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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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    Growing Federal Jobs: Biotechnology

    Growing Federal Jobs: Biotechnology
    Life sciences, technology, manufacturing - it's all a part of biotechnology. With new discoveries being made every day, and the threats of evolving bacteria and pandemic diseases looming on the horizon, there is a lot of incentive to rise to the call. Because the biotechnology industry is experiencing such rapid growth, biotechnology jobs often expect workers to be more skilled than ...
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    Growing Federal Jobs: Education

    Growing Federal Jobs: Education
    Employment of preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers is projected to grow as fast as average jobs in the US. Job prospects are expected to be favorable, with particularly good prospects for teachers in high-demand fields like math, science, and bilingual education, or in less desirable urban or rural school districts. The employment of school teachers is expected to ...
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    Management Matters: Putting the 'I' in Teamwork

    Management Matters: Putting the 'I' in Teamwork
    The procedure for evaluating federal employees' performance isn't just written in agencies' human resources handbooks. It's written in law. See Title 5 of the U.S. Code, Section 4302. There you'll find that agencies' performance appraisal systems must establish objective criteria "related to the job in question for each employee or position." In other words, federal performance evaluations are all about individual ...
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    Lawmaker seeks to fix "outdated & old" federal hiring process once and for all

    Lawmaker seeks to fix "outdated & old" federal hiring process once and for all
    For Jeffrey Zients, the chief performance officer at the Office of Management and Budget and long-time D.C. entrepreneur and businessman, his first job in the Federal Government offers an opportunity to cast this judgement on the process by which almost all civilian employees of the government are hired: "In my experience, the best talent doesn't loiter for five months," he told ...
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    Are Federal Workers Overpaid?

    Are Federal Workers Overpaid?
    The Cato Institute, a libertarian leaning think tank, suggests that the average federal worker is paid more than the average private-sector employee, especially when fringe benefits like health insurance and pensions are factored in. Nancy Folbre, Economics Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in a recent New York Times article, wanted to explore if there was any merit to these ...
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    Transfer Internally the Right Way

    If you've been selected for an internal transfer, congratulations. An internal transfer can be an opportunity to develop your skills, boost your visibility, expand your network and make more money. Internal transfers can be promotions or reassignments. They can occur as a reward for great work, to test your potential for more senior positions, or because you are the best or ...
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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    Glossary of Federal Terms
    h4. A ABANDONMENT OF POSITION — When an employee (e.g., DD04) are considered as one agency fails to report for duty and does not submit a resignation. ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE (AWOL) — Absence without prior approval, a non-pay status resulting from an Agency determination that it will not grant any type of leave (not even leave without pay) for a period ...
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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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    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 #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 #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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    Wake up with the Gov - GovCentral Morning Round-up

    D.C. Federal Agencies Closed Tuesday While people in the D.C. region already know this, the Office of Personnel Management has closed all federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area. Here are GovCentral, we really think that Tuesday's snow should be called snow-over-it". Rep. John Murtha dies at 77 U.S. Rep. John Murtha, an unapologetic bearer of pork for his congressional district ...
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    An Obama Executive Order Limits Contractors' Hiring Options

    An Obama Executive Order Limits Contractors' Hiring Options
    Less than two weeks after his inauguration, President Obama signed a little-noticed executive order that could dramatically change how federal contractors staff their government projects. The Jan. 30 directive requires service providers that win follow-on contracts to offer jobs to nonmanagerial employees at the previous company. No positions can be advertised until former employees have been granted the right of first ...
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    Viewpoint: Agencies Must Build a Skills-Based Workforce for the 21st Century

    Viewpoint: Agencies Must Build a Skills-Based Workforce for the 21st Century
    What will the Obama administration do to ensure development of a strong, skills-based federal workforce? Given the country's financial meltdown, ballooning deficits, deepening housing crisis and on-going national security challenges, this is a critical question to answer in coming months. Agencies must take a strategic, multifaceted approach to human capital planning. This means considering requirements across the spectrum, starting with workforce ...
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    Recruiting for the Cyber Wars

    Recruiting for the Cyber Wars
    The U.S. military is looking for a few good geeks. "This building will be attacked 3 million times today," announces the commentator as the Pentagon appears on an ad available on the popular video site YouTube. "Who is going to protect it? Meet Staff Sergeant Lee Jones, Air Force Cyber Command, a member of America's only cyber command protecting us from ...
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    A Clever Job Search Strategy

    A Clever Job Search Strategy
    If you want to maximize your federal job search success you need to formulate a strategy. Here’s a helpful scenario that will help human resource specialists notice you. John, the job seeker: John decided that he wanted to land a civilian position with the Navy in Florida. So, he Googled *“Navy Civilian Jobs”* and the Navy’s website came up. Then he ...
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    Limp, or Stiff? What Your Handshake Says About You

    [photo:27297] Nobody likes a limp handshake, but you probably don't realize just how much you communicate through your hands, says Jacqueline Whitmore, author of Business Class: Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work. Here's one handshake to use, one to be careful of, and three to avoid. *Types* p((. • "+The Fail-Safe+":http://govcentral.monster.com/benefits/2149-limp-or-stiff-what-your-handshake-says-about-you?page=2 p((. • "+The Rubber Glove+":http://govcentral.monster.com/benefits/2149-limp-or-stiff-what-your-handshake-says-about-you?page=3 p((. • "+The Queen's Handshake+":http://govcentral.monster.com/benefits/2149-limp-or-stiff-what-your-handshake-says-about-you?page=4 ...
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    Newcomer's Guide to the Federal Government

    Newcomer's Guide to the Federal Government
    This time he really means it: Uncle Sam wants you. Not to fight in World War I, as in the old Army poster, but to fill one of tens of thousands of positions available each year providing services to the American public. After a number of false starts, the government has now definitely committed itself be being an employer of choice. ...
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    2009 NSPS Salary Increases

    2009 NSPS Salary Increases
    About 284,000 government employees are currently awaiting conversion to the NSPS pay system, which is expected to grow to include over 700,000 civilian employees. A significant portion of these conversions are likely to take place during the 2009 year, and we're here to help you understand how it will effect your salary. Compared to General Schedule pay increases, NSPS reviews are ...
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