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U.S. Government Jobs - 11th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-943641-29-4

 

(Includes a Federal Resume Guide)

11th Edition by Dennis V. Damp

 

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Awarded "Best Career Book"

2012 "Best Caeer" Book Award

LIBRARY JOURNAL "Best Seller"
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The Book Of U.S. Government Jobs
11th Edition
What Jobs Are Available, Where They Are, and How To Complete a Federal Resume
Paperback || 320 pages || ISBN: 978-0-943641-29-4 || $27.95
LCCN: 2011903343 || JK716D36 2011 || 331.12'4135173 || ISSN: 2158-7698

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Introduction

This edition is the first to feature the new HIRING REFORM initiatives ordered by the President. Dennis Damp takes you step-by-step through these changes, presenting an insider’s view of what it takes to go from job hunter to hired employee — and everything in between — to improve your chances of landing a highpaying government job. Learn what it takes to be rated “Best Qualified.”

The Book of U.S. Government Jobs walks you through the federal hiring process. Readers will find up-to-date information on how the federal employment system works from an insider’s perspective, how to locate job announcements through various methods, and guidance on how to complete a federal application package that will get the attention of rating officials. You’ll learn about special hiring programs for the physically challenged, veterans, and students. Thousands of job opportunities, Civil Service Exam requirements, overseas jobs, Postal Service jobs, how to complete your employment application, and much more. The Job Hunter’s Checklist in Appendix A offers a comprehensive checklist that will take you through the entire federal employment process. Use Appendix A throughout your job search. 

The four appendices include an easy-to-use Federal Job Check list, complete lists of federal occupations, comprehensive agency summaries, an agency skills index, and contact lists including employment office addresses and phone numbers.

This book will guide you step-by-step through the federal employment process, from filling out your first employment application to locating job announcements, networking resources, and hiring agencies. Follow the guidelines set forth in this book to dramatically improve your chances of landing a federal job.

Federal employment increased dramatically over the past two years compared to the private sector, where unemployment hovers in the high single digits. From October 2009 through June 2010, agencies hired 212,188 new hires. Total employment, including the Postal Service, was 2,850,280 as of September 2010.

Many retirements are projected as each day 10,000 baby boomers turn age 65 for the next 19 years! Hiring will be driven by retirements and the need to staff over 100 new agencies and regulatory organizations due to the healthcare and banking legislation passed in 2010.

There are many reasons to consider federal employment. The average annual federal worker’s compensation, pay plus benefits, is $123,049 compared to just $61,051 for the private sector. Average salary is $81,258 and new hires can receive student loan payoff assistance, relocation and cash incentives for hard-to-fill posi-tions, and the benefits package is exceptional. A larger percentage of professionals and fewer service and clerical positions contribute to higher average salaries.

Excellent job opportunities are available for those who know how to tap this lucrative job market. All government hiring is based on performance and qualifications regardless of your gender, race, color, creed, religion, disability, or national origin. Where else can you apply for a high-paying entry-level job that offers em-ployment at thousands of locations internationally, excellent career advancement opportunities, and careers in hundreds of occupations?

Government hired over a million part time workers in 2010 for the US. Census alone and continues to hire hundreds of thousands of full time workers each year. Other vacancies exist in the legislative and judicial branches. Numerous job opportunities are available for those willing to seek them out.

This Eleventh Edition of The Book of U.S. Government Jobs will help job seekers land high-paying, benefit-loaded, and secure government jobs. If you’re looking for a position with good pay with excellent benefits, explore the high-paying and secure federal job market.

Use this one-stop resource to determine what jobs are available, where they are, and how to write a federal resume. Abundant resources and tools are also included. The completely revised edition explores:

Entry Level Jobs
Professional Jobs
Law Enforcement Jobs
Postal Jobs
Interviewing Skills
Student Hiring
Part Time Jobs
Overseas Jobs
Outstanding Scholars
Benefits/Pay
Veteran’s Preference
The Job Search
Resumes/Applications
Sample Resumes
KSAs
Disabled Hiring
Internet Web Sites
Agency Contacts
Job Hotlines
Homeland Security Jobs

 

What Others Are Saying About The Book of U.S. Government Jobs

New Reviews

Benjamin Franklin Award (June 2012)

The Book of U.S. Government Jobs, 11th edition by Dennis Damp, ISBN: 978-0-943641-29-4 was the winner in the 24th annual Benjamin Franklin Awards ™ from IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association in Recognition of Excellence in Independent Publishing. IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association, recently honored the best books in 54 categories at the Benjamin Franklin Awards™ in New York City on June 5, 2012, prior to the BookExpo America tradeshow. Named the winner in “Best Career Book” category, The Book of U.S. Government Jobs; Where They Are, What’s Available, and How to Write a Federal Resume ($24.95, June, 2011) was highlighted for exceptional content and organization.

USA Best Book Award Finalist (October 2011)

USABookNews.com, the premiere online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of THE USA “BEST BOOKS 2011” AWARDS on November 1, 2011. Finalist for Best Career Title and Best Cover Design for 2011 by USA Book News.

