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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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    What is NSPS?

    What is NSPS?
    NSPS is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) flexible and responsive civilian management system that: • Values performance and contribution • Encourages communication • Supports broader skill development • Promotes excellence in the workplace NSPS is a modernization of a 50-year-old civil service system, designed to allow DoD increased ability in attracting, recruiting, retaining, compensating, and rewarding employees. "The system focuses on ...
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    Growing Federal Jobs: Advanced Manufacturing

    Growing Federal Jobs: Advanced Manufacturing
    Government jobs in manufacturing encourage creativity and analytical thinking. Ideas can be tested and implemented almost immediately, and the inspiration a single person brings to the job could spawn the newest development in government technology. For this reason, those who want a career that is meaningful, exciting and rewarding, should consider advanced manufacturing. Whether your interest lies in production, engineering or ...
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    Growing Federal Jobs: Aerospace

    Growing Federal Jobs: Aerospace
    Hundreds of government-funded American companies, along with NASA and other federal agencies, are in serious need of quality Aerospace and Defense Sector workers. Government aerospace workers often work collaboratively with major sectors of the aerospace industry, including commercial air, space exploration, national defense, and research and development. U.S. aerospace employment currently totals over a million professionals working in good-paying jobs. With ...
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    What Determines Where You Stand On The GS Scale?

    Having trouble figuring out which "grade" you are in on the GS Scale? Use this information to understand: 1) Levels of Qualifying Education or Training 2) What Officially Defines An "Academic Year" 3) The Benefit From College or University Education 4) The Boost From "Superior Academic Achievement" Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions GENERAL POLICIES AND INSTRUCTIONS Part E.4.(b) - E.4.(h) ...
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    National Security Education Program

    National Security Education Program
    Interested in studying abroad? ...Serving your Country? The National Security Education Program (NSEP) was created to strengthen our nation's economic competitiveness and enhance international cooperation in areas affecting the United States. The NSEP produces an exceptional pool of applicants for work in Federal departments and agencies. BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The NSEP awards scholarships and fellowships through an annual competition of college ...
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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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    Students Should Start Their Federal Application Process Early

    Students Should Start Their Federal Application Process Early
    The largest pool of federal job listings can be found at USAJOBS. Based on your bachelor's degree and years of experience, look for jobs at the GS-7 level and higher . Other options include: _Federal Internships_: These can be found at USAJOBS or by searching the Web site of the agency you're targeting. Many offer pay with benefits. _The Presidential Management ...
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    Creative Ways to Improve Your Resume

    Creative Ways to Improve Your Resume
    Career experts are unanimous on the importance of customizing our resumes for each new job we apply for. But for many of us, when it comes to revising our resumes, the first question is "How?" It's easy to get stuck in rut when you're working with material you know so well. So here are some ways to take a fresh look ...
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    6 Sloppy Speech Habits to Avoid

    You may look good on paper or in your suit, but if you're looking to nail your big interview, looks aren't everything. How you sound is often more important. But many job seekers let careless speech habits sink their chances of landing that plum job. The Bottom Line: You don't have to study elocution to speak well. Simply slow down, ...
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    How to Save an Interview Gone Wrong

    How to Save an Interview Gone Wrong
    Everything was going so well. Your solid handshake was met with a warm smile from the hiring manager. The interview started off with some small talk that segued into some skillfully answered questions. You can already see what your desk is going to look like. Then, as suddenly as a lightning strike, the interview takes a turn for the worse. Whether ...
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    10 Best and Worst Bosses: Which One Are You?

    We’ve all had bosses that we’ve either loved or hated. The boss who helped you get that promotion, or the one who clipped his toenails at his desk. Some help us advance our career, while others seem to hold us back. Different leadership styles can lead to different results for each employee. But certain styles seem to be good or ...
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    The 5 P's to Job Search Success

    The 5 P's to Job Search Success
    Submitting a job application is an emotional investment. You spend hours reviewing your resume and KSA essay to make sure everything is worded correctly and accurately describes just how awesome you are. After you send it, you just know that the hiring manager is going to think your application is a masterpiece of accomplishment. Surely this application must be included into ...
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    The Care B.E.A.R. Will Save You

    The Care B.E.A.R. Will Save You
    One of the best part of serving in the Military is playing with cool toys. Newsweek has compiled some of the best and strangest ones in a photo gallery they call, ahem, Weapons Porn. Gadget blog, Gizmodo, has picked a favorite. It's the Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot aka the Care B.E.A.R. I think this would be appropriate to extract over-served interns during ...
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    What Ever Happened To Your Federal Application

    What Ever Happened To Your Federal Application
    Clicking “submit” on that federal application can be stressful. Hours upon hours of writing and re-writing your application can create an attachment to your precious KSA. The worst thing possible is to then send your little bundle of joy out into the world to be ransacked by those peering eyes at the Office of Personal Management. Thousands of applicants feel the ...
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    How to Boost Your Government Career

    How to Boost Your Government Career
    As with any career, you want to get the most out of your government career and knowing how to boost your government career is essential to the success of your life. Getting the most out of your government career is not unlike any other career; the only difference is the boss you have to impress is the government. [gate] The first ...
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    15 Dumbest Ways to Lose Your Job

    Sometimes, a person will lose their job through no fault of their own. The whims of a psychotic boss, an economy in shambles, or a simple misunderstanding can have an otherwise satisfactory employee packing up his or her cubicle. Other times, a person will lose their job because they have done something so incredibly foolish, you wonder how they ever ...
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    Students and Recent Grads: Tackling Your Government Job Search

    Students and Recent Grads: Tackling Your Government Job Search
    The government is a great place to work right out of college - great benefits (especially nice when you aren't on your parents' tab anymore), awesome hours, and lots of holidays. And here's what your parents are going to love hearing: job security. But launching a career in government work can be a difficult thing, for many reasons. Many applicants are ...
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