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Take Advantage of the Stimulus Package

Take Advantage of the Stimulus Package

Kyle Stone | Editor

Are you looking for a job, or afraid you might lose the one you have? President Obama thinks he can help you.

Under President Obama’s leadership, the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed the House of Representatives on January 28th, 2009. This ‘stimulus package’ is projected to create between three and four million new jobs. Three-quarters of these jobs are expected to arrive within the first 18 months of the act being signed into law.

The stimulus package arrives at a time when America desperately needs job creation: unemployment recently reached a fifteen-year high, and is currently at over 7.2 percent.

Stimulus Package: What’s Under the Hood?

First (and foremost): The stimulus package calls for the federal government to invest $69 billion in “shovel-ready” projects – initiatives that aim to create jobs as quickly as possible. Construction, transportation, and renewable energy are safe bets for job fields that will be the first to implement rapid job creation and hiring strategies.

Second: The stimulus package will invest heavily in science and technology research, improvements to U.S. public health and education systems, and will add much needed bulk to government-backed grant and scholarship programs.

Third: Roughly $100 billion will be invested in job training programs, benefits for the unemployed, lowering the cost of food, and providing basic health care services.

Where the Jobs Are

This guide will help you understand how the federal government will be spending the ~$700 billion dollars budgeted under the recently proposed stimulus package.


Stimulus Package: Job Creation Revealed

The stimulus package is projected to create around 3 million jobs – but what will these jobs be?

We’ve tallied the estimates, and published a breakdown of how many jobs are likely to be created in each major industry. The results may surprise you.

Which Departments Will See a Boost?

Although 90% of the jobs created by the stimulus package will be private-sector jobs, many federal agencies will be receiving budget bailouts and supplementary funding.

If you’re a serious federal career hunter, use this opportunity to learn where government funding meets your career aspirations.


Government Jobs: Secret Weapon for the Unemployed?

With 11 million unemployed Americans, and millions fearing they might lose their jobs, many are arguing that Washington will be cutting jobs. However, economists claim that a strong federal work force will be the key to economic recovery.

Since 2001, civilian employment has edged upward from 1.7 million to 2 million. Take a closer look at the job opportunities provided by Uncle Sam.

How to Ride the Federal Hiring Wave

Only one employer will continue to fill hundreds of thousands of high-paying, secure, and dynamic jobs no matter how bad the economy gets. This employer is the federal government, which will annually hire more than 200,000 new employees throughout the U.S. – including tens of thousands of interns and recent graduates.

If you want to start a federal career, here are seven ways to find federal openings.

Are You Ready to Apply for Federal Jobs?

Many first-time federal job seekers do not realize that there is more than one way to build a federal resume. Kathryn Troutman, GovCentral’s resume expert, strongly recommends posting your resume at several key websites – not only USAJOBS.gov.

Putting a little extra effort into your resume can make all the difference in the world. Leverage all you’ve got in order to get hired.


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    DarkCoyote

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    A good site to look for some government jobs is governmentsupportjobs.com

    They have where you can enter your clearances or certifications, so that people who are qualified don't get lost in the pile. The use a matching system more like a dating site than like the out of date searching of most job boards. That way you get compared to all the jobs in the system as they come in. You have good jobs suggested to you based on your qualification as opposed to just the title you put down. Also employers have qualified candidates suggested to them, so even if you don't show up in their search, they know you're out there. Oh, and plus there are a lot of recruiters who are posting jobs on the site, since they're working on commission, they're way more likely to keep in touch with you than a big company who just sits on applications.

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    Again... who is getting hired?!! There is ALOT of push in my state to have people go back to school to get a new education, rather than considering the assets people already have who have degrees. To encourage a person with a bachelors degree to go back and get a Community College degree so they can get a job now is so.... I will not even go there...

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    coloradoreal

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Most of the stimulus money won't be in the economy for years. So what's the point?

    Ron Paul had an interesting suggestion when Fox News interviewed him. He said if Washington really wanted to help people, why not have a 1 month tax holiday. It would be easy to implement and get money instantly into the economy.

    Sure, some people would save it. Some would pay off debt. But it would be the people's decision, instead of politicians feeding their pet projects like Pelosi's 30 million to save endangered mice in her district.

    In protest of the stimulus, I'm urging all who disagree to stop spending! Don't buy anything you don't need! Save for the huge whopping tax bill you're going to get in a few years when we all have to start paying back the trillions China is lending us.

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    alia

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Actually, Dark Sabre, TXRedJill and DinoLeo, currency acts as the lifeblood of the economy. Circulating it continually is the key to a healthy body economic. One of the problems of the past 8 years is that the money was a) taken from the body economic (the majority of US citizens) and b) accumulated in the pockets of the wealthy minority. That's great if you're wealthy, but it's obviously been bad for everyone else.

    Wise spending, putting money into jobs, is probably the very best course of immediate action to deal with the financial disaster left by the last administration. Nothing is going to be easy, but at least we have a president who is willing to try to do something productive for the economy. And willing to read something longer than a paragraph.

