There are many employment options available today in the private and public sectors. We hear so much about the traditional job market that it is easy to overlook some of the most lucrative job options. Have you consider working for the federal government? Federal jobs are plentiful and available nationwide if you know where to look.
I worked for Uncle Sam for 30 years retiring in 2012. I started in the acquisition field as a contract specialist and eventually transferred to an IT profession. My first IT job was as an Information Management Specialist and then I moved to an Information Specialist in policy and planning. Both jobs were in the Information Technology Management Series . I ended my career as a Program Analyst in the GS-0343 Serie s. My career took a few turns along the way, however, it was interesting and I learned quite a lot.
As my career progressed I was given greater roles and responsibilities. I enjoyed serving my country and for me that was one of the most enjoyable aspects of my work and was one of my reasons for getting up each morning.
It too can be your reason for getting up in the morning along with attractive benefits, good pay, and job security. The benefits are generous to say the least and include; life and health insurance, a 401k plan  and a Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) , 13 days of sick leave each year, and vacation time, called annual leave in the federal sector, is accrued based on your length of service. You can also save up to 6 weeks of annual leave and sell that time back to the government when you retire.
Job security is another factor to consider and there are less layoffs, called a Reduction in Force (RIF), in the federal government. Promotion potential depends upon many factors including your motivation, credentials, willingness to relocate, and the agency you work for.
Working as a public servant can be very rewarding. How many jobs or careers for that matter, can you say are truly rewarding? There is a satisfaction in knowing that you are an integral part of something much bigger than you are. You are serving the American public and able to work in challenging environments across the country and in so many different occupations. Duty is a certain aspect of working for the Federal Government that goes beyond just showing up for the job each day.
There are many resources for you to explore federal jobs in your area. Start by visiting www.federaljobs.net , the companion web site for the 11th edition of The Book of U.S. Government Jobs . This book and website walk you through the hiring process and provide the information you need to find jobs, complete a professional federal resume , and prepare for the job interview. Also visit www.usajobs.gov , the official recruiting website for the federal government.
Many assume that the majority of federal employees work in the DC Metro area. Fewer than 15 percent of all federal employees worked in or near Washington, DC. You will find offices and federal jobs in all of the major metropolitan areas. Many smaller cities and rural areas have district or local facility offices that offer opportunities for employment across the country and internationally in over 200 countries.
The Federal Government offers tremendous opportunities with over 900 occupations to choose from! From administrative and management to general labor and trades. The baby boomers will be retiring in greater numbers in the next few years, and young people will be needed to fill these jobs. There are many opportunities to take advantage of if you take the time to seek them out. Start exploring the possibilities today.
Helpful Career Planning Tools
- The Book of U.S. Government Jobs; Where They Are, What’s Available, and How to Complete a Federal Resume 
- Take Charge of Your Federal Career ; An Action Oriented Career Management Workbook for Federal Employees
- Applying For Federal Jobs 
- Civil Service Exams 
- Veteran’s Preference 
- Interview Preparation 
Visit our other informative sites
- Federal Employee’s Career Development & IDP Center 
- http://FederalJobs.net  (Explore occupations and find jobs)
- http://www.SearchFedJobs.com (Search federal, state, and private sector jobs in your area)
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