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The largest employer in the world is Wal-Mart (not counting the
So why would you want to work for the US
- Great Benefits –
Healthcare, Retirement benefits. Vacation days tend to be better than private industry.
- Work Where You Want – You can find government jobs all over the US (and overseas as well).
- Competitive Pay – Starting salaries are competitive with private industry and more senior positions can pay annual salaries that range from $117,000 to $177,000. Additionally
governmentjob increases have grown faster than private industry.
- Jobs for All – According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities are available for all levels of
education. From GS-1 (no High School diploma) to GS-11 (Doctoral or professional degree).
Types of Jobs:
- Administrative: According to OPM, nearly 40 percent of federal workers are in administrative occupations. These workers may handle payroll, train new employees, and develop standard operating procedures. This group includes human resources specialists, accountants, and logisticians.
- Professional: Workers in professional occupations may analyze policy, develop budgets, and provide
healthcareservices. These occupations include lawyers, financial managers, and registered nurses.
- Technical: These workers may design buildings, test consumer products, and control the spread of disease. Examples include chemists, mechanical engineers, and computer network administrators.
- Blue collar: Blue-collar employees may maintain heating and cooling systems, clean offices, and construct buildings. Occupations include janitors, sheet metal workers, and painters.
- Clerical: Workers in clerical occupations do office tasks such as data entry, filing documents, and answering the phone. Examples include information clerks, secretaries, and office clerks.
- Other: Workers who have tasks that do not fit neatly with those in another group are in “other” occupations. These occupations include firefighters, detectives, and correctional officers.
Tips and Resources for Landing a Job:
- USA JOBS – Might as well start at the source. This is the US Governments
job searchsite. Type in a keywordand the location and the search tool returns jobs that match your criteria. If you don’t know what you would like to do but know where, just type in a location and the search tool will return a list of jobs for that location. Each job opportunity lists the salaryrange, location, agency and who can apply. You can further refine your search by using the criteria on the left hand side of the screen. Create an account and you can save your search. Click on the job for more information and you can apply online as well.
- FedshireVets – This is a portal to the US Federal
Government‘s site for jobs for veterans of the US military services. There are many resources on this site (agency directory, success stories, etc.). Click on Job Seekers at the top of the page to get started (categories include Veterans, Transitioning Service Members and Family Members.
- Government Jobs for Students & Recent Grads – This is the US Governments
job searchlink for internship opportunities and jobs for recent grads (click your preference). Both options work in a similar fashion to the main site as described in # 1 above.
- Create a Federal
resume– In order to apply for US governmentjobs, you will need a Federal resume. The resumeyou use for private sector job opportunities should not be used. There are a few sites that can help with samples and tips so that you can create your Federal resumeversion. One site, the Resume Place, will show you an outline format and a paper format to be used with the USA JOBS site. The site has additional formats further down on the homepage. Gogovernment.org is another site with resources for Federal Resumes. They show a compare and contrast (traditional resumeversus Federal resume) as well as provide pointers/tips for creating your resume.
- Avoiding the Most Common USAJOBS.gov Mistakes – This article provides some great tips on leveraging the USA JOBS site, including how to avoid mistakes that will keep you from getting a
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