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    kencpotishnak

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Titan2004
    This all looks good, sounds good and I believe in giving new ideas a chance to work but I need to ask what can this do for a man going on 60 years old, has worked over 37 years in a career position and is unemployed at this time ? There are employers out there that read your resume and see all your experience and figure out your age and then they ask themselves how much longer are you looking to work. Can they really use a person like this and the answer is no they can't waste the time in you. I have have bills just like they do that need to be payed. I also have a 401K that is going down the tubes which I can't even touch without being penalized if you can't pay it back because I'm unemployed. Last year I worked 5 months and was able to get unemployment for 7 months, payed my taxes and had to close out my wifes 401K to pay bills and pay for a wedding. The tax laws killed us. I was told I made too much money the 5 months I worked and with my wifes and no deductions we have to pay over $5000 in taxes. I didn't work for AIG.
    Just what I want to say is maybe they should have worked harder on the tax laws for the unemployed first and it may have saved peoples homes and put food on more tables.
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    ami2old4u2

    over 5 years ago

    18 comments

    the trouble with HSHD jobs is that they will not hire anyone over 37,and also everyone for some reason wants to work with them,its strange how the fed doesnt want to hire those in their 50's,stimulus package and all.
    Now what I want to know is this 100 billion being put into training programs where are they what are they how do I find out about them?

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    susan6133

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Great dialogue, everyone. What can be done? If not the stimulus pkg--the effort to infuse our country/economy with opportunity/jobs--what then? Is there a better solution out there? I think Pres. Obama is trying to clean up our own failing infrastructures and boost our economy while keeping our unemployment rates from continuing to skyrocket. How can capitalism work if the consumer base is gone--or weak?? Getting the tax situation on a fair playing ground....doesn't that make sense? There was so much flagrant spending in Iraq--billions in cash just handed out on the streets in Iraq--(notice that that newsbrief got hushed up real quick! did you all see the crates and mounds of dollar bills that were shipped over there that were never accounted for (on CNN)? I think it was $12 billion--couldn't believe my eyes or ears--no receipts as to where it went or how it was used--unbelievable, but it is true....) How would it have boosted our poor and run down street corners if people would've been handed billions of dollars?? Maybe some of it would've landed in the wrong hands--but I bet it would've stimulated capitalism on some level--??At least Pres. Obama is trying to get something done for the people--not for big business--and that scares the big dogs...REALLY scares them. But again--no strong consumer base, no strength in capitalism--its a balance. Finally, some balance....

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    sperare

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I want to leave this quote that Ralph Nader sent reminding us what Lyndon Johnson said "Can Congress walk and chew gum at the same time". What were they doing during the last 8 years??? Now they blame all our economic woes on the previous administration but they were all too compliant. Congress needs to be reminded that they work for the citizens of this country , not the corporate suits. I also think we need to pressure President Obama to prosecute Cheney and Bush for their crimes. If he does not, he is in violation of international law.

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    richarddifalco

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

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    DinoLeo

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Here's the problem. If you thing the government can get us out of this mess by hiring 200000 people into an company that has been poorly mismanaged for the last 16 years, then I have a bridge for you. This newly created liberal goverment with socialist views will have problems getting out of the its own way. Furthermore, they have no business sence. This is not a time for spending. When most local and state goverments are making cuts, the ferderal government is expanding it's workforce. They will likely hire people and then spend 1 year trying to figure out how to put them to work. The congress had a 18% appoval rating. What makes you think they have a clue?

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    TXRedJill

    almost 6 years ago

    88 comments

    Dark_Sabre, I totally agree with you. One of the BIGGEST problems with our government is that they never learn from history, so they repeat the same mistakes over and over again. I want to make this short and sweet, so I will suggest that people go back just 20-30 years ago and study the economy of Jimmy Carter (Democrat) and Ronald Reagan (Former Democrat, turned Republican). Do a comparison of the state of the economy and do a comparison of what each President did to "fix" it and come back to me and tell me whether tax and spend is the way out or if cutting taxes and lowering spending is the way out.

    dprophet, no disrespect intended, but it was the Democrats in charge of Congress over the last 2 to 4 years that spent and spent and spent. Remember your civics...Congress has to approve and allocates all spending. Until they give the President the "line item veto", overspending, pork and earmarks all fall in the lap of Congress, not the Executive Branch. Even if the President believes a bill has more fat than meat, Congress can still override any vetoes by a 2/3 majority vote.

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    Dark_Sabre

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I get so sick and tired of hearing people who apparently have no clue about economics repeat the same old mantra "spend our way into prosperity". Over spendiing and reduced regulations caused this problem and thowing away good money to fix it by the Government (who by the way caused this fiasco) trying to convince the populas that they have the solution to get it jump started. That's like haveing the guy who ran over you prized bull tell you that he can raise it from the dead. My answer is prove it on someone elses bull, then come back with proof.

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