Want to work for Uncle Sam?
Talk to practically anyone who has hunted for a job with the federal government, and he or she will tell you the hiring process can be painfully slow and bureaucratic. And, following the government shutdown and pay freezes last year, why would anyone want to work for Uncle Sam?
There are lots of good reasons to work in the public sector. This year, for example, the federal government is expected to hire around 95,000 new workers, up from 80,000 last year, and more openings are expected. Roughly a quarter of the 2.1 million federal civilian workers are now eligible for retirement, and as the economy improves, more workers may be headed for the exits.
When someone retires, “an agency doesn’t automatically want to fill that with someone younger and less experienced,” “They want someone who can hit the ground running.”
Four out of five federal government jobs are based outside the nation’s capital. In fact, more than 50,000 government employees work abroad.
Health and retirement benefits tend to be more generous than in the private sector, and there are ample opportunities for telecommuting and flextime at many agencies. Pay is competitive with the private and nonprofit sectors: Mid-level job wages can run from $50,000 to more than $100,000 a year.
The trick is to learn how to navigate the system. Here’s how to start your government job search. That is what we are here – to help you get the federal job of your dreams!
1. Follow your passion
2. Network, network, network
3. Get your resume in order
4. Go directly to an agency’s website
5. Start with short-term government experience
6. Be tenacious
“Are You Ready to Build Your Future?”