Five Steps to a State or Local Gov't Job
Wisconsin State Capitol (source: Wisconsin Department of Agriculture)
Jonathan Zuk / GovCentral Contributor
Step 1: Decide the Municipality/State Where You Want to Work
Perhaps the most attractive reason for government job seekers to seek jobs at the state/local level is geographic. You will have greater control over where your job will be located over the long term. For instance, if you get a job with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, there is no possibility that you will be transferred out of Phoenix. Even at the state-level, the chances of being transferred are relatively minimal. Compare this to a position with the National Park Service where, depending on need, you could be transferred to such diverse locales as the extremely urban Independence National Park in Philadelphia or to the rugged Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
This era is defined by more job seekers factoring lifestyle and location into their job search more than ever before, so choose wisely. Whether you decide to stay close to home or to explore a new area, be sure to get an idea of where you want you job to be located before you start searching through job titles.