Library Journal Reivew (August 2011)

Damp, Dennis V. The Book of U.S. Government Jobs: Where They Are, What’s Available, and How To Complete a Federal Résumé. 11th ed. Bookhaven. 2011. 308p. illus. index. ISBN 9780943641294. pap. $27.95. REF

A three-time Benjamin Franklin Award finalist, this title remains an essential guide to securing well-paying federal positions. Incorporating newly implemented hiring reforms, Damp’s (Post Office Jobs) 11 chapters offer highly detailed instruction on where to locate and how to apply for federal jobs. Featuring tips for interview and exam performance, the accessible text presents instructive narratives and helpful sidebar hints. The chapter on effective federal résumé construction is vital. Other chapters clarify the qualifications necessary for securing positions with the police, the postal service, and the homeland security administration.

ForeWord Reviews (June 2011)

"Dennis V. Damp’s The Book of U.S. Government Jobs, 11th Edition is a comprehensive guide for any potential
Candidate. The information contained in this meticulous manual addresses job seekers from every educational background and at every experience level... Damp is an award-winning writer and public speaker. With thirty-five years of service in the public sector, he is an acclaimed government employment expert. His latest edition of The Book of U.S. Government Jobs is required reading for all prospective federal employees."

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Testimonials

June 24, 2011 "Your book helped lead the way to my new federal position and "Second Career" with  the DOD. I was offered MULTIPLE positions (Competitively & Schedule A - Disabled) over the course of a year's worth of applying. No previous fed experience and not a vet BTW. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. — Ken B.

“Using the information presented in this book I was granted 5 interviews, received 3 job offers, and accepted a GS-12 position; then negotiated a significant pay increase.” — Mark S., Ohio

“Damp’s discussions on ways to enhance your resume to get your foot in the door helped. My resume has made it to the hiring official over 90% of the time since I read his hints and I’ve been called for 2 interviews. — JT

Benjamin Franklin Awards
"Best Career Title"

New 11th Edition Reviews

Library Journal Reivew (August 2011)

Damp, Dennis V. The Book of U.S. Government Jobs: Where They Are, What’s Available, and How To Complete a Federal Résumé. 11th ed. Bookhaven. 2011. 308p. illus. index. ISBN 9780943641294. pap. $27.95. REF

A three-time Benjamin Franklin Award finalist, this title remains an essential guide to securing well-paying federal positions. Incorporating newly implemented hiring reforms, Damp’s (Post Office Jobs) 11 chapters offer highly detailed instruction on where to locate and how to apply for federal jobs. Featuring tips for interview and exam performance, the accessible text presents instructive narratives and helpful sidebar hints. The chapter on effective federal résumé construction is vital. Other chapters clarify the qualifications necessary for securing positions with the police, the postal service, and the homeland security administration.

ForeWord Reviews (June 2011)

For those seeking stable employment in an unstable economy, the federal government, where
salaries average $81,258, may be the best place to look for opportunities. Dennis V. Damp’s The
Book of U.S. Government Jobs, 11th Edition is a comprehensive guide for any potential
Candidate. The information contained in this meticulous manual addresses job seekers from
every educational background and at every experience level.
 
Divided into twelve chapters, the book opens with general facts about federal jobs—
basics such as pay and benefits and career development. Recent changes to the hiring process, as
well as eligibility and how to apply for jobs are discussed, along with the availability of various
jobs and what to expect in an interview. An entire chapter is devoted to civil service exams,
another to the résumé.
 
Special-interest areas such as veterans and military dependent hiring, overseas
opportunities, the US Postal Service, and employment for people with disabilities are all
thoroughly covered. Law enforcement and homeland security positions are addressed separately.
Damp concludes with the secrets to success, exploring topics such as training, experience, and
networking.
 
The book’s four appendices will help those looking to work for the government clarify
and focus their efforts. The job hunter’s checklist is commonplace; but the federal agency
contact and occupation lists are essential. An index providing additional data on which areas best utilize people with certain skills is a must for serious applicants.
 
The author reveals his straightforward approach in this statement: “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.”
 
Damp is an award-winning writer and public speaker. With thirty-five years of service in
the public sector, he is an acclaimed government employment expert. His latest edition of The
Book of U.S. Government Jobs is required reading for all prospective federal employees.
 
(June 2011) Julia Ann Charpentier

Previous Edition Reviews

The books most borrowed in U.S. Libraries - 4/1/2009
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The Book of U.S. Government Jobs is on Library Journal's Bestsellers top 20 list, the books most borrowed in U.S. Libraries. This title is mentioned with "What Color is Your Parachute" and we are honored to be on this prestigious list.

Library Journal's Bestsellers List

Damp, Dennis V. The Book of U.S. Government Jobs. 10th ed. Bookhaven. 2008. 338p. ISBN 978-0-943641-26-3. $22.95. REF

"An invaluable how-to guide for landing a federal position, this book is updated every two years in order to incorporate the newest procedural details. Former federal-employee hiring specialist Damp (Post Office Jobs) breaks the recruitment process into 12 essential chapters, offering an elemental introduction, application and interview advice, civil service exam samples, and, finally, “Employment Secrets.” To speed comprehension, information is often bulleted, and Damp frequently reproduces and explains entire sample resumes and job postings. With its logical arrangement and thorough explanations, this book will prove a vital resource for any federal job seeker."

