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    Get Rescued with Your Resume

    Get Rescued with Your Resume
    Does your career need to be rescued? Do you need a job? Your resume can get you rescued if it’s outstanding, sizzling, targeted, interesting and friendly! How can you create this great resume? Target the resume. Find your announcement that is of interest and analyze 5 to 10 keywords in the announcement. Add these words in your resume. Let’s say you ...
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    Ten Steps to Getting a Government Job

    Ten Steps to Getting a Government Job
    You're interested in working for the US government, but you're not exactly sure what to do first. Maybe you're having difficulty figuring out what type of government job would best match the skills that you have. What are the major branches of the Government? How many jobs are available? What agencies will be hiring rapidly over the next few years? Find ...
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    2009 Government Pay Schedule

    Employees of the government know that the process for determining next year's pay rate schedule is a complicated one. Employees of the government also know that the rate of salary increase fluctuates from year to year. It is impossible to predict the 2009 pay raises with 100% certainty. Nonetheless, it is very possible to make an educated guess about what pay ...
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    How to Start Your Federal Job Search

    How to Start Your Federal Job Search
    When you start, search for all jobs, because many job titles are different in government. In addition to searching Monster for jobs, search the government's official jobs Web site, USAJOBS. You'll learn where the jobs are, the agencies that are hiring, the salaries they pay, the duties of the job and the job titles. Spend some time to find jobs you're ...
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    Seven Steps to Finding a Mid-Career Federal Job

    Seven Steps to Finding a  Mid-Career Federal Job
    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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    Why Government Job Seekers Should Beware of Scams

    Why Government Job Seekers Should Beware of Scams
    On the Government/Public Service message board, I'm frequently asked about companies that charge access to federal job listings. This Monster member smelled a rat just in time: I read an ad and called a toll-free number about applying for government jobs. I was told there would be a registration fee and was asked to provide my credit card number or my ...
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    7 Stupidest Interview Questions and What They Really Mean

    If you’ve been in the workforce long enough, the same inane questions will continue to creep up in interview after interview. What is your greatest weakness? Where do you see yourself in five years? You know, the small-talk questions that fill up just enough time between the really important questions. But all those meaningless questions actually have a purpose. That’s ...
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    Feds to Hire 600,000 Employees by 2012

    Feds to Hire 600,000 Employees by 2012
    600,000 over three years. 273,000 deemed mission-critical. That's how many people the Partnership for Public Service projects the federal government will need to hire by 2012 to fill growing needs as well as replacing a baby-boomer workforce set to retire. These numbers and other hiring projections are listed just in time for some Labor Day reading in the third edition of ...
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    Best Employers for Workers Over 50

    Best Employers for Workers Over 50
    Did you know that by 2016, one-third (33.5 percent) of the total US workforce will be age 50 or older? In the government sector, this statistic is actually even higher; in fact, 44 percent of the current Government workforce will be eligible for retirement within the next five years. The AARP's 'Best Employers for Workers Over 50' is an annual program ...
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    Top Government Job Searches (Nov. 2008)

    Top Government Job Searches (Nov. 2008)
    Finding a new government job is not going to get any easier until the Administrative Transition has taken place. Even then, we should not expect a new dawn to sweet away America's difficult economic situation on January 1st, 2009. These things take time. Want my advice? Don't wait with your fingers crossed. Stay laser-focused on your job search now, and keep ...
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    Six Steps for Career Networking

    Six Steps for Career Networking
    Most job seekers already know the importance of networking. Whether from formal professional networking groups or casual friend-of-a-friend connections, 60 percent will find a job through networking. Other savvy professionals use their networks for finding answers, advice or leads. Whatever you're trying to do, there are some simple steps you can take to get the most out of Monster Networking. Be ...
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    How to Make USAJOBS Work for You

    How to Make USAJOBS Work for You
    When starting your search for a federal government job, it is important to realize that using USAJOBS to your advantage is not merely an option, it is a necessity. Even job seekers who have networked with federal managers or have completed a government internship are required to go through the process. While some agencies have started working outside the USAJOBS portal, ...
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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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    Four Ways to Jump Start Your Government Job Search

    Four Ways to Jump Start Your Government Job Search
    Losing your job is an overwhelming feeling, no matter when it happens. GovCentral has scoured the web to help connect you with benefits you have already earned. Here are four simple steps to get you through the first days and jumpstart your government job search. (Parts of this article sourced from *"CareerOneStop":http://www.careeronestop.org* is a U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Web site that ...
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    Starting Your Federal Job Search? Learn Fed Speak First

    Starting Your Federal Job Search? Learn Fed Speak First
    Before you apply for a federal job, you have to learn a new language: Government-speak. For a quick lesson, we turned to Monster Federal Career Coach and Gov't/Public Service Careers message board expert Kathryn Troutman. Start with the announcement title, because in government, even fairly straightforward jobs are given confusing titles. For example, I just read an announcement for a "contact ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    How to Manage Your Online Federal Application

    How to Manage Your Online Federal Application
    Applying for a government job? Be careful. While all federal agency job listings and application tools can be accessed through USAJOBS, federal agencies don't all use the same resume builders and databases. Lose track of the agency and the resume builder on which you've last updated your resume, and you could lose your opportunity to land that next job. Take the ...
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