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    15 Toughest Interview Questions (and Answers!)

    1. Why do you want to work in this industry? Bad answer: “I love politics. I a huge fan of Obama and find his message for change very inspiring.” Don’t just say you like it. Anyone can do that. Focus instead on your history with government and especially in that agency, and if you can, tell a success story. Good answer: ...
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    The Best Entry Level Government Jobs

    The Best Entry Level Government Jobs
    There is a lot of discussion about how government-sector jobs are more stable than others in our faltering economy and about how government hiring trends are predicted to be more resistant to the economic downturn than other sectors. Unfortunately, this doesn't do you a whole lot of good, if you've got no idea of where to start in order to get ...
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    Ten Steps to Getting a Government Job

    Ten Steps to Getting a Government Job
    You're interested in working for the US government, but you're not exactly sure what to do first. Maybe you're having difficulty figuring out what type of government job would best match the skills that you have. What are the major branches of the Government? How many jobs are available? What agencies will be hiring rapidly over the next few years? Find ...
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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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    7 Stupidest Interview Questions and What They Really Mean

    If you’ve been in the workforce long enough, the same inane questions will continue to creep up in interview after interview. What is your greatest weakness? Where do you see yourself in five years? You know, the small-talk questions that fill up just enough time between the really important questions. But all those meaningless questions actually have a purpose. That’s ...
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    5 Federal Careers Hiring at Record Pace

    5 Federal Careers Hiring at Record Pace
    The government's 2009 hiring needs have been reported: 193,000 mission-critical jobs need must be filled over the next two years. Based on a survey of 34 federal agencies (representative of nearly 99% of the federal workforce), we've gathered important information about five career paths that are projected to hire at record paces in 2009. Inside each career profile you'll find job ...
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    Six Common Myths of Federal Job Hunting

    Six Common Myths of Federal Job Hunting
    According to the Office of Personnel Management, in the next 10 years, 60 percent of federal workers will be retiring in the next 10 years. There is plenty of opportunity, but job seekers need to remember that the process for landing a job with the federal government is radically different than what they may be used to in the private sector. ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    How Many Jobs Will Be Created/Saved in Your State?

    How Many Jobs Will Be Created/Saved in Your State?
    In an effort to maintain the transparency and accountability promised during the Presidential campaign, the Obama Administration launched Recovery.gov. The site is a searchable database of how and where tax dollars are spent as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. GovCentral found the most useful part of the site is the Estimated Job Effect Flash Map of the ...
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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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    Six Steps for Career Networking

    Six Steps for Career Networking
    Most job seekers already know the importance of networking. Whether from formal professional networking groups or casual friend-of-a-friend connections, 60 percent will find a job through networking. Other savvy professionals use their networks for finding answers, advice or leads. Whatever you're trying to do, there are some simple steps you can take to get the most out of Monster Networking. Be ...
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    Starting Your Federal Job Search? Learn Fed Speak First

    Starting Your Federal Job Search? Learn Fed Speak First
    Before you apply for a federal job, you have to learn a new language: Government-speak. For a quick lesson, we turned to Monster Federal Career Coach and Gov't/Public Service Careers message board expert Kathryn Troutman. Start with the announcement title, because in government, even fairly straightforward jobs are given confusing titles. For example, I just read an announcement for a "contact ...
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    Make Your Job Search as Effective as Possible

    Make Your Job Search as Effective as Possible
    If you have recently joined the not-so-exclusive club of the unemployed, you may want to yell, scream, cry or all of the above. Not only have you been hit emotionally, but your wallet becomes your main concern. The impact is even greater if you are head of a household. But don't be embarrassed. Here are some ways to help you achieve ...
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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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    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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    Which Government Job Matches Your Private Sector Experience?

    Which Government Job Matches Your Private Sector Experience?
    USAJobs.gov has a tool to help you can match a public sector job to relevant private sector jobs. But what good does that do to the government job seeker? GovCentral did the hard work for you and sorted through the search tool in order to help you apply your previous outside-of-the-government work experience to your new job search. [gate] This is ...
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    How to Make USAJOBS Work for You

    How to Make USAJOBS Work for You
    When starting your search for a federal government job, it is important to realize that using USAJOBS to your advantage is not merely an option, it is a necessity. Even job seekers who have networked with federal managers or have completed a government internship are required to go through the process. While some agencies have started working outside the USAJOBS portal, ...
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