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Five Steps to a State or Local Gov't Job

Five Steps to a State or Local Gov't Job

Wisconsin State Capitol (source: Wisconsin Department of Agriculture)

Jonathan Zuk / GovCentral Contributor

Frustrated searching for a federal job? It may not all be your fault. Though government spending is still increasing, the growth of new federal government jobs is actually slowing down. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, federal government employment is expected to decrease by 3.7 percent by 2016. Though there will still be several thousands of federal vacancies due to baby boomer retirements, most new government and policy job growth will come state and local governments.

These government areas in particular are expected to show steady job growth, with overall employment expected to increase by over 1.4 million, or 7.4 percent over the next ten years. Though sometimes lower-paying, these positions usually require shorter hiring processes than their federal counterparts.

Follow these five steps to find the perfect state or local government job by clicking “next” below, or click on a specific topic that is of interest to you.

Step 1: Decide the Municipality/State Where You Want to Work

Step 2: Learn More About State/Local Job Titles that Interest You

Step 3: Search for State Jobs

Step 4: Learn More About the Department/Division Where You Are Applying

Step 5: Apply for the Job

Not sure why you need a government job? Here are five reasons.


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    mohammad_ismail

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

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    dst

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am retired state employee. I wish to work part time for federal jobs in massachusetts state. please help..I have +28 years of IT experience. I wish to get into Healthcare field. I am easy to train and start actual work after training...Thanks

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    lisajohnsonmoreland

    over 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Hello, My name is Lisa I would like to start a new career in the goverment, I am open to learn anything I have always been in Management and would like to have a change now that my daughter is grown. I can learn anything that I am trained to do and look forward to a change in my everyday routine. Thank you.

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    Elise

    over 6 years ago

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    Hi, my name is Elise. I paitently waited to work for the PLCB. No sooner did I start there was a death in my family and I quickly had to leave to be with my mother. I was not sure if I would be returning to Pa and did not take leave. All is well on the homefront and I am not sure if I can be re-instated? If not I am very interrested in state or Federal work. I have the Federal Handbook with a pin number but applied for this while I was with my mother in NYC and now am wondering if the process is still possible now that I am back in Pa. Any suggestions?

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    AGENT_M

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Hi, my name is MAMOUD i'm from CALI i need any STATE/FED job

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    jkieser

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    how do you become a department of natural resources. what college classes should you take??

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    LGolod

    over 6 years ago

    8 comments

    seeking new way to be involve in government job,with tension to change situation to make our country ones again most attracted place for intellective, from around the world to come and be comfortable to keep our system with fresh point of view to restore pride and good tradition, how thinks have to be done. Any good idea my info is newoption40@hotmail.com

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    senait

    over 6 years ago

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    I wish to work all kinds of job in paris contact me senigeb@yahoo.com

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    sabu

    over 6 years ago

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    I am sabu,completed civil engineering wish to work all kinds of job in and around detroit and can be contacted in sabuamb@hotmail.com

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    IRmediator

    over 6 years ago

    22 comments

    I've been looking for a while now... have a B.A. cum laude in International Relations, Asian Studies and Mandarin Chinese. The response that I usually get is one of three things: 1.) no response; 2.) a polite decline letter or e-mail; or 3.) I'm told that the market is so competitive that only people with advanced degrees, prior civil service and experience stand a chance in acquiring a substantive Federal foreign policy affairs type job. It has been one year now since I've graduated, I've done odd jobs and even done a local internship in Urban development. The future in this field looks bleak. Right now, I'm sad to say that I'm studying for my insurance liscense to sell life insurance. I'll be one of a few insurance agents that speaks chinese and knows the culture, history and politics of China, Korea and Japan... What a darn shame!

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    SamIam

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Great article, however it's the long process thats killing me... I'm looking for a position in Las Vegas NV. gymmrat65@yahoo.com

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    rimmer1204

    over 6 years ago

    10 comments

    Good outline overall. Of course, as the old saying goes, "the devil is in the details"- so it is critical to follow the guidelines mentioned in these postings- otherwise, you won't even be considered. It doesn't matter if the steps make sense- if you're really interested in the job, just do as the instructions say. My only quibble with this article is that it only mentions this in passing, and doesn't really make clear how important following posted instructions usually is. Still, good information overall.

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    ruthel

    over 6 years ago

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    Hello,

    My name is Christine Jackson, I am excited about posting for an administrative assistant job for the state/local government. I live in Detroit, Michigan and would love the opportunity to review my qualification in more detail with the Human Resource dept.

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    john_eisho

    over 6 years ago

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    Hi
    My name is JOHN, I am looking for a job in electrical engineering, or as technician. I live in ILLINOIS and looking to land a job in NEW JERSY (state/local gov.).

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    helpwanted1

    over 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Gary, In.46402 Gov. Jobs

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