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    GovCentral's Favorite Links

    GovCentral's Favorite Links
    GovCentral continuously strives to provide its members with the best content out there. But we can't cover it all. Below is a list of some of our favorite sites that deliver varied and worthwhile information for government employees and job-seekers. Want to get linked? Email: capitol@govcentral.com for more information. • "The Senate Site" of the Utah State Senate • The Portland ...
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    The Government Really is a Good Buyer

    You've heard the horror stories. A nearly 10-year delay in acquiring new aerial refueling tankers. Big cost overruns on the electronic fence between the U.S. and Mexico. A failed interagency contract to build a system for handling Veterans benefits claims. It's all enough to make anyone ask, can the government buy anything right? Do taxpayers ever get their money's worth? Such ...
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    How Are Federal Job Searches Different?

    How Are Federal Job Searches Different?
    Monster members are always posting questions on our Gov't/Public Service Careers message board about how searching for a government job is different from a private sector job search. Here, the Federal Career Coach answers some of your most popular questions. What should I expect to be different when searching for a federal job? When you start, search for all jobs, because ...
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    Follow Up for the Win

    Follow Up for the Win
    Your follow-up letter could be what sets you apart from other candidates. If you're neck and neck with another candidate, the way you follow up could put you over the top -- or it could sink you. h4. To Send or Not to Send -- Does It Make a Difference? Catherine was looking for a business analyst to fill a position ...
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    Much Good is Done by Government Workers

    Anti-government sentiment has been prevalent across the country, fueled in part by the acrimonious health-care debate, anger over the Wall Street and auto industry bailouts, anxiety over high unemployment rates, and worry over increased spending and ballooning budget deficits. These feelings of distrust and resentment, seen in public opinion polls, vocal town hall meetings this past summer and during various demonstrations, ...
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    Growing Federal Jobs: Aerospace

    Growing Federal Jobs: Aerospace
    Hundreds of government-funded American companies, along with NASA and other federal agencies, are in serious need of quality Aerospace and Defense Sector workers. Government aerospace workers often work collaboratively with major sectors of the aerospace industry, including commercial air, space exploration, national defense, and research and development. U.S. aerospace employment currently totals over a million professionals working in good-paying jobs. With ...
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    Growing Federal Jobs: Advanced Manufacturing

    Growing Federal Jobs: Advanced Manufacturing
    Government jobs in manufacturing encourage creativity and analytical thinking. Ideas can be tested and implemented almost immediately, and the inspiration a single person brings to the job could spawn the newest development in government technology. For this reason, those who want a career that is meaningful, exciting and rewarding, should consider advanced manufacturing. Whether your interest lies in production, engineering or ...
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    The Future of Government

    The Future of Government
    Our current system of government rests on faulty assumptions about how people think and vote. To deal with the world's most challenging problems—present and future—it needs fundamental change. [gate] This guest post is part of GOOD's series with the Institute for the Future. Last week Mathias introduced you to the need for futures thinking in our society. And it requires no ...
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    The Benefit of Having Security Clearance

    A security clearance convinces government-sector employers that a person is able and willing to safeguard classified national security information. It also means that a person is noncriminal in nature, has undergone one or several security background investigations, and is easier to instate in a job where security clearance is necessary than other applicants may be. h3. Benefits of Having Active or ...
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    How to Handle Sticky Situations in Your Cover Letter

    How to Handle Sticky Situations in Your Cover Letter
    Are you wondering how to deal with a sticky work history issue? Whether you were laid off from your last position, took time off to raise children or are looking to change careers, the cover letter is the perfect place to address potential red flags. One caveat: Keep the explanation brief. Writing a cover letter is an exercise in selling yourself, ...
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    Guide for Federal Job Seekers with Disabilities

    Guide for Federal Job Seekers with Disabilities
    Just because you have a physical limitation doesn't mean you can't work as well as the next guy. You are able to overcome your disability in your daily life, and you are eager to work! If you have a disability, you know it will more than likely affect a potential employer's attitude toward you. Even if your condition has no bearing ...
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    Networking Secret #5: Don't Be a Networking Jerk

    Networking Secret #5: Don't Be a Networking Jerk
    When I give talks to students in college and grad school, they always ask me: What are the secrets to success? What are the unspoken rules for making it big? "So you want the inside scoop," I respond. "Fair enough. I'll sum up the key to success in one word: Generosity." They are shocked, because they thought I'd help them learn ...
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    Part-Time and Temporary Government Jobs Guide

    Part-Time and Temporary Government Jobs Guide
    If you aren't seeking a standard eight-hour, five-day-a-week position, a part-time or temp job might accommodate your schedule. "We have been successful in creating some job-sharing situations," says Michael Lynch, president of the Des Moines office of temporary-employment agency Manpower. "That means sometimes we'll assign two people to one job, allowing one person to work two days and the other to ...
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    What is NSPS?

    What is NSPS?
    NSPS is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) flexible and responsive civilian management system that: • Values performance and contribution • Encourages communication • Supports broader skill development • Promotes excellence in the workplace NSPS is a modernization of a 50-year-old civil service system, designed to allow DoD increased ability in attracting, recruiting, retaining, compensating, and rewarding employees. "The system focuses on ...
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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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    Networking Secret #9: Be a Conference Commando

    Networking Secret #9: Be a Conference Commando
    A conference is a huge opportunity to build relationships with extraordinary people -- people who might have a significant impact on your professional or personal success. To make sure you maximize the return on your (or your organization's) investment of time and money to attend, you can't afford to be a conference commoner. You have to be a conference commando. Here ...
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    Networking Secret #10: Go Ahead and Write Something

    Networking Secret #10: Go Ahead and Write Something
    This is one of those tricks of the networking trade that may not seem big, but boy, can it come in handy. If you have any writing skills -- and yes, the good news is we all have some level of skill -- you can get close to almost anyone by doing a piece on them or with them, even if ...
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    Agency Information Gateway

    Agency Information Gateway Doing your research? Here's a one-stop shop for information on government agencies with student employment opportunities. Studentjobs.gov has collected exclusive profile articles, as well as links to agency home pages and student employment information pages. Agency/ Office Profile Article Web Site Employment Information Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts N/A www.uscourts.gov Employment Information U.S. Air Force Article ...
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    High-Paying Stimulus Jobs You Can Get with No More Than a 4-Year Degree

    High-Paying Stimulus Jobs You Can Get with No More Than a 4-Year Degree
    President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus plan will create a number of relatively high-paying jobs for workers in construction, alternative energy, education and healthcare. While the best-paying jobs in those fields typically require at least a four-year degree, you can move into some well-paying stimulus-related jobs after spending half that time in college or training, according to Laurence Shatkin, author of Great ...
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    GovCentral takes home #4 spot in top-ranked Gov't social networks

    We're pretty excited in GovCentral HQ today as we were ranked #4 in the top government social networks by OhMyGov.com In addition to GovCentral.com, our friends and Monster cohorts, Military.com took home the top spot. I'm pretty excited to see GovCentral in this group as we continue to see growth since integrating with Monster.com in September 2009. The purpose of the ...
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