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Fast Track Your Career at a Fed Job Fair

Fast Track Your Career at a Fed Job Fair

Job Seekers waiting in line to speak with the Department of Homeland Security about current openings. (Photo: GovCentral)

Chris McConnell | GovCentral

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 immediately with high-quality job seekers. The tour is free for job seekers and will last through the end of the year. Find the next KAW tour stop in your area.

Of the 20-30 employers booths, but I was most interested in the four federal agencies who were in attendance and wanted to see what jobs they currently had open..

The booths manned by the Department of Homeland Security, United States Postal Service, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (The Fed) received a lot of attention while I was visiting the event. This was a wise move for a job seeker.

As we reported last week, the Partnership for Public Service, in their "Where the Jobs Are" report, expects over 600,000 new hires by the end of 2012. DHS is projected to hire for 65,730 mission-critical positions in that time. The Department of Justice, which the FBI is a part of, is projected to hire 18,767 employees. More specifically, DHS as well as the FBI are looking for contract and acquisition specialists to help write, mangage, review, and procure millions of dollars in federal contracts. The Fed and USPS were not included in the projections.

Speaking to a representative with the Postal Service, he indicated they are hiring for marketing positions as well as a variety of engineering jobs.

I wasn’t able to speak with the Fed, but according to their website, they are openings for economists, attorney’s, and law enforcement professionals.

Rep. Jerry Connoly (D-VA) who represents the Vienna area, sent staff to the event to provide information about the constituent services they provide. Members of Congress aren’t allowed to assist your government job search, but they can help you navigate the federal bureaucracy if you are in need of, and have been unable to receive, veterans benefits, medicare, medicaid, etc. These consituent services are provided by all members of Congress. You can look up your representative at

Read on to learn tips to fast track your career at job fairs

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