How to get a Federal job

by fred 23. March 2010

Government jobs available are not limited to graduates; there are work opportunities that call for certain competences and certifications to qualify for the position.
A college graduate with a certain major or who has completed specific school classes can feel confident to access entry level openings and acquire work experience and on-the-job training. It is the first step in the direction of higher grade level positions in the government. These jobs are often displayed as intern or trainee program positions.

If you do not have a degree but you have obtained experience on the job and accumulated an extensive work-related history, you can meet the requirements for the announcement that requires your skills. It's your experience that matters but it sure will help to have certifications to show that you have taken up short classes to develop your skills. For assistant vacancies, you should have at least three months of work experience. For higher grade vacancies or equivalent levels, more work experience will be needed.
But where do you look for government jobs?  You can always look at the websites of government agencies. The local library can help you as well. They generally have a listing of job vacancies in the government sector. The vacancy announcement will usually include basic information, who qualifies, where applications are accepted, the deadline and how to apply. The pay range and the employment conditions are also included in the listing.
As a candidate, always be ready with your updated Federal resume to maximize the time you have and to beat other aspirants for the job. Federal agencies hand out resume form to all job applicants. Use caution when you prepare these forms. Read them carefully and be sure you have all the necessary information ready. One last thing, do not attempt to lie about anything because the agency will always verify facts.

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