Career Guides >> Browse Articles

Browse Career Guides Articles

  • Rate

    5 Ways to Keep Your Career Moving Forward

    5 Ways to Keep Your Career Moving Forward
    The adage says, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush," and its wisdom is applicable to job seekers. It is usually far easier to find another job if you're already employed. But how can you ensure that the worst never happens to you -- that you're never left without a job and possibilities for your next opportunity? ...
  • +3

    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 ...
    Rated: +3
  • +1

    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 ...
    Rated: +1
  • +3

    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, ...
    Rated: +3
  • +2

    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 ...
    Rated: +2
  • -1

    3 Attention-Getting Tactics for Cover Letters

    3 Attention-Getting Tactics for Cover Letters
    Hiring managers and recruiters can receive hundreds--or even thousands--of applications for each open job. Typically, they can spend only a few seconds scanning a candidate's cover letter before moving on to somebody else's. So if you're looking for a job, your cover letter has to capture a reader's attention right away. Career coach Evelyn Salvador, the author of the recently released ...
    Rated: -1
  • Rate

    U.S. Secret Service

    U.S. Secret Service
    Not Exactly Your Typical Job The U.S. Secret Service was created on July 5, 1865, as a federal bureau under the Department of Treasury. At that time, its main function and purpose was to suppress the counterfeiting of U. S. Currency. In 1901, the functions of the U.S. Secret Service were expanded to include the important responsibility of protecting the President ...
  • Rate

    Employment of Noncitizens

    Employment of Noncitizens
    Considerations Only United States citizens and nationals may be appointed in the competitive civil service; however, Federal agencies may employ certain non-citizens who meet specific employability requirements in the excepted service or the Senior Executive Service. Several factors determine whether a Federal agency may employ a non-citizen. They are: Executive Order 11935 requiring citizenship in the competitive civil service, the annual ...
  • +2

    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 ...
    Rated: +2
  • +1

    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 ...
    Rated: +1
  • +2

    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 ...
    Rated: +2
  • +1

    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 ...
    Rated: +1
  • -1

    NSPS Pay and Compensation

    Under NSPS there are five ways employees can receive a pay increase: • (Local Market Supplement (LMS) – Under NSPS, the LMS replaces locality pay and special salary rates. Employees are eligible for an LMS adjustment if they have a rating of record of Level 2 (Fair) or higher. [widget:nsps__ndaa_guide] • *Rate Range Adjustment* – A change in the minimum or ...
    Rated: -1
  • +3

    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 ...
    Rated: +3
  • +16

    What Are KSAs?

    What Are KSAs?
    KSAs are often a critical part of the Federal job application process, but most Federal job applicants are often confused about exactly what a KSA is. The information provided below provides a brief overview of KSAs and their part in the Federal hiring process. What does KSA mean? "KSA" is an abbreviation for knowledge, skills, and abilities. KSAs are attributes required ...
    Rated: +16
  • +5

    Resume Center

    Resume Center
    Hiring agencies are looking forward to giving your resume a fair, honest chance. Don't believe me? Consider the following argument: there are hundreds of Human Resources jobs available in the government sector, and only a handful of them have anything to do with reading and assessing resumes. Now, why would somebody deliberately take a position reviewing candidate's resume, if they didn't ...
    Rated: +5
  • +2

    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 ...
    Rated: +2
  • +4

    Federal Jobs for Generalists

    Federal Jobs for Generalists
    Are you a passionate person? Do you synthesize information well? Do you write in a compelling, reader-friendly way? Do you have a liberal arts and/or advanced degree in law, business, international relations, public administration, public policy, environmental policy, public health or a variety of other fields? If so, you may be what is referred to as a generalist. Here are some ...
    Rated: +4
  • +5

    KSA Dos and Don'ts

    KSA Dos and Don'ts
    KSA DOs AND DON'Ts h4. DO: * Carefully read the vacancy announcement and note the required qualifications and KSAs. * Use action verbs and statements. * Include all current experience related to the KSAs whether paid or volunteer. * Arrange all of your experience in logical order (for example, chronological). * List education and training and identify title of course, hours, ...
    Rated: +5
  • Rate

    20 Career Lessons from Celebrities

    Celebrities. We love to hate them. We also love to watch their every move, laugh at their mistakes and scrutinize their decisions. Like them or not, their celebrity status means not only have they achieved career success, they’ve also got a hell of a lot to lose. And sometimes, whatever actions have helped catapult them to fame or rendered them ...
Govcentral School Finder

Save time in your search for a degree program. Use GovCentral's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.