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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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    How to Save an Interview Gone Wrong

    How to Save an Interview Gone Wrong
    Everything was going so well. Your solid handshake was met with a warm smile from the hiring manager. The interview started off with some small talk that segued into some skillfully answered questions. You can already see what your desk is going to look like. Then, as suddenly as a lightning strike, the interview takes a turn for the worse. Whether ...
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    The 5 P's to Job Search Success

    The 5 P's to Job Search Success
    Submitting a job application is an emotional investment. You spend hours reviewing your resume and KSA essay to make sure everything is worded correctly and accurately describes just how awesome you are. After you send it, you just know that the hiring manager is going to think your application is a masterpiece of accomplishment. Surely this application must be included into ...
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    Telecommuting Options in Government Jobs

    Telecommuting Options in Government Jobs
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a reputation for secrecy and data protection. Yet that organization was one of the first in the United States - in either the public or private sector - to embrace telecommuting. But the IRS is not the only arm of the federal government embracing telecommuting; many agencies have far outpaced the private sector in adopting ...
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    The Top 9 Websites for Government Employees and Job-Seekers

    The Top 9 Websites for Government Employees and Job-Seekers
    In this day and age, seemingly everything is on the internet. The Federal Government, and in particular the Obama Administration, is actively trying to keep up with the online trends. In their efforts to be more transparent and accessible, they are updating services on .gov sites, creating Department and agency blogs, and more. Further, because of the decline in the print ...
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    9 Useful Federal Job Facts

    9 Useful Federal Job Facts
    With new energy, enthusiasm and interest in the Obama Administration, it’s time to consider the Federal Government as your employer. Since the private industry job market is getting worse every day, it’s time to go begin a serious search. Here are nine facts about federal jobs (and job applications) which will get you working more productively towards a new job. Not ...
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    5 Ways to Stay Motivated in Your Job Search

    5 Ways to Stay Motivated in Your Job Search
    Sit in front of laptop. Lie on couch. Eat pickles for lunch. Back to laptop. Feel sorry for self. Feel sick of self. Tear hair out in frustration. And ... back to couch. If this is your 9-to-5 routine, you're probably like 14 million other Americans: unemployed. And in addition to the frustration of looking for work, you might find yourself ...
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    Five Things to Take to the Career Fair

     Five Things to Take to the Career Fair
    A career fair is a great place to gather information about potential employers and make contacts that can lead to your first job. Here's some advice on how to make the most of your time. Visit GovCentral's Job Fair Center. Five Things to Take to the Career Fair p((. 1. Copies of your resume (25 to 40 depending on the size ...
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    4 Steps to Understanding the Federal Hiring Process

    4 Steps to Understanding the Federal Hiring Process
    Applying for a federal career in the same fashion that you would apply for a private-sector job is not going to get you very far. There are some stark differences between the public and private sector, and that includes the way you submit a resume and application for a federal job. The Partnership for Public Service - an organization dedicated to ...
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    Creative Ways to Improve Your Resume

    Creative Ways to Improve Your Resume
    Career experts are unanimous on the importance of customizing our resumes for each new job we apply for. But for many of us, when it comes to revising our resumes, the first question is "How?" It's easy to get stuck in rut when you're working with material you know so well. So here are some ways to take a fresh look ...
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    Getting Hired as a First Timer

    Getting Hired as a First Timer
    Think you need a political science or public administration degree to work for the for the federal government? Think again. The government will be hiring for 193,000 mission-critical jobs over the next two years; job openings exist in over 2,000 different departments, agencies, and career fields. [gate] Some of the jobs offered are not altogether different from private sectors jobs, except ...
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    Assess Your Employment Skills

    As a companion to the new Getting Hired as a First Timer guide, these interactive quizzes have been designed to help you gauge whether or not you have learned enough to start aggressively applying for government jobs. 1: Am I Ready to Apply for Government Jobs? Many job seekers do not receive any feedback on their resume before using it to ...
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    Federal Workforce Diversity: Why Agencies Seek Out Minority Workers

    Federal Workforce Diversity: Why Agencies Seek Out Minority Workers
    Minority representation in the federal workforce continues to outstrip participation in civilian jobs with one exception: Hispanics, who are significantly underrepresented in federal jobs. But all minority applicants face challenges in government hiring and advancement. The degree of difficulty varies widely based on a number of factors, as demonstrated by the following statistics. They were summarized from the Federal Equal Opportunity ...
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    Comprehensive Government Salary Guide

    Comprehensive Government Salary Guide
    Government jobs are in demand! The Federal government is not only the nation's largest, but also its most diversified employer, with more than 2,000 different categories of employees. The diversity of government jobs available also means many different salaries and benefits packages. This comprehensive salary guide aims to reveal information related to government pay through a series of different methods. Use ...
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    NSPS Training Center

    NSPS Training Center
    The National Security Personnel System (NSPS) is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) civilian management system. With annual self-assessments due September 30th are you prepared to present what you've accomplished? Your pay increase may be directly based on your NSPS evaluation. Can you be sure that you're writing the best self-assessment possible? Use these resources to ensure that you're fully submitting your ...
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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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    Highlight Relevant Experience on Federal Resumes

    Highlight Relevant Experience on Federal Resumes
    Last week NBC produced a segment titled "De-Age Your Resume" (see video below). It's a great topic, and I'd like to give you some additional Federal Resume de-aging strategies as well. As we all know, the US government is an equal opportunity employer. Nonetheless, one can observe trends in government hiring strategies which reveal hiring hot-spots; if your qualifications, education, and ...
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    Growing Federal Jobs: Homeland Security

    Growing Federal Jobs: Homeland Security
    Represtenting the centralization of hundreds of smaller US Government industries, Homeland Security emerged as a new, extremely important industry after Sepember 2001, and has been growing very rapidly ever since. Homeland Security encompasses a broad range of activities and occupations including: - Emergency preparedness and response - Border and transportation security - Infrastructure protection - Information analysis - Homeland defense Many ...
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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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    Selling Yourself in a Job Interview

    Selling Yourself in a Job Interview
    Every job interview is different--but there are some general principles that can guide you in just about any interview, for any job. When you're talking about yourself and your experience, keep the following six points in mind. 1. Be the Solution Companies fill or create positions because they have problems they want to solve--for instance, ineffective advertising or long customer-service lines. ...
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