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    Your Federal Benefits Guide

    Your Federal Benefits Guide
    The federal government is well-known for the wide array of lucrative benefits that it provides for its employees and their families. These incentives start early with recruitment and relocation benefits and continue to reap benefits for government employees throughout their lives. While this package is impressive, comprehending it can seem highly daunting because government websites are often difficult to maneuver. This ...
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    KSAs out, TalentLink in at Homeland Security

    KSAs out, TalentLink in at Homeland Security
    When the Office of Management and Budget's Peter Orszag put out a memo in June saying "the Federal hiring process needs to be reformed. The current process is lengthy and encumbered by burdensome requirements and outdated technology systems," DHS was listening. Read the OMB memo here Homeland Security is well on its way to hiring as many as 1,000 cybersecurity experts, ...
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    What Not to Say During an Interview

    The truth is most people sabotage their own interviews. Instead of putting their best foot forward, they put off the interviewer by acting cocky, unsure of their talent, having bad manners, or by simply acting weird. GovCentral has interviewed several recruitment experts to bring you unbelievable true stories of what actually happens behind interview doors. If you want to land ...
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    It's Time to Unleash the Monster

    In the midst of what is being called the “great recession”, we know that government agencies and organizations are facing a challenging time. Government and education institutions are facing a vastly changed landscape, requiring a revamp in HR communications and training to create high performance workforces. As our customers are navigating an ever changing landscape, issues of recruiting, retaining and maintaining ...
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    7 Booming Federal Career Fields

    7 Booming Federal Career Fields
    The federal government is the largest employer of any organization in the nation, with a plethora of job types and career fields. In the government there is something for everyone, especially if you have a college degree. With a combination of information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, USAJobs, the Partnership for Public Service and the Economic Stimulus Bill, we’ve gathered ...
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    Part-Time and Temporary Government Jobs Guide

    Part-Time and Temporary Government Jobs Guide
    If you aren't seeking a standard eight-hour, five-day-a-week position, a part-time or temp job might accommodate your schedule. "We have been successful in creating some job-sharing situations," says Michael Lynch, president of the Des Moines office of temporary-employment agency Manpower. "That means sometimes we'll assign two people to one job, allowing one person to work two days and the other to ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    Glossary of Federal Terms
    h4. A ABANDONMENT OF POSITION — When an employee (e.g., DD04) are considered as one agency fails to report for duty and does not submit a resignation. ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE (AWOL) — Absence without prior approval, a non-pay status resulting from an Agency determination that it will not grant any type of leave (not even leave without pay) for a period ...
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    How to Turn a Stranger into a Network Contact

    How to Turn a Stranger into a Network Contact
    Whether you're looking for a job or trying to advance your career, networking is very important (in a recent HotJobs poll, 57 percent of respondents said that networking was a factor in landing their most recent job). And networking shouldn't end when you log off of LinkedIn or head home from a conference. Valuable contacts are on the perimeter of your ...
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    Selling Yourself in a Job Interview

    Selling Yourself in a Job Interview
    Every job interview is different--but there are some general principles that can guide you in just about any interview, for any job. When you're talking about yourself and your experience, keep the following six points in mind. 1. Be the Solution Companies fill or create positions because they have problems they want to solve--for instance, ineffective advertising or long customer-service lines. ...
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    4 Career Lessons from American Olympians

    Lindsey Vonn: Don’t Stop When it Starts to Hurt Lindsey Vonn is the first American woman to win a gold medal in the Olympic downhill skiing. A contender in Torino in 2006, Vonn suffered a terrible crash that sent her to the hospital. She left with pain arching through her legs and back but still competed in five events. She didn’t ...
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    Master the New USAJOBS

    Master the New USAJOBS
    Last month, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) unveiled a long-awaited update to USAJOBS.gov, the key hub for careers in the federal government. One of the most vocal frustrations with USAJOBS in the past was its confusing layout. The new landing page attempts to address this with a much cleaner interface. We wondered how USAJOBS would improve the website experience in ...
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    Networking Secret #9: Be a Conference Commando

    Networking Secret #9: Be a Conference Commando
    A conference is a huge opportunity to build relationships with extraordinary people -- people who might have a significant impact on your professional or personal success. To make sure you maximize the return on your (or your organization's) investment of time and money to attend, you can't afford to be a conference commoner. You have to be a conference commando. Here ...
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    Networking Secret #3: Find Your Blue Flame to Heat Up Your Career

    Networking Secret #3: Find Your Blue Flame to Heat Up Your Career
    Every successful person I've met got where they are today by taking the same first step: Deciding what they want in life. I learned early on that the bigger my dreams, the more concrete my goals and the more targeted my efforts to build relationships, the greater success I could achieve. As a Yale undergrad, I decided that I wanted to ...
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    KSA Dos and Don'ts

    KSA Dos and Don'ts
    KSA DOs AND DON'Ts h4. DO: * Carefully read the vacancy announcement and note the required qualifications and KSAs. * Use action verbs and statements. * Include all current experience related to the KSAs whether paid or volunteer. * Arrange all of your experience in logical order (for example, chronological). * List education and training and identify title of course, hours, ...
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    Expert Tips for a Stimulus Plan Resume

    Expert Tips for a Stimulus Plan Resume
    Knowing that job-seekers need to have the best resume possible now for the 3.5 million jobs that will appear in the next year or two, I asked 5 of the leading resume writers and career counselors and advisers in the country to give me their two best tips for writing a stand‐out, competitive Stimulus Plan Resume: h4. From Kathryn Troutman, Pioneering ...
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    4 Steps to Understanding the Federal Hiring Process

    4 Steps to Understanding the Federal Hiring Process
    Applying for a federal career in the same fashion that you would apply for a private-sector job is not going to get you very far. There are some stark differences between the public and private sector, and that includes the way you submit a resume and application for a federal job. The Partnership for Public Service - an organization dedicated to ...
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