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    KSA’s To Be Phased Out

    Earlier this year the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced it was moving with much vigor to scrap the part of the government hiring process that most individuals dread; the knowledge, skills and abilities, or KSAs, questionnaire. The KSAs are a series of questions that are answered in essay form by the applicant and then graded by reviewers. Obviously, the higher ...
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    How to Ride the Federal Hiring Wave

    How to Ride the Federal Hiring Wave
    There is one - and only one - nationwide employer that will continue to annually fill hundreds of thousands of high-paying, secure, dynamic jobs no matter how bad the economy may get. Who is this employer? The federal government, which will annually hire more than 200,000 new employees throughout the U.S. - including tens of thousands of interns and recent graduates. ...
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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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    NASA Astronauts

    NASA Astronauts
    So You Want To Be An Astronaut... NASA ASTRONAUTS Alan Shepherd, John Glenn, Jr., and Sally Ride are names that conjure up images of bravery and adventure. As astronauts, they are part of a select group who probably have some of the most recognizable names in our country. When the space program began in 1959, NASA asked the U.S. Military services ...
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    8 Tips for Better Email Cover Letters

    8 Tips for Better Email Cover Letters
    As the saying goes, you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. If you're doing a job search or resume submission via email, the first impression any employer will have is from your cover letter. [gate] Some tips for creating successful email cover letters are the same as for paper cover letters: Be professional, with correct spelling and ...
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    Gov't Jobs: Secret Weapon for Job Hunters

    Gov't Jobs: Secret Weapon for Job Hunters
    The economic downturn has forced private industry and state and local government to shed jobs, but one major employer in the country is hiring: The federal government. With 11 million unemployed Americans, and millions fearing they might lose their jobs, many are arguing that Washington will be cutting jobs, too. However, economists claim that a strong federal work force will be ...
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    Master the New USAJOBS

    Master the New USAJOBS
    Last month, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) unveiled a long-awaited update to USAJOBS.gov, the key hub for careers in the federal government. One of the most vocal frustrations with USAJOBS in the past was its confusing layout. The new landing page attempts to address this with a much cleaner interface. We wondered how USAJOBS would improve the website experience in ...
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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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    Top Hiring Federal Agencies (August 2009)

    Top Hiring Federal Agencies (August 2009)
    We've compiled a few of the top federal agency's with total job postings in the past year, according to USAJOBS.gov. Click on the link to search for jobs. One caveat, this activity doesn't imply the number of current openings, just postings, so when you search for positions, the numbers might be slightly lower. Fret not, there's still a lot of opportunity ...
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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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    Federal Hiring 101: Learn What to Expect from Self-Assessments

    Federal Hiring 101: Learn What to Expect from 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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    Opportunities for Government Job Seekers Soars to New High

    Opportunities for Government Job Seekers Soars to New High
    Between the possibility of getting a job in the Obama administration as either a political appointee or a civil servant, there is now – FINALLY – great interest and excitement among the general public about federal employment. Just in time. With baby boomers retiring (while some are staying to save up for all that they have lost recently in retirement), the ...
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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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    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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    Growing Federal Jobs: Health Care

    Growing Federal Jobs: Health Care
    Government health care jobs are incredibly varied, and anyone considering this field has a vast array of positions to select from. But so many jobs can make it tough to decide which position best matches your interests and aptitude. Many health care positions serve patients directly, working with individuals, their illness or problem and their family. Yet, taking a job in ...
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    Education and Federal Jobs: What You Need to Compete

    Education and Federal Jobs: What You Need to Compete
    According to the Office of Personnel Management's 2004 Fact Book, the federal government employs 2.7 million civilian workers, about 2 percent of America's total workforce. Forty-one percent of them have college degrees, but if you don't, don't worry. In many cases, related work experience can substitute for a diploma, an important consideration when 27 percent of those civilian workers - that's ...
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    Senior Executive Service (SES) Resume Writing

    Senior Executive Service (SES) Resume Writing
    SES resume writing is an art form all of its own. Unlike any other application for a job, the federal government’s Senior Executive Service application practically demands that it be prepared by a seasoned professional in order to even have a chance at the job you are interested in. The top reason qualified candidates are rejected is because they do not ...
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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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    Special Executive Service (SES) Jobs

    Special Executive Service (SES) Jobs
    The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment which is grounded in the Constitution. The keystone of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the SES was designed to be a ...
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    Excepted Service Agencies

    Excepted Service Agencies
    Most Federal Government civilian positions are part of the competitive civil service. To obtain a Federal job, you must compete with other applicants in open competition. Some agencies are excluded from the competitive civil service procedures. This means that these agencies have their own hiring system which establishes the evaluation criteria they use in filling their internal vacancies. These agencies are ...
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