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    Job Seekers Continue to Value Face-to-Face Interaction

    Job Seekers Continue to Value Face-to-Face Interaction
    Federal agencies are catching on to the social media craze and leveraging that technology to attract job seekers, especially young recruits. For example, the Labor Department advertises open positions on Twitter and plans to upload its recruitment videos to YouTube. The State Department regularly updates its Facebook page and maintains the @DOSCareers Twitter account. But conventional wisdom, which holds that recent ...
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    Make Interview Preparation a Part of Daily Life

    Some people think preparing for an interview takes place within a few days of the face-to-face meeting. You review your resume to make sure it’s focused to the job and make several copies to carry with you. You make sure your business suit is pressed and clean, get a good night’s sleep and pack your business cards. These are important tasks ...
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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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    Guide to Government Interviews

    Guide to Government Interviews
    Recently, many more GovCentral users than ever before have been reporting to me that they've been landing interviews with the agencies they've diligently applied to over the past 30 - 45 days. This is a good thing! The more of our users who succeed in getting interviews, job offers, and government positions, the stronger our community will grow. Many government recruiters ...
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    Think of Your Big Interview as a Simple Conversation

    A lot of job seekers go into interviews expecting to be grilled. They prep for the typical interrogation techniques and practice their answers to all the usual interview questions. They have their talking points tucked away in the back of their minds. But many job seekers fail to recognize that often the best interviews don't feel as much like interviews as ...
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    Why the Federal Government Needs More Latino Workers

    Why the Federal Government Needs More Latino Workers
    True or false? The federal workforce is more diverse than that of the private sector. Believe it or not, the answer is false, at least when it comes to the Hispanic/Latino community. While Hispanics/Latinos account for 13 percent of the US population according to the 2000 census and 12 percent of the private job sector, Hispanic/Latino employees comprise less than 7 ...
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    Why Government Job Seekers Should Beware of Scams

    Why Government Job Seekers Should Beware of Scams
    On the Government/Public Service message board, I'm frequently asked about companies that charge access to federal job listings. This Monster member smelled a rat just in time: I read an ad and called a toll-free number about applying for government jobs. I was told there would be a registration fee and was asked to provide my credit card number or my ...
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    When to Look for Federal Internships

    When to Look for Federal Internships
    The month of April is the time when we hopefully can let go of blustery winter weather as we celebrate spring's entrance. A lesser-known fact about April is that it's a prime time for college graduates to look into government internships. However, before considering this option, know that you'll need to meet some basic requirements. First, you should already have your ...
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    Lead Effectively in Volatile Times

    These are uncertain times, and in business, that translates to economic and market volatility. During such times, fear and frustration run rampant through an organization. Employees spread rumors, work less and jump ship, because they fear the unknown. Acquisitions, mergers, downsizing and unpredictable markets require dynamic leadership to maintain stability and productivity within an organization. Do you have what it takes ...
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    8 Do's and Don'ts to Landing a Temporary Job

    8 Do's and Don'ts to Landing a Temporary Job
    If you’re a highly qualified professional who has been unemployed for a while, you may eventually have to find a “Plan B” job to pay your bills until the job market improves and you can return to your preferred type of work. There’s no shame in that, but landing a temporary survival job can be harder than you think -- there ...
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    Learn More About Your 2008 Federal Pay Raise

    Learn More About Your 2008 Federal Pay Raise
    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is posting draft 2008 salary tables on OPM's Website. OPM anticipates that the President will issue an executive order later this year to implement the 2008 pay rates. OPM will issue a separate memorandum confirming the final 2008 salary tables after the President signs the executive order. Alternative Plan Under the authority of 5 ...
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    Midlife Federal Job Searches: What's the Best Approach?

    Midlife Federal Job Searches: What's the Best Approach?
    Here's a question I see quite often on the Government Careers message board: I'm in my mid-career and am finding that my career is coming to an end because of downturns in my industry. The jobs are drying up, and my pay isn't keeping up with inflation, so I need to make a change soon. I'm thinking about working for the ...
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    Federal Wage System: Introduction

    Federal Wage System: Introduction
    The Federal Wage System (FWS) was developed to make the pay of Federal blue-collar workers comparable to prevailing private sector rates in each local wage area. Before the FWS, there was no central authority to establish wage equity for Federal trade, craft, and laboring employees. In 1965, President Johnson ordered the former Civil Service Commission to work with Federal agencies and ...
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    Peace Corps

    Peace Corps
    Peace Corps: The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love For 36 years, the Peace Corps has advanced a unique and challenging mission: to foster international peace and friendship; encourage grass-roots development in the world's poorest nations; and build greater understanding of the world among Americans. More than 148,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps Volunteers since the agency was founded in 1961. ...
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    Network to Get a Government Job Guide

    Network to Get a Government Job Guide
    Networking to find a job is not only recommended - it is critical. It is well noted by experts that most people find their job through referrals and personal contacts. Vanderbilt University's Career Center cited that 80% of seniors find jobs and internships through their network, while 20% find them through recruiters or job search engines. Sometimes the government workplace seems ...
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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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    Make Your Job Search as Effective as Possible

    Make Your Job Search as Effective as Possible
    If you have recently joined the not-so-exclusive club of the unemployed, you may want to yell, scream, cry or all of the above. Not only have you been hit emotionally, but your wallet becomes your main concern. The impact is even greater if you are head of a household. But don't be embarrassed. Here are some ways to help you achieve ...
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    Vets: Get Hired with Help from the VA's New Aquisition Academy

    Vets: Get Hired with Help from the VA's New Aquisition Academy
    GovCentral has learned of a very exciting, free opportunity for job-seeking veterans. Learn how to get better results from your federal government employment search strategy. Get more leads, more calls, and more opportunities using the knowledge, skills, and tools you acquire from the experts. FREE - even food is provided! Don't miss out on this amazing face-to-face opportunity. When and Where ...
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    Where will job growth be in the next 20 years?

    Unemployment may have dipped to 9.7 percent, but job growth is still lacking. Thankfully, this won't be the case forever. Mint.com, my favorite personal finance website, takes a look at where job growth is expected over the next 20 years. As expected, the largest job growth is in urban areas. Atlanta, GA is projected to have the most job growth at ...
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    The GovGuru Answers Your Career Questions

    The GovGuru Answers Your Career Questions
    Thanks for checking out our new feature, Ask GovGuru, where I will be answering your questions about government careers. Remember to send your questions to info@govcentral.com with the subject line "Ask GovGuru. Let's get started. My son 26 is an excellent worker and has had his current job a little over two years. Early in his adulthood, he managed to mess ...
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