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    Top 20 Requested Items at the Department of Labor

    Top 20 Requested Items at the Department of Labor
    All sorts of people use the Department of Labor (DOL) Web site. Here is a list of pages that workers, students, employers, and our other customers are going to most frequently. -Occupational Outlook Handbook -Consumer Price Index (Statistics) -Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment and Unemployment Data -State Minimum Wage Laws [widget:10_steps_to_a_government_job] -Compliance Assistance: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) -Find It ...
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    The Importance of KSA’s (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) in the Federal Application Process

    The Importance of KSA’s (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) in the Federal Application Process
    The Importance of KSA’s (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) in the Federal Application Process KSAs...Knowledge, Skills and Abilities...a list of special qualifications and personal attributes that you need to have for a particular job. These are the unique requirements that the hiring agency wants to find in the person selected to fill a particular job. A primary purpose of KSAs is to ...
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    Sample KSA Responses

    Sample KSA Responses
    h4. TWO QUICK KSA EXAMPLES Knowledge of health sciences. - While in college pursuing my Bachelor's Degree in Allied Health, I took courses in (give specific examples which show you have knowledge of anatomy and physiology). At the same time, I gained additional knowledge of health in my position at.... In this job I was responsible for (give specific examples). Performing ...
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    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, ...
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    10 Tips To Let Federal Employers Know Your Worth

    10 Tips To Let Federal Employers Know Your Worth
    So, you found the job you want. And it's with the Federal Government. Congratulations! You're embarking on an exciting journey with dynamic opportunities that Federal jobs provide. You're also competing with some of the best candidates around. How do you know you've shown future employers' your worth? [gate] First, read the job announcement carefully and acquaint yourself with what the Federal ...
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    Four Steps to Writing Responses to Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

    Four Steps to Writing Responses to Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
    HOW TO WRITE RESPONSES TO KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs) If you apply for a position announced in the KSA format you should respond to the KSAs. You have to describe your experience and how it relates to each of the KSAs. How do you do this? Where do you start? What do you need to think about? To help you ...
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    Government Scams and Myths: Be Informed, Stay Smart

    Government Scams and Myths: Be Informed, Stay Smart
    You never have to pay for information about job vacancies or employment opportunities with the U.S. government or U.S. Postal Service. But some scam artists are victimizing many Americans by selling information about federal job opportunities. These scam artists advertise in the classified sections of newspapers and offer – for a fee – to help job seekers find and apply for ...
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    Help Wanted: Finding a Government Job While Avoiding Scams

    Help Wanted: Finding a Government Job While Avoiding Scams
    HELP WANTED ... FINDING A JOB I saw an ad in the newspaper for jobs in corporate finance. I faxed my resume to the 800-number listed and got a call from a woman who said her company works with businesses to find employees to fill their positions. She said the service would cost me $495, but the fee was fully ...
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    Federal and Postal Job Scams

    Federal and Postal Job Scams
    Ads That Don't Add Up  Federal and postal job scams are among the biggest rackets in employment, preying on consumers who are unemployed or underemployed and can least afford to be "taken." But the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is working to protect consumers by tracking down and stopping companies that make deceptive claims about federal and postal jobs. Gregory Ashe, ...
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    Government Vacancies Abound in Crucial US Posts

    Government Vacancies Abound in Crucial US Posts
    WASHINGTON - As President Obama rolls out one of the most ambitious agendas in US history, federal agencies are struggling to administer hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of new projects and to enact sweeping policy changes with a mere handful of senior staff members in place, in part due to an increasingly tough vetting policy initiated by Obama himself. Only ...
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    Moving and Transitioning into Government Guide

    Moving and Transitioning into Government Guide
    With this down economy, many people are leaving the corporate world behind to pursue jobs in government. There is also a new generation of students graduating from college and graduate schools across the country, looking to D.C. and their local capitol buildings for employment opportunities. Researching, applying to, and working in government jobs isn't quite the same process as in in ...
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    Which Government Job Matches Your Private Sector Experience?

    Which Government Job Matches Your Private Sector Experience?
    USAJobs.gov has a tool to help you can match a public sector job to relevant private sector jobs. But what good does that do to the government job seeker? GovCentral did the hard work for you and sorted through the search tool in order to help you apply your previous outside-of-the-government work experience to your new job search. [gate] This is ...
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    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 ...
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    Is It Legal for the Government to Ask About My Arrest Records?

    Is It Legal for the Government to Ask About My Arrest Records?
    Question on Arrests: "I think that it is not a good idea to ask about arrest records, not only because it is illegal to consider this information in some states, but also because the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission counsels against it." Really? I applied twice to agency positions and both required disclosure of arrests for consideration. Sure there may be security ...
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    Expert Tips for a Stimulus Plan Resume

    Expert Tips for a Stimulus Plan Resume
    Knowing that job-seekers need to have the best resume possible now for the 3.5 million jobs that will appear in the next year or two, I asked 5 of the leading resume writers and career counselors and advisers in the country to give me their two best tips for writing a stand‐out, competitive Stimulus Plan Resume: h4. From Kathryn Troutman, Pioneering ...
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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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    Job Fairs: Fast Track to Federal Careers

    Job Fairs: Fast Track to Federal Careers
    If you’re in a rush to get hired (and what job seeker isn’t?), attend federal job fairs. Why? Because many federal employers recruit at job fairs via fast-track hiring procedures, which may even include on-the-spot offers. What’s more, many of the jobs and internships that are filled at job fairs are never advertised anywhere else. Federal employers frequently participate in several ...
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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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    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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    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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