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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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    AmeriCorps

    AmeriCorps
    AmeriCorps — A National Corps of Capable, Committed Individuals AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country's critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve with more than 3,000 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations. Since ...
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    Midlife Federal Job Searches: What's the Best Approach?

    Midlife Federal Job Searches: What's the Best Approach?
    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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    Chris McConnell Joins GovCentral, Leading Government Job Website, as Editor

    Chris McConnell Joins GovCentral, Leading Government Job Website, as Editor
    WASHINGTON - Chris McConnell, 27, of Washington, D.C. has joined GovCentral as Editor and General Manager. McConnell comes most recently from MIQCIE Strategy & Development LLC, a boutique consulting company focused on political, logistical, and communications strategy and development. As founder, McConnell worked with clients to create innovating outreach strategies targeting Congress and Federal Agencies to obtain measurable results. As Editor ...
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    Government Job Posting Myths

    Government Job Posting Myths
    On Government job postings: Last week someone wrote: "Job posting by the government is notorious. They already know who they want to fill the position but they have to advertise it." And you asked if anyone can speak out in defense of the government. I work in Federal government HR. This is SO not true. A big issue for us is ...
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    7 Job Search Time Wasters, and How to Avoid Them

    7 Job Search Time Wasters, and How to Avoid Them
    Looking for a job is, indeed, a full time job. And like any full time job, you probably waste a lot of time either completing tasks, or between them. The difference is, when you’re looking for work, you don’t have a boss to answer to. You are only accountable to yourself - and let’s face it, you kind of favor you. ...
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    Build Your Brand

    Build Your Brand
    Who makes your favorite shoes or outfits? What beverage calls your name when you need a pick-me-up? Whose movies won't you miss? Whose help do you seek when you want a project done right, at home or at work? All of these questions involve your reactions to a particular brand -- a collection of assumptions about quality, appeal and reliability that ...
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    Tailor Your Job Interview for Specific Audiences

    Tailor Your Job Interview for Specific Audiences
    When you travel overseas, ever notice how native speakers welcome your efforts to communicate in their language? While no one may take you for a local, people appreciate when you show respect for their culture and point of view. Similarly, if you’re interviewing for a job these days, chances are good that you’ll be meeting with people in multiple areas of ...
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    Where will job growth be in the next 20 years?

    Unemployment may have dipped to 9.7 percent, but job growth is still lacking. Thankfully, this won't be the case forever. Mint.com, my favorite personal finance website, takes a look at where job growth is expected over the next 20 years. As expected, the largest job growth is in urban areas. Atlanta, GA is projected to have the most job growth at ...
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    The Care B.E.A.R. Will Save You

    The Care B.E.A.R. Will Save You
    One of the best part of serving in the Military is playing with cool toys. Newsweek has compiled some of the best and strangest ones in a photo gallery they call, ahem, Weapons Porn. Gadget blog, Gizmodo, has picked a favorite. It's the Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot aka the Care B.E.A.R. I think this would be appropriate to extract over-served interns during ...
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    Federal Wage System: Introduction

    Federal Wage System: Introduction
    The Federal Wage System (FWS) was developed to make the pay of Federal blue-collar workers comparable to prevailing private sector rates in each local wage area. Before the FWS, there was no central authority to establish wage equity for Federal trade, craft, and laboring employees. In 1965, President Johnson ordered the former Civil Service Commission to work with Federal agencies and ...
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    What Ever Happened To Your Federal Application

    What Ever Happened To Your Federal Application
    Clicking “submit” on that federal application can be stressful. Hours upon hours of writing and re-writing your application can create an attachment to your precious KSA. The worst thing possible is to then send your little bundle of joy out into the world to be ransacked by those peering eyes at the Office of Personal Management. Thousands of applicants feel the ...
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    Healing the Economy: The Obama-Biden Plan

    Healing the Economy: The Obama-Biden Plan
    Our country faces its most serious economic crisis since the great depression. Working families, who saw their incomes decline by $2,000 in the economic "expansion" from 2000 to 2007, now face even deeper income losses. Retirement savings accounts have lost $2 trillion. Markets have fallen 40% in less than a year. Millions of homeowners who played by the rules can't meet ...
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    Don't Be Shy: Let Your Experience Shine

    Don't Be Shy:  Let Your Experience Shine
    "I am my biggest critic and always "play down" my accomplishments. HELP ME!" - Frustrated Job Hunter This is what one federal job seeker wrote this question to me this evening. I suggested that he do some self-talk to build up his confidence and convince himself that he is a GREAT candidate for a new job. Script for Self-Talk “I really ...
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    What Determines Where You Stand On The GS Scale?

    Having trouble figuring out which "grade" you are in on the GS Scale? Use this information to understand: 1) Levels of Qualifying Education or Training 2) What Officially Defines An "Academic Year" 3) The Benefit From College or University Education 4) The Boost From "Superior Academic Achievement" Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions GENERAL POLICIES AND INSTRUCTIONS Part E.4.(b) - E.4.(h) ...
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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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    GovCentral's Salary Related Articles

    GovCentral's Salary Related Articles
    The Department of Defense (DOD) is the lead agency responsible for conducting Federal Wage System (FWS) wage surveys and issuing wage schedules. DOD's Civilian Personnel Management Service maintains a website with all FWS wage schedules. You can access FWS wage schedules by using the website link below: Department of Defense Website ● GS Pay Scales ● Current APF Wage Schedules ● ...
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    Federal Employment Forms

    Federal Employment Forms
    Do you need more information on the federal employment forms that you will need to fill out to begin the federal hiring process? Over the past decade the overall number of federal employment forms has declined and many federal positions do not require any handwritten employment forms. Still, many job vacancy announcements identify one or two of the forms listed ...
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    The Benefit of Telecommuting

    The Benefit of Telecommuting
    Several years ago my husband and I decided to move from the DC area because we had family obligations in Texas. It was difficult to tell my boss that I was leaving. Thank goodness I brought along a box of tissue because, as expected, he cried a lot at the news. Not really, I just like messing with him. If I ...
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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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