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    Job Search Lessons from the Presidential Campaign

    Job Search Lessons from the Presidential Campaign
    Being president of the United States is the toughest job in the world, and running for president is the second toughest. Current and former candidates like Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama spend years gearing up for this ultimate job competition. As a job hunter, you can learn from both their successes and gaffes. Here are five lessons right from ...
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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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    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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    Peace Corps

    Peace Corps
    Peace Corps: The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love For 36 years, the Peace Corps has advanced a unique and challenging mission: to foster international peace and friendship; encourage grass-roots development in the world's poorest nations; and build greater understanding of the world among Americans. More than 148,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps Volunteers since the agency was founded in 1961. ...
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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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    U.S. Capitol Police

    U.S. Capitol Police
    Join the Nation's Finest: United States Capitol Police Created by Congress in 1828, the original duty of the United States Capitol Police was to provide security for the United States Capitol Building. Today our mission has expanded to provide the Congressional community and its visitors with the highest quality of a full range of police services. These services are provided through ...
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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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    U.S. Secret Service

    U.S. Secret Service
    Not Exactly Your Typical Job The U.S. Secret Service was created on July 5, 1865, as a federal bureau under the Department of Treasury. At that time, its main function and purpose was to suppress the counterfeiting of U. S. Currency. In 1901, the functions of the U.S. Secret Service were expanded to include the important responsibility of protecting the President ...
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    21 Million New Jobs by 2012?

    21 Million New Jobs by 2012?
    In 2002, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that the US economy will have created more than 21 million new government jobs by 2012. Here at GovCentral, we want to determine whether the BLS predicted government sector job growth accurately or not. If the trajectory of government job growth hasn't been hitting the milestones forecast by the labor statistics, which industries ...
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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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    5 Interview Types and How to Ace Them

    All interviews were not created equal. Depending on the role, the industry and the ruthlessness of your potential employer, you may encounter one – or a combination – of the common interview types. Each one is unique, and demands a tailored approach to its preparation. Lucky for you, we've identified the five most common interview methods. We'll give you the ...
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    Gov't Jobs: Secret Weapon for Job Hunters

    Gov't Jobs: Secret Weapon for Job Hunters
    The economic downturn has forced private industry and state and local government to shed jobs, but one major employer in the country is hiring: The federal government. With 11 million unemployed Americans, and millions fearing they might lose their jobs, many are arguing that Washington will be cutting jobs, too. However, economists claim that a strong federal work force will be ...
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    Stimulus Allocates Billions for Job-Training Opportunities

    Stimulus Allocates Billions for Job-Training Opportunities
    With tens of millions of people unemployed or underemployed, and with blue-chip industries from automotive to banking in distress, the US workforce sorely needs help. So the new funding for job training provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is a well-timed boon to American workers. “The [federal] workforce system will play a vital role in America’s economic recovery ...
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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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    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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    Top Government Job Searches (Oct. 2008)

    Top Government Job Searches (Oct. 2008)
    You’re looking to get a leg up on the rest of the application pool while you search for federal job opportunities, right? In that case, you should probably spend a little bit of time analyzing the way other applicants are searching for jobs. Luckily, USA Jobs is full of information about the searches conducted on its site. We’ve taken the most ...
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    Want Government Work? You Have to Get Specific

    Want Government Work? You Have to Get Specific
    Question: Washington, D.C.: Why does the government actively advertise jobs on their job site that are reserved for people within the agency? I am very tired of applying for jobs only to be told, months later, they have decided not to fill the position. I am told this is because the person they wanted to promote from within somehow didn't get ...
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    Federal Hiring 101: Learn What to Expect from Self-Assessments

    Federal Hiring 101: Learn What to Expect from 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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    More Women Are Saying Yes to Uncle Sam

    More Women Are Saying Yes to Uncle Sam
    Condoleezza Rice’s selection as US Secretary of State in 2005 was remarkable for how unmentioned her gender was. Nearly a decade earlier, Madeleine Albright had broken that barrier. As the highest-ranking women in American government, Rice and Albright symbolize one unalienable fact: Government - one of the largest sectors of the American economy - is a great place for women to ...
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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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