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    10 Things I Learned From My Layoff

    10 Things I Learned From My Layoff
    I didn’t think it would happen to me. As a news producer for a television network, I reported on unemployment numbers daily. I was detached. Analytical. Objective. Then one day, without any prior warning, I was out of a job, and the subject of someone else’s news story. It’s not that I thought I was immune, or somehow above it ...
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    How to Apply to CIA Jobs

    Because of the classified nature of our work at the Central Intelligence Agency, the application process is a lengthy one. Depending on your specific circumstances, the process may take as little as two months or more than a year. Start by reviewing each of our career paths: Analytical Opportunities, Clandestine Service, Language Opportunities, Science, Engineering and Technology and Support Services. Each ...
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    Military Transition into the CIA

    Military Transition Your prior military service could qualify you to continue to serve your nation at the Central Intelligence Agency. Opportunities for qualified applicants are available in the U.S. and abroad. If you join the CIA, your military service could affect the benefits you earn as a federal employee. The following information offers a concise description of what to expect ...
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    Network to Get a Government Job Guide

    Network to Get a Government Job Guide
    Networking to find a job is not only recommended - it is critical. It is well noted by experts that most people find their job through referrals and personal contacts. Vanderbilt University's Career Center cited that 80% of seniors find jobs and internships through their network, while 20% find them through recruiters or job search engines. Sometimes the government workplace seems ...
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    Networking Secret #10: Go Ahead and Write Something

    Networking Secret #10: Go Ahead and Write Something
    This is one of those tricks of the networking trade that may not seem big, but boy, can it come in handy. If you have any writing skills -- and yes, the good news is we all have some level of skill -- you can get close to almost anyone by doing a piece on them or with them, even if ...
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    Networking Secret #9: Be a Conference Commando

    Networking Secret #9: Be a Conference Commando
    A conference is a huge opportunity to build relationships with extraordinary people -- people who might have a significant impact on your professional or personal success. To make sure you maximize the return on your (or your organization's) investment of time and money to attend, you can't afford to be a conference commoner. You have to be a conference commando. Here ...
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    Networking Secret #8: Buddy Up for Success

    Networking Secret #8: Buddy Up for Success
    Just as people lose weight more effectively with a workout partner or earn higher grades if they study in groups, your efforts to build great relationships for your career and life will be much more successful if you team up. Get yourself a buddy or two - or more - and try these four ways you can enhance your success together. ...
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    Networking Secret #7: Never Eat Alone

    Networking Secret #7: Never Eat Alone
    Friendship grows from the quality of time two people spend together, not the quantity. There is a common misconception that to build a bond, two people need to meet often and for long stretches. This is not the case. Outside your family and work, you probably can count the people you see frequently in the course of a month on two ...
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    Networking Secret #6: Become an Expert at Something

    Networking Secret #6: Become an Expert at Something
    To get my first postcollege job, at Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), I talked my way into a management-training program by convincing the interviewer to take on a liberal arts major as an experiment. Every trainee who had ever been hired prior to that had some fancy degree in chemical engineering, material sciences or something technical like that. There was no way ...
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    Networking Secret #5: Don't Be a Networking Jerk

    Networking Secret #5: Don't Be a Networking Jerk
    When I give talks to students in college and grad school, they always ask me: What are the secrets to success? What are the unspoken rules for making it big? "So you want the inside scoop," I respond. "Fair enough. I'll sum up the key to success in one word: Generosity." They are shocked, because they thought I'd help them learn ...
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    Networking Secret #4: Build It Before You Need It

    Networking Secret #4: Build It Before You Need It
    I can't tell you how many times a friend has called me and said: "Keith, I just became unemployed. I need to start networking. Will you teach me how?" My answer: "No. No. No. You need to start job hunting! You should have been building relationships for the past five or 10 years so now that you need a job, you ...
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    10 Networking Secrets to Propel Your Career and Job Search

    10 Networking Secrets to Propel Your Career and Job Search
    "For each and every thing you want to achieve in life -- whether it's landing a job, earning a raise or promotion or finding lifelong romance -- there will be at least one person on the other end deciding whether you will achieve it and probably more than one person contributing to your cause. Everything we do can only be accomplished ...
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    Networking Secret #3: Find Your Blue Flame to Heat Up Your Career

    Networking Secret #3: Find Your Blue Flame to Heat Up Your Career
    Every successful person I've met got where they are today by taking the same first step: Deciding what they want in life. I learned early on that the bigger my dreams, the more concrete my goals and the more targeted my efforts to build relationships, the greater success I could achieve. As a Yale undergrad, I decided that I wanted to ...
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    Networking Secret #2: Make Business Relationships Personal

    Networking Secret #2: Make Business Relationships Personal
    The most common mistake people make when building relationships for success is treating business contacts differently than personal friends. Just think for a moment about the people you work with on a professional level who are also close, personal friends. Aren't they always more forgiving when you slip up and more helpful when you're in need? Of course! I guarantee your ...
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    Networking Secret #1: You Can't Get There Alone

    Networking Secret #1: You Can't Get There Alone
    For each and every thing you want to achieve in life -- whether it's landing a job, earning a raise or promotion or finding lifelong romance -- there will be at least one person on the other end deciding whether you will achieve it and probably more than one person contributing to your cause. Everything we do can only be accomplished ...
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    The Thirteen Worst Networking Mistakes

    The Thirteen Worst Networking Mistakes
    You wouldn't wear jeans to a job interview, but do you pay as much attention to job-hunting etiquette when networking? If you're approaching potential contacts in an offhand way, you may be putting them off entirely. Learn what the most common networking mistakes are so you don't have to make them. h4. Waiting Many people start networking only after they've lost ...
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    Getting a Security Clearance ... In a Nutshell

    Whether you work for a private employer or a Federal agency . Personal . .   When you need access to classified national security information… the Federal agency Security Officer will have you fill out this: STANDARD FORM 86     It asks you for a lot of personal history information and a lot of names and addresses.   We’ll ask ...
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    The Best and Worst Departments to Work for Now

    The Best and Worst Departments to Work for Now
    Thanks to the stimulus package, many sectors of government are seeing a huge boost in job creation. On the other hand, some departments are having massive layoffs. Straight from the headlines to you, an index of sectors and areas that are hiring, and a list of states and departments that are laying people off. Nobody, not even the Administration, is able ...
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    Top 50 Federal Occupations with Highest Number of Open Job Postings (March 2009)

    Top 50 Federal Occupations with Highest Number of Open Job Postings (March 2009)
    h4. Occupations with Top Number of Federal Job Openings As of March 16th, USAJobs.gov has listed these occupations as the top in demand jobs in the last calendar month. Below you'll find the USAJobs data, as well as other key information to landing one of these federal jobs. Remember, many of these careers require additional degrees or education. Search postings on ...
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    Top 20 Requested Items at the Department of Labor

    Top 20 Requested Items at the Department of Labor
    All sorts of people use the Department of Labor (DOL) Web site. Here is a list of pages that workers, students, employers, and our other customers are going to most frequently. -Occupational Outlook Handbook -Consumer Price Index (Statistics) -Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment and Unemployment Data -State Minimum Wage Laws [widget:10_steps_to_a_government_job] -Compliance Assistance: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) -Find It ...
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