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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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    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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    Profiles of Popular Government Employers

    Profiles of Popular Government Employers
    Want an exciting career in government? Then you have to check out these articles on some of the most popular and interesting fields - from creating peace on Earth to exploring other planets - there is something for you. In each article, you'll find out more about the organization, employment opportunities as well as the criteria they use to choose their ...
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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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    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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    Why More Young People Are Joining the Federal Workforce

    Why More Young People Are Joining the Federal Workforce
    Government jobs often get a bad rap - sometimes justifiably, but sometimes not. Many younger job seekers see federal, state and local government jobs as being dominated by middle-aged workers who aren't open to new ideas or fresh faces. At one time, there may have been a degree of truth in such sentiments. But these days, both statistical and anecdotal evidence ...
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    How to Boost Your Government Career

    How to Boost Your Government Career
    As with any career, you want to get the most out of your government career and knowing how to boost your government career is essential to the success of your life. Getting the most out of your government career is not unlike any other career; the only difference is the boss you have to impress is the government. [gate] The first ...
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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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    Recent Grad? Start Your Federal Job Search Early

    Recent Grad? Start Your Federal Job Search Early
    Government jobs offer you plenty of room to grow, so keep trying. There are usually about 15,000 jobs listed on USAJOBS every day. Listings can also be found on Avue Central. As for why you haven't succeeded so far in your search for a federal job, I'd look at two things: One, you may not be searching in the right places ...
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    OPM Launches FedsHireVets.Gov

    OPM Launches FedsHireVets.Gov
    Washington, DC - Today, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced the official launch of FedsHireVets.gov, a critical component of President Obama's Veterans Employment Initiative. This website will help ensure Veterans, transitioning military service members, their families, HR professionals, and hiring managers receive accurate and consistent information regarding Veterans employment in the Executive Branch. John Berry, Director of OPM, stated "FedsHireVets.gov ...
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    How to Handle Sticky Situations in Your Cover Letter

    How to Handle Sticky Situations in Your Cover Letter
    Are you wondering how to deal with a sticky work history issue? Whether you were laid off from your last position, took time off to raise children or are looking to change careers, the cover letter is the perfect place to address potential red flags. One caveat: Keep the explanation brief. Writing a cover letter is an exercise in selling yourself, ...
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    How Are Federal Job Searches Different?

    How Are Federal Job Searches Different?
    Monster members are always posting questions on our Gov't/Public Service Careers message board about how searching for a government job is different from a private sector job search. Here, the Federal Career Coach answers some of your most popular questions. What should I expect to be different when searching for a federal job? When you start, search for all jobs, because ...
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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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    Secure Opportunities in Counterterror

    Secure Opportunities in Counterterror
    Looking for an opportunity with job security? Try a security job. Corporate budgets for security are up, and government spending on counterterror measures supports about 140,000 jobs, public and private, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More important to job seekers, security spending grows each year, creating employment opportunities which are unparalleled by many other sectors of the government workforce. ...
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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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    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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    9 Great Jobs for Vets in 2009

    9 Great Jobs for Vets in 2009
    Reports of the unemployment rate surging to its highest level since 1945 (more than 7 percent), and the bad economy's nationwide damage to the blue-collar and white-collar industries, is enough to make any transitioning servicemember high-tail it back to the service for a bit more job security. However, with all of this economic turmoil, nine civilian jobs have proven that they ...
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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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    Students Should Start Their Federal Application Process Early

    Students Should Start Their Federal Application Process Early
    The largest pool of federal job listings can be found at USAJOBS. Based on your bachelor's degree and years of experience, look for jobs at the GS-7 level and higher . Other options include: _Federal Internships_: These can be found at USAJOBS or by searching the Web site of the agency you're targeting. Many offer pay with benefits. _The Presidential Management ...
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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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