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Are Local Governments Hiring?

Are Local Governments Hiring?

The city hall building in Boise, Idaho [photo | visitidaho.org]

Chris McConnell | GovCentral

Hiring conditions in many cities are tough, but not hopeless. As local governments balance their budgets by cutting services, dipping into their rainy day fund or seek new sources of revenue (yes that means tax increases), they are still looking for critical hires in certain areas.

What are these critical hires? It varies from city to city, but most will be in law enforcement and fire protection. Click here to learn about careers in law enforcement. Others might be airport maintenance or engineering. Because cities have had to trim their budgets so much, the remaining job openings are pretty essential for that city. Yes, that may be intuitive, but it just goes to show you that you need to have your A-game to compete for the remaining jobs.

So how do you stand out in a crowded field? Here are some tips:

  1. Look for critical city services: This means police and fire.

  2. Check our your neighbors: No, not your next-door neighbors, but see what jobs are available in the next town or even the next state over. If you have a family, it isn’t a pleasant thought to uproot them, but if you have the flexibility to move for a job, you should definitely consider it.

  3. Take a look at the Federal Government: The federal government is still hiring for many jobs across the country. In fact, over 80% of federal careers are located outside of Washington, D.C. Check out government career profiles.

  4. Go back to school: One way to improve your resume and your chances in the hiring market is to go back to school and re-tool for new opportunities. You can get free information from colleges by going here

Can’t figure out what to do next? Take our federal matchmaker quiz to find out what federal department is the best fit for you!

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