Finding a Federal Job
In the next five years, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) projects that more than 550,000 federal employees — one-third of the entire full-time permanent workforce — will leave the government. This has lead to very strategic and aggressive recruitment strategies to secure the best and brightest to replenish their workforce, which in some cases can equal bonuses once a position is accepted. Jobs are available in virtually every academic discipline. The following information is designed to assist you in creating your federal path within the federal government.
Job Search Documents and Info
Guide to Finding a Federal Job (PDF)
List of Internship and Co-op Programs in the Federal Gov't (PDF) Lists organizations hiring students and inlcudes application deadlines
Federal Gov't MBA Resume Example (PDF)
Federal Chemistry Resume Example (PDF)
Mass Communications Resume Example (PDF)
Cover Letter and Email Sample -- Engineering (PDF)
Cover Letter Example -- MBA (PDF)
Check the Pay Grade chart for different levels of pay -- also includes pay tables by geographic location
Jobs that include access to sensitive information generally require a security clearance, which is a more intensive background investigation that often begins after a job offer has been received. Access a PowerPoint presentation (PDF) on Security Clearance Processing
Resume Writing Tips
What are the differences between a federal and a private industry resume?
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3-5pages is acceptable
Federal careers by field of interest: http://makingthedifference.org/federalcareers/careersbyinterest.shtml
Academic Quick Guides (these assist job seekers who want to do a major specific search*). Click on the link and scroll down to ‘Academic Guides’. You’ll see all the available PDFs there: http://ourpublicservice.org/OPS/programs/calltoserve/toolkit/
http://wherethejobsare.org/WTJA/about/WTJA09.pdf: (‘Where the Jobs Are’ report) outlines government-wide projected hiring needs and is based on a survey of 34 federal agencies, representing nearly 99 percent of the federal civilian workforce. This report identifies nearly 193,000 “mission critical” jobs.
http://www.usajobs.gov/careers/index.asp?ic=1: Career Interest Center for federal jobs.
http://www.makingthedifference.org/federaljobs/exceptedservice.shtml: Defines excepted service agencies and lists some of those agencies that fall into this category
http://www.usajobs.gov/infocenter/howjobsgetfilled.asp: For those job seekers who want to know how jobs get filled
http://www.makingthedifference.org/federaljobs/securityclearances.shtml: discusses the security clearance process, including the identification of some of the agencies that require them
http://www.usajobs.gov/infocenter/resumetips.asp#tips: tips on KSA and federal resume writing
http://www.usajobs.gov/firsttimers.asp: a tutorial for those job seekers who are new to usajobs.gov
http://www.makingthedifference.org/federaljobs/usajobs.shtml: gives tips on how to maximize usajobs.gov as a resource and job-seeking tool
http://www.usajobs.gov/infocenter/glossary/A.asp: this resource helps with deciphering the verbiage in federal job postings