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    Step 7: Write Your KSAs and Cover Letter

    What are KSA's? “KSA” is an abbreviation for knowledge, skills, and abilities. KSAs are attributes required to perform a job and which are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or training. KSAs are used as part of a rating process to determine which candidates are best qualified for a given position. Choose from the articles below to learn more about KSA's: ...
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    Step 5: Network for Success

    Step 5: Network for Success
    Networking is one of the most important aspects of the work you will do as you search for a government job - in fact, about 60 percent of all applicants will find their job through networking. And yet, it is often overlooked by applicants. This guide will help you learn how to leverage GovCentral's resources in order to become an expert ...
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    Step 1: Learn about Government Careers

    Step 1: Learn about Government Careers
    Many people have a preconceived notion of what it's like to work for the government based on sensational clips from the news and Hollywood movies. But what is it really like as an employee of the US Government? How many employees work for the recently created Homeland Security Department? What degree do you need to be highly qualified for the Department ...
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    Step 3: Decide if You're Ready

    Step 3: Decide if You're Ready
    Will you fit in with other government workers? Why are you interested in joining? Are you old enough to get the job you're looking for? Do you have a criminal record? Are you a US citizen? Take the time to carefully consider questions such as these. The more you educate yourself on the basic requirements you must meet to succeed as ...
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    Step 4: Which Agency is Right for You?

    Step 4: Which Agency is Right for You?
    There are thousands of different government jobs to choose from, and an infinite amount of paths to take as you embark upon your career in government work. Would you like to work for the Department of Defense? The Department of Veteran Affairs? The Environmental Protection Agency? Do you want to focus your talents on highly specialized work, or provide more general ...
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    Step 8: Time to Apply

    Step 8: Time to Apply
    You've done the preliminary research, and you're finally ready to apply to one or several of the 193,000+ positions the U.S. Government will be looking to fill over the next two years. Read these tips to make sure you've covered all bases: if you miss some required information, or neglect an important aspect of your application, you will cost yourself a ...
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    Conclusion: Are You Successful? Can You Advance?

    Conclusion: Are You Successful? Can You Advance?
    Congratulations! Now that you're settling into your government job, you're starting to reap the benefits of an aspiring career, with all of the responsibility and hard work that comes with it. How should you proceed? 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 ...
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    Job Hunt To-Do-List: Checklist for an Economic Downturn

    Job Hunt To-Do-List: Checklist for an Economic Downturn
    Exciting job opportunities can arise when you least expect them, even during an economic downturn. But in a competitive job market waiting too long to respond could cost you the job of your dreams. We've all played the waiting game but Matthew Keeney, a New York-based performance artist, managed to turn waiting into an art form. Keeney waited in a Syracuse, ...
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    Step 6: Getting Ready for the Exams

    Step 6: Getting Ready for the Exams
    If you're serious about working for the government, it's time to get serious about your performance on civil service exams, entrance exams, KSA ratings, and other methods of assessment used by government employers. Although not every government agency will administer written exams, all agencies are interested in assessing each applicant's profile before an actual interview takes place. In the agency's opinion, ...
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    Step 9: Taking the Oath: Security, Confidentiality, and Ethics

    Step 9: Taking the Oath: Security, Confidentiality, and Ethics
    Getting sworn into office is a major accomplishment, and signifies that you have met all of your agency's high standards to become an employee of the U.S. government. Taking the oath and beginning your work for the government represents a transition into a position with more responsibility, integrity, and pride than many other career paths can offer. As a civil servant, ...
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    Fast Track Your Career at a Fed Job Fair

    Fast Track Your Career at a Fed Job Fair
    WASHINGTON -- We. Are. Hiring. Reassuring words to hear, especially when the economy is still giving mixed signals. On Thursday, hundreds of job seekers and dozens of employers participated in Monster's Keep America Working tour stop in Vienna, VA, outside of Washington D.C. Since March, the Keep America Working tour has canvased the country connecting employers who are ready to hire ...
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    Is Your Job-Seeking Behavior Proactive or Just Plain Desperate?

    Is Your Job-Seeking Behavior Proactive or Just Plain Desperate?
    If you’ve been unemployed for a while, you may be feeling a little desperate. But letting that show during your job search can be the kiss of death. So what exactly distinguishes desperate job search behavior from proactive behavior -- and how can you avoid the former? “When candidates are feeling desperate, negative or cynical, the employer can smell it a ...
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    Tips for Finding a Green Collar Job

    Tips for Finding a Green Collar Job
    Beneath the embers of the present day “gloom and doom” of the traditional job market flickers a new and thriving “Green Collar” job (GCJ) market. In some American towns and cities, GCJs abound. When it happens in your town, will you be ready? What is a GCJ? A GCJ describes locally-based employment that provides decent livable wages and opportunities for ...
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    Getting a Government Job - Frequently Asked Questions

    These FAQs are intended to answer some of the most common questions we receive here at GovCentral asking how to land a career as a government worker. We encourage anyone interested in a government career to begin their journey by using the comprehensive guides we have put together. These guides cover everything you’ll need to know on how to separate yourself ...
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