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    Employment of Noncitizens

    Employment of Noncitizens
    Considerations Only United States citizens and nationals may be appointed in the competitive civil service; however, Federal agencies may employ certain non-citizens who meet specific employability requirements in the excepted service or the Senior Executive Service. Several factors determine whether a Federal agency may employ a non-citizen. They are: Executive Order 11935 requiring citizenship in the competitive civil service, the annual ...
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    Write Winning Thank-You Letters

    Write Winning Thank-You Letters
    Writing powerful thank-you letters is not just a formality. Thank-you letters are marketing tools that can have tremendous value in moving your candidacy forward and positioning you above the competition. Although much of what you include in your thank-you letter may have already been communicated during your interview, there is nothing more effective than the written word to etch those thoughts ...
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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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    Prep for the Top 10 Interview Questions

    Prep for the Top 10 Interview Questions
    Too many job seekers stumble through interviews as if the questions are coming out of left field. But many interview questions are to be expected. Study this list and plan your answers ahead of time so you'll be ready to deliver them with confidence. h4. What Are Your Weaknesses? This is the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by minimizing ...
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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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    How Are Federal Job Searches Different?

    How Are Federal Job Searches Different?
    Monster members are always posting questions on our Gov't/Public Service Careers message board about how searching for a government job is different from a private sector job search. Here, the Federal Career Coach answers some of your most popular questions. What should I expect to be different when searching for a federal job? When you start, search for all jobs, because ...
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    Keywords that Work

    Keywords that Work
    Keywords are nothing new. Previously known as buzzwords, keywords are words specific to a particular industry or profession and have two vital purposes in your job search. h4. A Single Keyword Communicates Multiple Skills and Qualifications When a prospective employer reads the keyword "sales," he or she will assume you have experience in new business development, product/service presentation, negotiations, sales closings, ...
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    GovCentral's Favorite Links

    GovCentral's Favorite Links
    GovCentral continuously strives to provide its members with the best content out there. But we can't cover it all. Below is a list of some of our favorite sites that deliver varied and worthwhile information for government employees and job-seekers. Want to get linked? Email: capitol@govcentral.com for more information. • "The Senate Site" of the Utah State Senate • The Portland ...
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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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    Don't Talk Too Much

    The gift of gab can be something of a curse during an interview. You could end up talking your way right out of the job. It's important to remember that interviewers are only human, and their attention tends to wane as you speak. Fully understanding this is critical to effectively communicating during any interview. Your response should be less than a ...
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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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    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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    Why Do You Want to Work Here?

    The interviewer asks a rather simple question, yet it catches you off guard: "Why do you want to work for this company?" The obvious answer that comes to mind is, "Because you have an opening, and I need a job." While this may be true, it won't get you points in a job interview. The interviewer is looking for an answer ...
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    Mastering the Phone Interview

    You just got word that you landed a job interview with a company that really interests you - only there's a slight catch. You won't be meeting with your interviewer(s) face to face. Instead, you'll be taking part in a phone interview, the results of which will determine whether you're invited to meet with company representatives in person. Many companies use ...
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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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    Gov Central Groups: Connecting Government Workers

    Gov Central Groups: Connecting Government Workers
    What are Groups and Why Should You Care? GovCentral is the nation's premiere online law enforcement community, but with its daunting breadth, it can sometimes be difficult to navigate and find the specific niche with whom you have a particular affinity. That is why we created "Groups":http://govcentral.monster.com/groups. Groups are the perfect way to connect with GovCentral members on a more substantial ...
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    When to Look for Government Internships in 2008

    When to Look for Government Internships in 2008
    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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    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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    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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    Search All States for Federal Jobs

    Search All States for Federal Jobs
    Searching for a job in your home state can be a heavy task. Often times your career field or agency interests don't coincide with what's available in your specific locale. The fifty state profiles below provide short summaries of what federal departments and agencies dominate the federal employment picture in each state and links out to specific federal job searches for ...
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