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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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    4 Federal Careers for Guardsmen

    4 Federal Careers for Guardsmen
    As a member of the National Guard, you’ve worked in Iraq under tremendous pressure, performed the highest level of teamwork, ensured safety on the ground, and worked in complex international environments. And, with this military experience, you can add at least five points to your federal application scores. This can help you rise above some of the competition. The benefits with ...
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    DHS science and technology puts innovation first

    It is a dangerous world out there, where threats -- both manmade and natural -- are predictably unpredictable. We cannot always find answers in an off-the-shelf toolbox. That is the thinking here in the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate, where we spend a small portion of our research and development (R&D) budget on high-risk, high-payoff ideas. [photo:115463] Each ...
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    Want Government Work? You Have to Get Specific

    Want Government Work? You Have to Get Specific
    Question: Washington, D.C.: Why does the government actively advertise jobs on their job site that are reserved for people within the agency? I am very tired of applying for jobs only to be told, months later, they have decided not to fill the position. I am told this is because the person they wanted to promote from within somehow didn't get ...
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    Management Matters: Putting the 'I' in Teamwork

    Management Matters: Putting the 'I' in Teamwork
    The procedure for evaluating federal employees' performance isn't just written in agencies' human resources handbooks. It's written in law. See Title 5 of the U.S. Code, Section 4302. There you'll find that agencies' performance appraisal systems must establish objective criteria "related to the job in question for each employee or position." In other words, federal performance evaluations are all about individual ...
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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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    High Turnover: When Everyone is Jumping Ship

    Last week in Washington at the Center for Government Leadership, the Partnership for Public Service trained nearly 190 federal leaders from more than two dozen agencies on business acumen. Two questions this week come from federal managers. Please continue sharing your ideas and questions by emailing me at fedcoach@ourpublicservice.org. How can I engage an unmotivated employee? --Federal manager (GS-14), Small Business ...
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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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    Stimulus Allocates Billions for Job-Training Opportunities

    Stimulus Allocates Billions for Job-Training Opportunities
    With tens of millions of people unemployed or underemployed, and with blue-chip industries from automotive to banking in distress, the US workforce sorely needs help. So the new funding for job training provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is a well-timed boon to American workers. “The [federal] workforce system will play a vital role in America’s economic recovery ...
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    Networking Secret #4: Build It Before You Need It

    Networking Secret #4: Build It Before You Need It
    I can't tell you how many times a friend has called me and said: "Keith, I just became unemployed. I need to start networking. Will you teach me how?" My answer: "No. No. No. You need to start job hunting! You should have been building relationships for the past five or 10 years so now that you need a job, you ...
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    Tribulations on the Job Hunt: Shooting Arrows in the Dark

    Tribulations on the Job Hunt: Shooting Arrows in the Dark
    My experience with the job hunt has been challenging at times, to put it mildly. The seemingly endless routine of emailing a resume along with an appropriately customized cover letter has begun to feel like shooting arrows in the dark. Who knows where the resume is going or who will be reading the cover letter – or if it will be ...
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    Newcomer's Guide to the Federal Government

    Newcomer's Guide to the Federal Government
    This time he really means it: Uncle Sam wants you. Not to fight in World War I, as in the old Army poster, but to fill one of tens of thousands of positions available each year providing services to the American public. After a number of false starts, the government has now definitely committed itself be being an employer of choice. ...
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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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    Full Speed Hiring (but not so fast)!

    Full Speed Hiring (but not so fast)!
    Before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, most U.S. airport security was aimed at making sure people didn't bring guns on board or try to hijack aircraft to Cuba or Libya. These were serious concerns because they had happened before. Editor's Note: Mike's column today is part of FederalNewsRadio's special report, 5 Fallacies of Government? All this week we examine commonly held beliefs ...
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    Should Bashing Your Boss on Facebook Be Legally Protected?

    Should Bashing Your Boss on Facebook Be Legally Protected?
    Employees have been criticizing their bosses since the beginning of time. Until the birth of social media, these conversations generally played out in lunchrooms or restrooms, around the water cooler, over a few cocktails at the local pub after working hours, and in the smoker’s circle outside the office building. [gate] Regardless if the criticisms were true or not, the context ...
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    Senator Kaufman: 'Your word is your bond'

    Sen. Ted Kaufman is the junior senator from Delaware appointed in 2009 to fill the unexpired term of senator now Vice President Joseph Biden. Kaufman was Biden's chief of staff for 19 years and was a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. One of Kaufman's senate endeavors has been his Great Federal Employees Initiative, an ongoing series of floor speeches ...
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    Networking Secret #8: Buddy Up for Success

    Networking Secret #8: Buddy Up for Success
    Just as people lose weight more effectively with a workout partner or earn higher grades if they study in groups, your efforts to build great relationships for your career and life will be much more successful if you team up. Get yourself a buddy or two - or more - and try these four ways you can enhance your success together. ...
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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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    Do Your Research Before a Job Interview

    Do Your Research Before a Job Interview
    You hear it all the time from career experts: "Research the company before you go into a job interview." But what does that mean, exactly? Here are some tips on using the Internet and tapping your network to gain information and insight that'll improve your answers--and help you ask the right questions. [gate] The company's mission Your prospective employer's Web site ...
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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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