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    15 Toughest Interview Questions (and Answers!)

    1. Why do you want to work in this industry? Bad answer: “I love politics. I a huge fan of Obama and find his message for change very inspiring.” Don’t just say you like it. Anyone can do that. Focus instead on your history with government and especially in that agency, and if you can, tell a success story. Good answer: ...
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    The Best Entry Level Government Jobs

    The Best Entry Level Government Jobs
    There is a lot of discussion about how government-sector jobs are more stable than others in our faltering economy and about how government hiring trends are predicted to be more resistant to the economic downturn than other sectors. Unfortunately, this doesn't do you a whole lot of good, if you've got no idea of where to start in order to get ...
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    10 Steps to a Government Job - For Military Service Members

    10 Steps to a Government Job - For Military Service Members
    Returning to civilian life is an exciting time, and a complex undertaking. You should know the resources you have: transition assistance staff, personnel office staff, relocation specialists, education counselors, and many others can help you on your way. Yet at the end of the day, only you and your family can make the critical decisions that must be made. So where ...
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    Ten Steps to Getting a Government Job

    Ten Steps to Getting a Government Job
    You're interested in working for the US government, but you're not exactly sure what to do first. Maybe you're having difficulty figuring out what type of government job would best match the skills that you have. What are the major branches of the Government? How many jobs are available? What agencies will be hiring rapidly over the next few years? Find ...
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    12 Biggest Mistakes of Federal Job Seekers

    12 Biggest Mistakes of Federal Job Seekers
    If you are a first-time federal jobseeker, feeling desperate for a good, stable job, read this list of mistakes and avoid them. You will waste valuable job search time, energy and enthusiasm if you are doing it all wrong. In the current job market, it is better if you slow down, read the announcements for the qualifications, carefully review the questionnaires, ...
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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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    7 Stupidest Interview Questions and What They Really Mean

    If you’ve been in the workforce long enough, the same inane questions will continue to creep up in interview after interview. What is your greatest weakness? Where do you see yourself in five years? You know, the small-talk questions that fill up just enough time between the really important questions. But all those meaningless questions actually have a purpose. That’s ...
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    10 Worst Time Wasters at Work

    Time flies when you're wasting it These days, no one can afford to waste time at work. Thanks to widespread downsizing, workloads are piling up. Unfortunately, extra hours in the day are not. Maximizing your time at work can mean the difference between leaving at a reasonable hour (i.e. holding onto your sanity) and staying late unnecessarily. You’ve got a ...
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    5 Federal Careers Hiring at Record Pace

    5 Federal Careers Hiring at Record Pace
    The government's 2009 hiring needs have been reported: 193,000 mission-critical jobs need must be filled over the next two years. Based on a survey of 34 federal agencies (representative of nearly 99% of the federal workforce), we've gathered important information about five career paths that are projected to hire at record paces in 2009. Inside each career profile you'll find job ...
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    What Are KSAs?

    What Are KSAs?
    KSAs are often a critical part of the Federal job application process, but most Federal job applicants are often confused about exactly what a KSA is. The information provided below provides a brief overview of KSAs and their part in the Federal hiring process. What does KSA mean? "KSA" is an abbreviation for knowledge, skills, and abilities. KSAs are attributes required ...
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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 Federal Coach: Are Generation Stereotypes Real?

    The Federal Coach: Are Generation Stereotypes Real?
    If I refer to the Jersey Shore, does your first thought go to a vacation spot or to someone named "Snooki?" Your answer may say a lot about your generation. Traditionalists or Baby Boomers are thinking of summertime memories, while Millennials are thinking about Snooki and her friends on the MTV reality show. Right? Maybe. The truth is your answer probably ...
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    OPM Launches FedsHireVets.Gov

    OPM Launches FedsHireVets.Gov
    Washington, DC - Today, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced the official launch of FedsHireVets.gov, a critical component of President Obama's Veterans Employment Initiative. This website will help ensure Veterans, transitioning military service members, their families, HR professionals, and hiring managers receive accurate and consistent information regarding Veterans employment in the Executive Branch. John Berry, Director of OPM, stated "FedsHireVets.gov ...
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    Tailor Your Job Interview for Specific Audiences

    Tailor Your Job Interview for Specific Audiences
    When you travel overseas, ever notice how native speakers welcome your efforts to communicate in their language? While no one may take you for a local, people appreciate when you show respect for their culture and point of view. Similarly, if you’re interviewing for a job these days, chances are good that you’ll be meeting with people in multiple areas of ...
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    Stimulus Job Hunt Success Stories

    Stimulus Job Hunt Success Stories
    Wondering who’s getting those jobs created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)? We talked to some workers with economic stimulus success stories and tapped them for tips to help you in your job search. *Back to Work Back Home* When his contract at the "Savannah River Site":http://www.srs.gov/general/srs-home.html (SRS), a Department of Energy nuclear storage and processing facility in Aiken, ...
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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 #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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    2010 Federal Pay Raise to be Over 2.9 Percent

    2010 Federal Pay Raise to be Over 2.9 Percent
    Approximately two months after all debates were settled with regards to the 2009 government pay schedule, speculation has already surfaced on the 2010 pay rate changes. According to GovExec.com, the average pay increase will be at least *2.9 percent in 2010* (a claim which is based on figures released by the Department of Labor, according to journalist Brittany Ballenstedt). In case ...
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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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    Best Ways to Answer Federal Self-Assessments

    Best Ways to Answer Federal Self-Assessments
    Just when you got those pesky knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) statements under your belt when applying to federal government jobs, a new trend has emerged: Self-assessment questions. Also called job-specific questions, self-assessment questions are found in increasing numbers of government agencies' applications. They will be new to some federal job seekers, but don't be put off. These questions are intended ...
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