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    The Skills You Have and the Skills They Want

    The Skills You Have and the Skills They Want
    "I've got no skills! How am I going to qualify for a job after I graduate?" This is a common lament among college students, particularly liberal arts majors who don't see how their education will translate to the real world. But if you ever worry about not being attractive to employers, you shouldn't. First of all, nobody likes a whiner. A ...
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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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    Avoid the 10 Worst Government Job Blunders

    Avoid the 10 Worst Government Job Blunders
    Now that you've landed yourself a sweet government job, you've got to worry about your performance. We've all heard stories of employees which are qualified for the work that they do, but just don't have enough composure or self-discipline to deliver quality work, consistently. The good news is that you can learn from the mistakes of others. Here are 10 blunders ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Growing Federal Jobs: Automative

    Growing Federal Jobs: Automative
    The automotive industry is one of the largest industries in the United States. It creates 6.6 million direct and spin-off jobs and produces $243 billion in payroll compensation. Due to the large amount of automotive workers in the private sector, many government agencies are looking to hire automotive workers. Many jobs in the automotive industry high-tech and challenging as well as ...
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    Five Things to Take to the Career Fair

     Five Things to Take to the Career Fair
    A career fair is a great place to gather information about potential employers and make contacts that can lead to your first job. Here's some advice on how to make the most of your time. Visit GovCentral's Job Fair Center. Five Things to Take to the Career Fair p((. 1. Copies of your resume (25 to 40 depending on the size ...
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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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    Expert Tips for a Stimulus Plan Resume

    Expert Tips for a Stimulus Plan Resume
    Knowing that job-seekers need to have the best resume possible now for the 3.5 million jobs that will appear in the next year or two, I asked 5 of the leading resume writers and career counselors and advisers in the country to give me their two best tips for writing a stand‐out, competitive Stimulus Plan Resume: h4. From Kathryn Troutman, Pioneering ...
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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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    Special Opportunities for the Non-Traditional Government Job Seeker

    Special Opportunities for the Non-Traditional Government Job Seeker
    Not all job-seekers are created equal. If your situation is different than most, you might need special advice to land that perfect job. We've gathered expert advice and articles to help disabled workers, part-time or temp jobs, students, Senior Executive Service, Veterans, and those without an advanced degree. Remember, many jobs need an advanced degree. Get more information here. Find more ...
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    NSPS Training Center

    NSPS Training Center
    The National Security Personnel System (NSPS) is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) civilian management system. With annual self-assessments due September 30th are you prepared to present what you've accomplished? Your pay increase may be directly based on your NSPS evaluation. Can you be sure that you're writing the best self-assessment possible? Use these resources to ensure that you're fully submitting your ...
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    Students and Recent Grads: Tackling Your Government Job Search

    Students and Recent Grads: Tackling Your Government Job Search
    The government is a great place to work right out of college - great benefits (especially nice when you aren't on your parents' tab anymore), awesome hours, and lots of holidays. And here's what your parents are going to love hearing: job security. But launching a career in government work can be a difficult thing, for many reasons. Many applicants are ...
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    Best Ways to Answer Federal Self-Assessments

    Best Ways to Answer Federal Self-Assessments
    Just when you got those pesky knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) statements under your belt when applying to federal government jobs, a new trend has emerged: Self-assessment questions. Also called job-specific questions, self-assessment questions are found in increasing numbers of government agencies' applications. They will be new to some federal job seekers, but don't be put off. These questions are intended ...
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    Green Government Jobs and Applicable Studies Breakdown

    Green Government Jobs and Applicable Studies Breakdown
    Page 1: Introduction | Page 2: Education Related to Green Jobs (Primary) | Page 3: Education Related to Green Jobs (Secondary) | Page 4: Green Government Jobs and GS Numbers (Primary) | Page 5: Green Government Jobs and GS Numbers (Secondary) 1. Approach. This analysis examines “Blueprint for Change”, President elect Obama’s Plan for America. In particular, this is an examination ...
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    10 Best and Worst Bosses: Which One Are You?

    We’ve all had bosses that we’ve either loved or hated. The boss who helped you get that promotion, or the one who clipped his toenails at his desk. Some help us advance our career, while others seem to hold us back. Different leadership styles can lead to different results for each employee. But certain styles seem to be good or ...
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    Top 50 Federal Occupations with Highest Number of Open Job Postings (April 2009)

    Top 50 Federal Occupations with Highest Number of Open Job Postings (April 2009)
    h4. Occupations with Top Number of Federal Job Openings As of April 15th, 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. There are over 10,000 more jobs added since March! Remember, many of these ...
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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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