Dec 14, 2008

If you are a person looking for a job may I suggest you check out the government. As a government worker, people are always asking me how to get in so I decided to drop a couple of tips on how to get a government job. Notes: These tips are not scientific but they are what worked for me.

Here's my tips:

1. Check out the website www.usajobs.gov and place a resume. All the job openings in the federal government will be located on this site.

2. The resume that you place on a government site is not your standard resume. A federal resume should be 3-5 pages and not the standard one page most people are use to (If you do not have the work experiences for three pages, then your resume may only be one or two pages long). A federal resume is much more comprehensive and detailed. The federal resume should be done in chronological format. Note: Your knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) are included in the 3-5 pages. If your KSAs are done electronically (on the agency's website) then you don't have to include them in the resume.

In the Federal government, the purpose of the resume is to “show” your qualifications so that you can be “certified” by the Human Resources office, by meeting eligibility requirements. This means that your resume needs to include more specifics and similar language as the vacancy announcement because the Human Resources Specialist is looking to see if you have the “specialized” or directly related experience requirements of the position for which you are applying.

3. Read the job vacancy announcement VERY carefully. Some agencies have their own requirements for presenting your experience. If a Federal resume is permitted, please read the format for constructing it. The Federal staffing specialist who reviews the resume for initial qualifications must know where, when and how long you were at the position mentioned, along with a lot of other information.

4. It is suggested that you develop a resume that covers about ten years, with lots of stories about what you did and how well you did it, or accomplishments. Focus on the position for which you are applying, in a way that best reflects your competencies for the position.

Pro's:

The government may not pay you as well as the private sector in the beginning, but eventually they do equal out. One of the most important things the government offers that the private sector doesn't is job security. With the economy the way it is, the factor of job security is priceless. Another factor you should consider when thinking about working for the government is the fact that the current work force is an aging work force and many qualify for retirement or "early" retirement. So your chances of getting a job are pretty high.

You can't beat the benefits. Enough said.

Con's:

The process can be pretty long depending on the need to have a particular position filled. I applied for my current job in June of 2004. I interviewed for the position in Decemeber of '04. I got a job offer in January and I started work in February. So you do the math...

If you have anymore questions about obtaining a government job please email me and I will try my best to help you.

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