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    Growing Federal Jobs: Information Technology

    Growing Federal Jobs: Information Technology
    IT remains a critical aspect of government work in all industries and sectors, as well as an industry in its own right. However, America continues to suffer from a shortage of qualified IT workers with flexible and portable skills who can readily adapt and respond to ever-changing IT demands and processes. If you do decide to specialize in technology, you ...
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    Ask GovGuru

    Ask GovGuru
    In a new feature we're calling Ask GovGuru, our Editorial team and experts will be responding to your questions about careers in government. At GovCentral, one of our goal's is to empower individuals to find the information and resources they need to begin a career as public servant in government at the federal, state, or local level. We hope that our ...
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    KSAs out, TalentLink in at Homeland Security

    KSAs out, TalentLink in at Homeland Security
    When the Office of Management and Budget's Peter Orszag put out a memo in June saying "the Federal hiring process needs to be reformed. The current process is lengthy and encumbered by burdensome requirements and outdated technology systems," DHS was listening. Read the OMB memo here Homeland Security is well on its way to hiring as many as 1,000 cybersecurity experts, ...
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    How Many Jobs Will Be Created/Saved in Your State?

    How Many Jobs Will Be Created/Saved in Your State?
    In an effort to maintain the transparency and accountability promised during the Presidential campaign, the Obama Administration launched Recovery.gov. The site is a searchable database of how and where tax dollars are spent as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. GovCentral found the most useful part of the site is the Estimated Job Effect Flash Map of the ...
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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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    Telework to Expand for Federal Jobs

    Telework to Expand for Federal Jobs
    Back-to-back snow storms in the Washington, DC area have knocked out the federal government for a record fourth day in a row. The Office of Personnel Management estimates the loss of productivity to be $100 million a day, which many consider a necessary cost to ensure the safety of hundreds of thousands federal, state, and local government employees in the area. ...
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    Seven Steps to Finding a Mid-Career Federal Job

    Seven Steps to Finding a  Mid-Career Federal Job
    Here's a question I see quite often on the Government Careers message board: I'm in my mid-career and am finding that my career is coming to an end because of downturns in my industry. The jobs are drying up, and my pay isn't keeping up with inflation, so I need to make a change soon. I'm thinking about working for the ...
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    Why Government Job Seekers Should Beware of Scams

    Why Government Job Seekers Should Beware of Scams
    On the Government/Public Service message board, I'm frequently asked about companies that charge access to federal job listings. This Monster member smelled a rat just in time: I read an ad and called a toll-free number about applying for government jobs. I was told there would be a registration fee and was asked to provide my credit card number or my ...
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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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    Military-to-Federal Resume Tips

    Military-to-Federal Resume Tips
    As a former or current member of the armed forces, you have already demonstrated personal dedication, perseverance and strong commitment to your country. Today, the US government is better prepared than ever to offer you new, economically competitive civilian employment opportunities. Whether you're an officer, bookkeeper, aircraft repairman, supply clerk or administrative officer, the federal government may have the right job ...
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    How to Manage Your Online Federal Application

    How to Manage Your Online Federal Application
    Applying for a government job? Be careful. While all federal agency job listings and application tools can be accessed through USAJOBS, federal agencies don't all use the same resume builders and databases. Lose track of the agency and the resume builder on which you've last updated your resume, and you could lose your opportunity to land that next job. Take the ...
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    Government Vacancies Abound in Crucial US Posts

    Government Vacancies Abound in Crucial US Posts
    WASHINGTON - As President Obama rolls out one of the most ambitious agendas in US history, federal agencies are struggling to administer hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of new projects and to enact sweeping policy changes with a mere handful of senior staff members in place, in part due to an increasingly tough vetting policy initiated by Obama himself. Only ...
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    Why the Federal Government Needs More Latino Workers

    Why the Federal Government Needs More Latino Workers
    True or false? The federal workforce is more diverse than that of the private sector. Believe it or not, the answer is false, at least when it comes to the Hispanic/Latino community. While Hispanics/Latinos account for 13 percent of the US population according to the 2000 census and 12 percent of the private job sector, Hispanic/Latino employees comprise less than 7 ...
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    Stimulus Job Hunt Success Stories

    Stimulus Job Hunt Success Stories
    Wondering who’s getting those jobs created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)? We talked to some workers with economic stimulus success stories and tapped them for tips to help you in your job search. *Back to Work Back Home* When his contract at the "Savannah River Site":http://www.srs.gov/general/srs-home.html (SRS), a Department of Energy nuclear storage and processing facility in Aiken, ...
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    Learn More About Your 2008 Federal Pay Raise

    Learn More About Your 2008 Federal Pay Raise
    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is posting draft 2008 salary tables on OPM's Website. OPM anticipates that the President will issue an executive order later this year to implement the 2008 pay rates. OPM will issue a separate memorandum confirming the final 2008 salary tables after the President signs the executive order. Alternative Plan Under the authority of 5 ...
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    Highlight Relevant Experience on Federal Resumes

    Highlight Relevant Experience on Federal Resumes
    Last week NBC produced a segment titled "De-Age Your Resume" (see video below). It's a great topic, and I'd like to give you some additional Federal Resume de-aging strategies as well. As we all know, the US government is an equal opportunity employer. Nonetheless, one can observe trends in government hiring strategies which reveal hiring hot-spots; if your qualifications, education, and ...
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    How to Turn a Stranger into a Network Contact

    How to Turn a Stranger into a Network Contact
    Whether you're looking for a job or trying to advance your career, networking is very important (in a recent HotJobs poll, 57 percent of respondents said that networking was a factor in landing their most recent job). And networking shouldn't end when you log off of LinkedIn or head home from a conference. Valuable contacts are on the perimeter of your ...
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    Add GovCentral To Your Website

    Have your own website or MySpace page? Here’s a great way to spread the word about GovCentral, and to get friends and family involved. GovCentral is now offering all member-owned websites the opportunity for partnership and link swapping. Email: info@govcentral.com for more information. h4. Text Links Feel free to use any of the text links below by copying the code out ...
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    January 2009 NSPS Payouts Approaching

    January 2009 NSPS Payouts Approaching
    With NSPS payouts approaching in January, it is important to understand the various components that make up the January pay changes under NSPS. The NSPS general salary increase is an across-the-board salary adjustment for NSPS employees who are rated “2” or higher under the NSPS performance management system. The amount of this increase is 60% of the government-wide General Schedule pay ...
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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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