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    Recent Grad? Start Your Federal Job Search Early

    Recent Grad? Start Your Federal Job Search Early
    Government jobs offer you plenty of room to grow, so keep trying. There are usually about 15,000 jobs listed on USAJOBS every day. Listings can also be found on Avue Central. As for why you haven't succeeded so far in your search for a federal job, I'd look at two things: One, you may not be searching in the right places ...
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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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    Federal Job Opportunities for American Indians

    Federal Job Opportunities for American Indians
    American Indians are the least-represented minority group in the federal workforce, with about 60,000 employees in all, according to the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE). US Office of Personnel Management's 1999 data shows that American Indians were underrepresented in 12 of the 39 federal executive departments and independent agencies with more than 500 employees. Additionally, 20 percent of American ...
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    Federal Salaries: How to Talk Your Way Up the Scale

    Federal Salaries: How to Talk Your Way Up the Scale
    People frequently ask me if it's possible to negotiate a higher federal salary. The answer is yes, provided you have some basic information about government pay scales. Each government job has a salary range defined by steps within a pay grade. There is a range that the HR specialist and supervisor may have in mind to offer you, depending on your ...
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    Lessons Learned from a Supreme Court Judge's Federal Application

    Lessons Learned from a Supreme Court Judge's Federal Application
    Supreme Court Judge Samuel Alito used this SF-171 form to apply for deputy assistant attorney general in 1985. Here's my assessment of his application and what you can learn from what he wrote: Work Experience Job A's description is 28 words, while Job B's is eight words, and Job C's is four. These are way too short for government applications in ...
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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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    Tired of Waiting? Learn Which Agencies Hire Faster

    Tired of Waiting? Learn Which Agencies Hire Faster
    Many government job seekers show frustration with the speed of federal hiring and ask the following: Is there anything I can do to speed things up? Are there agencies or departments that hire faster than others? Yes, applying for federal jobs by going through the many steps required does take time, but given the scale of how things work, it's not ...
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    Why More Young People Are Joining the Federal Workforce

    Why More Young People Are Joining the Federal Workforce
    Government jobs often get a bad rap - sometimes justifiably, but sometimes not. Many younger job seekers see federal, state and local government jobs as being dominated by middle-aged workers who aren't open to new ideas or fresh faces. At one time, there may have been a degree of truth in such sentiments. But these days, both statistical and anecdotal evidence ...
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    How to Find the Perfect Federal Internship

    How to Find the Perfect Federal Internship
    Federal internships can be a great way to start a career in government. But before you get an internship, you have to find it, which in some ways can be trickier than finding a job. The big difference between job hunting and looking for an internship is that internships are “excepted” positions, not “competitive” positions. What that means is instead of ...
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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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    Military-to-Federal Resume Tips

    Military-to-Federal Resume Tips
    As a former or current member of the armed forces, you have already demonstrated personal dedication, perseverance and strong commitment to your country. Today, the US government is better prepared than ever to offer you new, economically competitive civilian employment opportunities. Whether you're an officer, bookkeeper, aircraft repairman, supply clerk or administrative officer, the federal government may have the right job ...
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    Application Follow-Up Advice

    You've sent your resume to three (or 16 or 110) prospective employers, so you've done your part. Now all you have to do is sit back and wait for the phone to ring. But why is nothing happening? We've got news for you: Your phone will never ring. The fact you sent your resume in response to job postings means very ...
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    Starting Your Federal Job Search? Learn Fed Speak First

    Starting Your Federal Job Search? Learn Fed Speak First
    Before you apply for a federal job, you have to learn a new language: Government-speak. For a quick lesson, we turned to Monster Federal Career Coach and Gov't/Public Service Careers message board expert Kathryn Troutman. Start with the announcement title, because in government, even fairly straightforward jobs are given confusing titles. For example, I just read an announcement for a "contact ...
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    The Top 7 Traps When Moving from Business to Government

    The Top 7 Traps When Moving from Business to Government
    Are you considering transitioning from business to government? According to government human resource professionals, you'll need to watch where you step. A recent survey of senior public-sector HR executives conducted by us - Peter Daly and Michael Watkins, coauthors of The First 90 Days in Government: Critical Success Strategies for New Public Leaders at all Levels - found that in contrast ...
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    How to Make Your Government Interview a Success

    How to Make Your Government Interview a Success
    You’ve submitted your application and made the list of best qualified candidates -- now you’ve landed an interview for a federal job. Think the most important part of the application process is over? Think again. Federal hiring managers do not merely conduct employment interviews; they rely heavily on them to identify the best candidate. So how can you best prepare for ...
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    Six Steps for Career Networking

    Six Steps for Career Networking
    Most job seekers already know the importance of networking. Whether from formal professional networking groups or casual friend-of-a-friend connections, 60 percent will find a job through networking. Other savvy professionals use their networks for finding answers, advice or leads. Whatever you're trying to do, there are some simple steps you can take to get the most out of Monster Networking. Be ...
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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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    Seven Steps to Finding a Mid-Career Federal Job

    Seven Steps to Finding a  Mid-Career Federal Job
    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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    How to Start Your Federal Job Search

    How to Start Your Federal Job Search
    When you start, search for all jobs, because many job titles are different in government. In addition to searching Monster for jobs, search the government's official jobs Web site, USAJOBS. You'll learn where the jobs are, the agencies that are hiring, the salaries they pay, the duties of the job and the job titles. Spend some time to find jobs you're ...
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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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