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    GovCentral's Featured Writers

    Much of GovCentral's content is written by critically acclaimed, professional writers on the government sector. Whether we're working with with authors, bloggers or long-time DoD managers, GovCentral aims to deliver you the highest quality content on the web. Browse our list of Featured Writers below. Click to their websites, and get to know them better! Johnathon S. Feit Jonathon Feit is ...
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    The Skills You Have and the Skills They Want

    The Skills You Have and the Skills They Want
    "I've got no skills! How am I going to qualify for a job after I graduate?" This is a common lament among college students, particularly liberal arts majors who don't see how their education will translate to the real world. But if you ever worry about not being attractive to employers, you shouldn't. First of all, nobody likes a whiner. A ...
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    Are Federal Workers Overpaid?

    Are Federal Workers Overpaid?
    The Cato Institute, a libertarian leaning think tank, suggests that the average federal worker is paid more than the average private-sector employee, especially when fringe benefits like health insurance and pensions are factored in. Nancy Folbre, Economics Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in a recent New York Times article, wanted to explore if there was any merit to these ...
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    Government Jobs: Extra Effort Can Pay Off

    Government Jobs: Extra Effort Can Pay Off
    Do you want an employer with an established reputation? Are good benefits and an even better retirement plan important to you? Do you want to make a difference? Consider a career with Uncle Sam. [gate] The federal government is on a hiring spree and will be for the foreseeable future. "There's a huge need to get high-quality, top talent working for ...
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    Highway Money Dries Up, Furloughs Could Start Tuesday

    Highway Money Dries Up, Furloughs Could Start Tuesday
    Inaction by the Senate to pass a short-term highway funding bill may cause the Department of Transportation to furlough nearly 4,000 employees nationwide starting Tuesday. With no extension, the Department of Transportation will cutoff payments to state highway programs as well as the Federal Transit Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These programs are paid ...
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    The Thirteen Worst Networking Mistakes

    The Thirteen Worst Networking Mistakes
    You wouldn't wear jeans to a job interview, but do you pay as much attention to job-hunting etiquette when networking? If you're approaching potential contacts in an offhand way, you may be putting them off entirely. Learn what the most common networking mistakes are so you don't have to make them. h4. Waiting Many people start networking only after they've lost ...
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    BREAKING: USAJobs' Search Is New (and Easier to Use)

    BREAKING: USAJobs' Search Is New (and Easier to Use)
    The BASIC Search on USAJobs is now easy to read - in one second - you can see the number of jobs in each city, each each job category and for each agency. This is a WONDERFUL improvement for the basic search tool. The new basic search now features an easy-to-read list of job search options by Agency, Location and Occupation, ...
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    What Your Words Say About You

    If you were under the impression that cramming for the SATs was the last time you'd ever have to worry about vocabulary, you're mistaken. In interviews, the words you use are often viewed as related to your level of education and general aptitude. Whether you're applying for your first postcollege job or trying to break into the executive ranks, it may ...
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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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    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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    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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    An Obama Executive Order Limits Contractors' Hiring Options

    An Obama Executive Order Limits Contractors' Hiring Options
    Less than two weeks after his inauguration, President Obama signed a little-noticed executive order that could dramatically change how federal contractors staff their government projects. The Jan. 30 directive requires service providers that win follow-on contracts to offer jobs to nonmanagerial employees at the previous company. No positions can be advertised until former employees have been granted the right of first ...
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    7 Job Search Time Wasters, and How to Avoid Them

    7 Job Search Time Wasters, and How to Avoid Them
    Looking for a job is, indeed, a full time job. And like any full time job, you probably waste a lot of time either completing tasks, or between them. The difference is, when you’re looking for work, you don’t have a boss to answer to. You are only accountable to yourself - and let’s face it, you kind of favor you. ...
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    Do Your Homework Before the Big Interview

    Once upon a time, a job seeker landed an interview, skimmed the prospective employer's annual report, wowed the hiring manager with a few company facts and strolled into his dream job. That late-'90s fairy tale rarely comes true these days. With employers in more control of the labor market, candidates feel compelled to give it their all when preparing for interviews. ...
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    Is the Government Gay-Friendly?

    Is the Government Gay-Friendly?
    From the 1930s through the end of World War II, Washington, DC, was a great place for gays and lesbians to work. The federal government was growing, and the city was tolerant. But during the McCarthy era, hundreds of gays and lesbians were arrested as supposed national security threats; thousands of others lost their jobs. The tide turned again in the ...
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    You Can Survive the Behavioral Interview

    You Can Survive the Behavioral Interview
    When asked a traditional question like, "What would you do if you had a customer who wasn't interested in buying the product?" you can make up a story. But when you're asked behavioral questions, the interviewer is listening for specific examples of how you have handled situations or problems in the past. When presented with behavioral questions beginning with phrases like, ...
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    10 Networking Secrets to Propel Your Career and Job Search

    10 Networking Secrets to Propel Your Career and Job Search
    "For each and every thing you want to achieve in life -- whether it's landing a job, earning a raise or promotion or finding lifelong romance -- there will be at least one person on the other end deciding whether you will achieve it and probably more than one person contributing to your cause. Everything we do can only be accomplished ...
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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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    Government Transition Guide

    Government Transition Guide
    At the beginning of a new presidential administration, the incoming President makes a series of high-level changes which gives us a pretty good idea of what changes we'll be seeing over the next four years. Do you have questions about what types of changes Obama has been making, or wonder what the changes will mean for somebody like you? This guide ...
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    Growing Federal Jobs: Energy

    Growing Federal Jobs: Energy
    A large and growing part of the government work force in the United States - and across the world, for that matter - is involved in keeping energy available day in and day out. These jobs involve things like finding oil and natural gas, extracting and delivering them to their end uses, whether it is heating a home with gas or ...
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