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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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    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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    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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    Federal Jobs for Generalists

    Federal Jobs for Generalists
    Are you a passionate person? Do you synthesize information well? Do you write in a compelling, reader-friendly way? Do you have a liberal arts and/or advanced degree in law, business, international relations, public administration, public policy, environmental policy, public health or a variety of other fields? If so, you may be what is referred to as a generalist. Here are some ...
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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 The current process is lengthy and encumbered by burdensome requirements and outdated technology systems," DHS was listening.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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Tailor Your Job Interview for Specific Audiences

    Tailor Your Job Interview for Specific Audiences
    When you travel overseas, ever notice how native speakers welcome your efforts to communicate in their language? While no one may take you for a local, people appreciate when you show respect for their culture and point of view. Similarly, if you’re interviewing for a job these days, chances are good that you’ll be meeting with people in multiple areas of ...
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    12 Biggest Mistakes of Federal Job Seekers

    12 Biggest Mistakes of Federal Job Seekers
    If you are a first-time federal jobseeker, feeling desperate for a good, stable job, read this list of mistakes and avoid them. You will waste valuable job search time, energy and enthusiasm if you are doing it all wrong. In the current job market, it is better if you slow down, read the announcements for the qualifications, carefully review the questionnaires, ...
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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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    Don't Be Shy: Let Your Experience Shine

    Don't Be Shy:  Let Your Experience Shine
    "I am my biggest critic and always "play down" my accomplishments. HELP ME!" - Frustrated Job Hunter This is what one federal job seeker wrote this question to me this evening. I suggested that he do some self-talk to build up his confidence and convince himself that he is a GREAT candidate for a new job. Script for Self-Talk “I really ...
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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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    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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    Moving and Transitioning into Government Guide

    Moving and Transitioning into Government Guide
    With this down economy, many people are leaving the corporate world behind to pursue jobs in government. There is also a new generation of students graduating from college and graduate schools across the country, looking to D.C. and their local capitol buildings for employment opportunities. Researching, applying to, and working in government jobs isn't quite the same process as in in ...
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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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    Job Seekers Continue to Value Face-to-Face Interaction

    Job Seekers Continue to Value Face-to-Face Interaction
    Federal agencies are catching on to the social media craze and leveraging that technology to attract job seekers, especially young recruits. For example, the Labor Department advertises open positions on Twitter and plans to upload its recruitment videos to YouTube. The State Department regularly updates its Facebook page and maintains the @DOSCareers Twitter account. But conventional wisdom, which holds that recent ...
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