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    Newcomer's Guide to the Federal Government

    Newcomer's Guide to the Federal Government
    This time he really means it: Uncle Sam wants you. Not to fight in World War I, as in the old Army poster, but to fill one of tens of thousands of positions available each year providing services to the American public. After a number of false starts, the government has now definitely committed itself be being an employer of choice. ...
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    The 10 Worst Job Hunting Mistakes

    The 10 Worst Job Hunting Mistakes
    Whether you are a first-time job-seeker or you’re a veteran employee, it is important that you are cautious and thoughtful as you try to land your ideal job. There’s more to a successful job search than ironing your best suit and printing out extra resumes. Today's government agencies are looking for the best of the best; one typo on your resume ...
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    Getting Hired as a First Timer

    Getting Hired as a First Timer
    Think you need a political science or public administration degree to work for the for the federal government? Think again. The government will be hiring for 193,000 mission-critical jobs over the next two years; job openings exist in over 2,000 different departments, agencies, and career fields. [gate] Some of the jobs offered are not altogether different from private sectors jobs, except ...
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    Avoid the 10 Worst Government Job Blunders

    Avoid the 10 Worst Government Job Blunders
    Now that you've landed yourself a sweet government job, you've got to worry about your performance. We've all heard stories of employees which are qualified for the work that they do, but just don't have enough composure or self-discipline to deliver quality work, consistently. The good news is that you can learn from the mistakes of others. Here are 10 blunders ...
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    New to GovCentral?

    New to GovCentral?
    Welcome to GovCentral, an independently run hub for the civilian government community. h3. Who are we? We're not simply an anonymous job board, not an index of government agencies and contact information, but something new and different: a place where your lifelong career needs come home to roost. Whether you're considering a career in government work for the first time, or ...
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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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    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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    The Skills You Have and the Skills They Want

    The Skills You Have and the Skills They Want
    "I've got no skills! How am I going to qualify for a job after I graduate?" This is a common lament among college students, particularly liberal arts majors who don't see how their education will translate to the real world. But if you ever worry about not being attractive to employers, you shouldn't. First of all, nobody likes a whiner. A ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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