—   LIBRARY JOURNAL 11/15/2008

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60 Days to a Recession Proof Federal Job; IT WORKS, January 2, 2009

"An INDISPENSIBLE guide to finding and getting a federal job. I used the information in the NEW 10th edition and was granted 5 interviews, 3 job offers and accepted a GS-12 position; then negotiated a significant PAY increase; just 2 month into my search. After arriving at my new position, I used the Federal Job career information section to obtain additional vacation time for my prior military service and to make the right decisions on my benefits. Dennis Damp hit a GRAND SLAM with this book; it is simply the BEST Federal Jobs Guide on the market today. If you are looking for a comprehensive federal jobs guide that really puts you ahead of the competition, this is the book to buy. Thank you, Mr. Damp."

—  M. Shiraitori (10th edition)

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"The eighth edition of Dennis V. Damp’s "The Book of U.S. Government Jobs" is a well-researched book to add to your prep material for government jobs... The eighth edition features a new chapter on law enforcement careers. Damp, who was a federal employee in a previous life, posts updates on his Web site, Federaljobs.net... This book is the latest and greatest, and makes a powerful reference tool if you want a workplace wrapped in the American flag."   

— JOYCE LAIN KENNEDY, Columnist -Tribune Media Services

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"If ever a book's title described its content, this one does. Now in its eighth edition, this valuable reference tool continues to provide essential information and advice for those seeking to obtain secure, high-paying federal government jobs. Over 50 percent of material from the 2000 edition had been updated, and approximately 30 pages of new material have been added to reflect recent developments in the competitive job market precipitated by the September 11 attacks. While this edition repeats the same 12 chapter topics of its predecessor, it features a new chapter on the growing area of law enforcement jobs, as well as expanded and substantially revised versions of the chapters on employment secrets, opportunities for the disabled, and applications, which instructs users how to write Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) statements. Other revisions consist of updates of contact information (e.g., web sites and telephone numbers or agencies) as well as employment statistics. In his informative preface, Damp (Post Office Jobs; Health Care Job Explosion; Take Charge of Your Federal Career) notes the introduction of a simplified application form, the increased use of telephone and online applications, and the trend toward decentralizing the application process. The five appendixes provide a job hunter's checklist and contact and occupation listings. A useful and popular source on the process of finding government employment, this is recommended for career collections in both public and academic libraries. {Succinct updates of the information found in this book are available on the publisher's web site, www.federaljobs.net . - Ed.}"

— LIBRARY JOURNAL  (9th edition)

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"A year ago you gave me pointers on finding a federal job. Well it all worked out and I’m a paralegal specialist in Oklahoma. I just wanted to say thanks."                                 

— JG, Tulsa, OK

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"I just wanted to let you know that the information in your book helped me land a Congressional Summer Internship..."    
— Gus

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"Few people find jobs in U.S. Government without some help. For over fourteen years, a primary source of 'help' has been widely recognized as Dennis V. Damp's classic, 'The Book of U.S. Government Jobs.' In the 7th and latest edition, Mr. Damp pulls together all of the old and new -- offline and online -- sources, tips, and techniques needed to become one of the 2,800,000 federal workers earning an average of $46,000 a year.

Using a clear and concise style peppered with real-life examples and explanatory graphics, Mr. Damp explains what kinds of jobs are available, what the work involves, minimum requirements, how much they pay, and most important, how to get them. You'll learn the federal application process, how to best present your qualifications and experience to meet job requirements, and how to prepare for any required tests. Civil Service Exams? You'll find an entire section devoted to them.

"Why should we hire you?" "What is your weakest point?" Don't you just hate those? Job interviewers call them "stress" questions. They are well named and federal interviewers will ask them. In the chapter "The Interview Process", Dennis Damp tells you the right answers.

The federal job application form Of-612 must be completed correctly and in much greater detail than applications used by private industry. The Book of U.S. Government Jobs includes an example of a fully and correctly completed OF-612 including the 'Continuation' pages used for listing your complete work experience.

Whether you're a first time job searcher or a long-time government employee trying to advance, The Book of U.S. Government Jobs demands a slot in your career library."   

 — Robert Longley U.S. Government Info/Resources

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"I just wanted to drop you a line to show my appreciation for the information you have provided. Before I ran across your publications I almost threw away $400 to a so called agency that "promised me a government job." So once again, thank you for your "civil service" from all of us hopeful civil service employees."  
— Tom G

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"Presents realistic job search strategies and viable options to landing a job with the U.S. Government and guides job seekers through the maze of the federal hiring process. Revised and updated to reflect the most current requirements and procedures and summarizes the Clinton/Gore proposals for 'reinventing government' and their hiring impact..."    

—  Journal of Economic Literature

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