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The federal sector hired 162,839 new federal employees nationwide and overseas in 2013. Almost a third, 31 percent, were veterans. The Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration were the two largest hiring agencies. The Affordable Health Care Act includes over 100 new regulatory agencies and commissions and more federal regulators will be needed to administer new EPA and OSHA regulations and to manage the many other federal programs that have been implemented by the current administration. Immigration reform will potentially increase hiring of Border Patrol Agents and Customs Officers. Even with the projected growth and hiring some agencies continue to offer voluntary early retirements to address budget shortfalls.

There is considerable competition for anyone seeking federal employment and those interested in working for Uncle Sam must develop a professional federal style resume and application to remain competitive and start the process early to improve their chances of success.

   

 

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Page updated 10/28/2014

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Thousands of federal government jobs are advertised on any given day. With 50 percent of the federal work force eligible for either early or regular retirement, and additional hiring for new health care and banking regulatory jobs, there are abundant federal job opportunities. Jobs are available nationwide and overseas.
This site provides links to federal jobs by occupation, agency, and we include related state and local government, and private sector jobs to provide the largest selection of job opportunities available for your area. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) maintains the largest federal jobs data base. Many of their vacancies are included in our consolidated job listings.

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Why is it that some who land jobs with Uncle Sam have half the experience, education, and special qualifications that you have — and you’re still looking? Many who approach the federal sector lose out because they didn’t take the time to understand the federal hiring process. Others get frustrated by the required paperwork and give up prematurely. Decades later they will regret their impatience and wish they had done what it takes to land a high-paying and benefit-loaded government job. Use the resources on this site to fast track you through the process from comprehensive federal job listings, how to prepare a comprehensive federal resume, prepare for interviews and everything in between.
If you take the time to understand the differences between the private and public sectors, thoroughly complete your application package, and seek out all available job vacancies, your chances for employment will increase substantially. Start by exploring federal jobs listings on this site. 

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Improving Your Chances

 

It pays to start your employment search early for federal jobs. Applications can take weeks to process and rate. It can take even longer if written civil service test is required. From the time you first identify an opening to actual interviews and hiring can take  months in some cases even under recent hiring reform initiatives. All individuals interested in federal employment should start researching the system, identifying jobs, visiting agency Web sites, and preparing for tests — if required — months in advance.

Too many job seekers pin all their hopes on one effort. They find a job announcement, send in an application, then forget about the process until they receive a reply. Federal jobs are highly competitive and the more jobs you apply for the better your chances. Content, proper spelling, and grammar counts when submitting your online application and/or federal style resume. In most cases you will complete  your application using an online resume builder. The standard private sector resume isn't sufficient to apply for most jobs, it lacks the detail necessary to be properly rated. You can write your resume/application independently with the proper resources and knowledge or you can use a professional federal resume writing service.

I participated in many selection panels during my 35 years of government service and was a certified rating official for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). I also coordinated and/or conducted hundreds of job interviews for our organization. The first impression that a rating official has of a new applicant is reflected by his or her application package. I can tell you that thousands of applications that I reviewed during my career were poorly done and didn't make it through the initial review. Today, most applications are completed online and you can spell and grammar check your work before copying and pasting your work experiences into the online resume builders. Content is the key and you must tailor your application to the job announcement. If you don't take time to compose a professional application you won't be rated high enough to be considered for an interview.

Take the time necessary to draft a coherent, clear, error free, and concise federal style resume as outlined in our federal resume section. With today’s word processors and spell check functions there isn’t any reason to send in an application with misspelled words, and the word processor grammar check functions are also very helpful. If you don’t have the inclination or time to do it right, hire a service to assist you with your federal style resume. Notice that I say, assist you with your federal style résumé; it takes a lot of time and work for both the résumé service and client to complete a federal style résumé that will get results. So even if you hire a service to complete yours, understand that you will have to provide considerable input and devote time to reviewing drafts to get it right. Only those rated "Best Qualified" will be referred for interviews and eventually selected for a job.

Related Federal Jobs

Identify local agency offices and conduct informational interviews and send them a copy of your federal resume along with a short cover letter. In the letter thank them for the interview and let them know what jobs you are interested in. This is a good way to introduce yourself and your qualifications to a perspective employer. The more contacts you make the better. This is especially important if you qualify for a special hiring programs such as the Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) or disability programs.

