrange all of your experience in logical order (for example, chronological). * List education and training and identify title of course, hours, ...
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    You Can Survive the Behavioral Interview

    You Can Survive the Behavioral Interview
    When asked a traditional question like, "What would you do if you had a customer who wasn't interested in buying the product?" you can make up a story. But when you're asked behavioral questions, the interviewer is listening for specific examples of how you have handled situations or problems in the past. When presented with behavioral questions beginning with phrases like, ...
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    10 Tips To Let Federal Employers Know Your Worth

    10 Tips To Let Federal Employers Know Your Worth
    So, you found the job you want. And it's with the Federal Government. Congratulations! You're embarking on an exciting journey with dynamic opportunities that Federal jobs provide. You're also competing with some of the best candidates around. How do you know you've shown future employers' your worth? [gate] First, read the job announcement carefully and acquaint yourself with what the Federal ...
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    Job Seekers Continue to Value Face-to-Face Interaction

    Job Seekers Continue to Value Face-to-Face Interaction
    Federal agencies are catching on to the social media craze and leveraging that technology to attract job seekers, especially young recruits. For example, the Labor Department advertises open positions on Twitter and plans to upload its recruitment videos to YouTube. The State Department regularly updates its Facebook page and maintains the @DOSCareers Twitter account. But conventional wisdom, which holds that recent ...
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    Prep for the Top 10 Interview Questions

    Prep for the Top 10 Interview Questions
    Too many job seekers stumble through interviews as if the questions are coming out of left field. But many interview questions are to be expected. Study this list and plan your answers ahead of time so you'll be ready to deliver them with confidence. h4. What Are Your Weaknesses? This is the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by minimizing ...
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    Follow Up for the Win

    Follow Up for the Win
    Your follow-up letter could be what sets you apart from other candidates. If you're neck and neck with another candidate, the way you follow up could put you over the top -- or it could sink you. h4. To Send or Not to Send -- Does It Make a Difference? Catherine was looking for a business analyst to fill a position ...
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    Write Winning Thank-You Letters

    Write Winning Thank-You Letters
    Writing powerful thank-you letters is not just a formality. Thank-you letters are marketing tools that can have tremendous value in moving your candidacy forward and positioning you above the competition. Although much of what you include in your thank-you letter may have already been communicated during your interview, there is nothing more effective than the written word to etch those thoughts ...
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