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    Why Do You Want to Work Here?

    The interviewer asks a rather simple question, yet it catches you off guard: "Why do you want to work for this company?" The obvious answer that comes to mind is, "Because you have an opening, and I need a job." While this may be true, it won't get you points in a job interview. The interviewer is looking for an answer ...
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    Mastering the Phone Interview

    You just got word that you landed a job interview with a company that really interests you - only there's a slight catch. You won't be meeting with your interviewer(s) face to face. Instead, you'll be taking part in a phone interview, the results of which will determine whether you're invited to meet with company representatives in person. Many companies use ...
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    Do Your Homework Before the Big Interview

    Once upon a time, a job seeker landed an interview, skimmed the prospective employer's annual report, wowed the hiring manager with a few company facts and strolled into his dream job. That late-'90s fairy tale rarely comes true these days. With employers in more control of the labor market, candidates feel compelled to give it their all when preparing for interviews. ...
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    Gov Central Groups: Connecting Government Workers

    Gov Central Groups: Connecting Government Workers
    What are Groups and Why Should You Care? GovCentral is the nation's premiere online law enforcement community, but with its daunting breadth, it can sometimes be difficult to navigate and find the specific niche with whom you have a particular affinity. That is why we created "Groups":http://govcentral.monster.com/groups. Groups are the perfect way to connect with GovCentral members on a more substantial ...
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    When to Look for Government Internships in 2008

    When to Look for Government Internships in 2008
    The month of April is the time when we hopefully can let go of blustery winter weather as we celebrate spring's entrance. A lesser-known fact about April is that it's a prime time for college graduates to look into government internships. However, before considering this option, know that you'll need to meet some basic requirements. First, you should already have your ...
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    Learn More About Your 2008 Federal Pay Raise

    Learn More About Your 2008 Federal Pay Raise
    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is posting draft 2008 salary tables on OPM's Website. OPM anticipates that the President will issue an executive order later this year to implement the 2008 pay rates. OPM will issue a separate memorandum confirming the final 2008 salary tables after the President signs the executive order. Alternative Plan Under the authority of 5 ...
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    When to Look for Federal Internships

    When to Look for Federal Internships
    The month of April is the time when we hopefully can let go of blustery winter weather as we celebrate spring's entrance. A lesser-known fact about April is that it's a prime time for college graduates to look into government internships. However, before considering this option, know that you'll need to meet some basic requirements. First, you should already have your ...
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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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    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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    More Women Are Saying Yes to Uncle Sam

    More Women Are Saying Yes to Uncle Sam
    Condoleezza Rice’s selection as US Secretary of State in 2005 was remarkable for how unmentioned her gender was. Nearly a decade earlier, Madeleine Albright had broken that barrier. As the highest-ranking women in American government, Rice and Albright symbolize one unalienable fact: Government - one of the largest sectors of the American economy - is a great place for women to ...
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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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    Federal Job Opportunities for American Indians

    Federal Job Opportunities for American Indians
    American Indians are the least-represented minority group in the federal workforce, with about 60,000 employees in all, according to the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE). US Office of Personnel Management's 1999 data shows that American Indians were underrepresented in 12 of the 39 federal executive departments and independent agencies with more than 500 employees. Additionally, 20 percent of American ...
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    Lessons Learned from a Supreme Court Judge's Federal Application

    Lessons Learned from a Supreme Court Judge's Federal Application
    Supreme Court Judge Samuel Alito used this SF-171 form to apply for deputy assistant attorney general in 1985. Here's my assessment of his application and what you can learn from what he wrote: Work Experience Job A's description is 28 words, while Job B's is eight words, and Job C's is four. These are way too short for government applications in ...
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    Why the Federal Government Needs More Latino Workers

    Why the Federal Government Needs More Latino Workers
    True or false? The federal workforce is more diverse than that of the private sector. Believe it or not, the answer is false, at least when it comes to the Hispanic/Latino community. While Hispanics/Latinos account for 13 percent of the US population according to the 2000 census and 12 percent of the private job sector, Hispanic/Latino employees comprise less than 7 ...
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    Tired of Waiting? Learn Which Agencies Hire Faster

    Tired of Waiting? Learn Which Agencies Hire Faster
    Many government job seekers show frustration with the speed of federal hiring and ask the following: Is there anything I can do to speed things up? Are there agencies or departments that hire faster than others? Yes, applying for federal jobs by going through the many steps required does take time, but given the scale of how things work, it's not ...
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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 Find the Perfect Federal Internship

    How to Find the Perfect Federal Internship
    Federal internships can be a great way to start a career in government. But before you get an internship, you have to find it, which in some ways can be trickier than finding a job. The big difference between job hunting and looking for an internship is that internships are “excepted” positions, not “competitive” positions. What that means is instead of ...
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    Military-to-Federal Resume Tips

    Military-to-Federal Resume Tips
    As a former or current member of the armed forces, you have already demonstrated personal dedication, perseverance and strong commitment to your country. Today, the US government is better prepared than ever to offer you new, economically competitive civilian employment opportunities. Whether you're an officer, bookkeeper, aircraft repairman, supply clerk or administrative officer, the federal government may have the right job ...
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    Application Follow-Up Advice

    You've sent your resume to three (or 16 or 110) prospective employers, so you've done your part. Now all you have to do is sit back and wait for the phone to ring. But why is nothing happening? We've got news for you: Your phone will never ring. The fact you sent your resume in response to job postings means very ...
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    The Top 7 Traps When Moving from Business to Government

    The Top 7 Traps When Moving from Business to Government
    Are you considering transitioning from business to government? According to government human resource professionals, you'll need to watch where you step. A recent survey of senior public-sector HR executives conducted by us - Peter Daly and Michael Watkins, coauthors of The First 90 Days in Government: Critical Success Strategies for New Public Leaders at all Levels - found that in contrast ...
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