You will find that you may qualify for many different federal jobs. Don’t overlook Wage Grade (WG) positions. When searching for vacancies online, review job announcements for all the job series that interest you and that you have the education and/or training to apply for. You will be surprised by how many you find. The Book of U.S. Government Jobs lists all GS and WG occupations in Appendix C, over 900 total that you can review for related occupations that may offer additional opportunities for you to bid on jobs with your education and skill sets. You can also review our online Occupation Listings or view our Agency Job Listings by occupational title as well.   

The Book of U.S. Government Jobs describes the federal employment process with easy to use checklists
and sample applications with over 1,000 references. Recommended by LIBRARY JOURNAL.

Consider the electronics technician field. For example, all of the following job series require basic electronic technician skills:

General Schedule (GS) Jobs

GS-856 Electronics Technician
GS-802 Electronics Engineering Technician
GS-2101 Transportation Specialist (FAA System Specialists)

WG-2500 — Wire Communications Equip/Installation/Maintenance Family

WG-2502 Telephone Mechanic
WG-2504 Wire Communications Cable Splicing
WG-2508 Communications Line Installing/Repairing
WG-2511 Wire Communications Equipment Install/Repair

WG-2600 — Electronic Equipment Installation and Maintenance Family

WG-2602 Electronic Measurement Equipment Mechanic
WG-2604 Electronic Mechanic
WG-2606 Electronic Industrial Controls
WG-2698 Electronic Digital Computer Mechanic

Other WG Positions to Consider

WG-2800 Electrical Installation Maintenance Family (4 occupations)
WG-3300 Instrument Work Family (5 occupations)
WG-4800 General Maintenance Family (7 occupations)

Getting Started

 

Federal government job seekers can link direct to thousands of job vacancies by occupation or through our Department & agency listings and list of 141 agency web sites. You can also call OPM’s USAJOBS hotline, 24 hours a day seven days a week, for updated job information at 1-703-724-1850 or visit USAJobs.

Our consolidated listing of federal jobs includes USAJOBS listings and related state, local government, and private sector jobs. Use the vacancies listed on this site and our agency recruiting site listings to find more jobs nationwide and overseas.

Additional avenues are available to locate government job announcements including; OPM and agency sponsored job hot lines, internet web sites, computer generated data bases, employment services, directories, and periodicals that publish job listings. These resources are listed in Chapter Three of The Book of U.S. Government Jobs under Common Job Sources. Specific hiring programs are discussed following the job resource listings such as; student hiring, and engineering conversion paths.

The Book of U.S. Government Jobs describes the entire federal employment process and includes a FEDERAL RESUME GUIDE, easy to use checklists with sample applications and over 1,000 references. This title is on Library Journal's "Best Sellers List" and one of the most checked out books at libraries, nationwide. Recommended by Library Journal.

Individual agency personnel offices should also be contacted to obtain job announcements. A listing is included in Appendix C of The Book of U.S. Government Jobs and a partial list is included on this page. A consolidated listing of Washington, D.C. Federal Personnel Departments is provided following the Common Job Sources section in this book as well. If an agency has direct hire or case examining authority, and most do today, they may advertise jobs independently from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Also, search related private sector jobs on our expanded jobs board to locate ALL jobs in your area.

Federal Agency Personnel Offices and Job Hotlines

 

Agencies recruit through government web sites including OPM's USAJOBS. Many eliminated their direct general employment support lines. However, the majority of job announcements provide contact information including the staffing specialist's names, phone number and email address on the announcement if you have specific questions about advertised jobs. You can contact these staffing specialists to ask general questions about employment in their agency. You can also call the main Washington DC number that is listed in the agency directory in The Book of U.S. Government Jobs and ask to speak with their recruiting office.

 

Agriculture 202/720-2791 Other Agencies
Bureau of Prisons 800/347-7744 EEOC 800-669-4000
Commerce 202/482-2000 FCC 202/418-0130
CIA 703/482-0623 Federal Reserve 202/452-3000
Dept. of Interior 202/208-6702 FTC 202/326-2021
Dept. of Labor 866/487-2365 General Accounting 202/512-3000
Dept. of Defense  1-888-DOD-4USA GSA 202/501-0370
Education 202/401-0553 National Archives 800/827-4898
Energy 202/586-1234 Social Security 410/965-1234
EPA 202/272-0167 USA Jobs Hotline 703-724-1850
FDIC 877-275-3342    
H&HS 888/478-4340    
HUD 202/708-0408    
Interior 202/208-3100    
Justice 202/514-3397    
Transportation 202/366-4000    
Treasury 304/480-6144    
U.S. Peace Corps 800/712-3000    
Veterans Affairs 202/273-9730    

 

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