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Intern – Bureau of Reclamation

 

  • Work schedule

 

Part-Time – Full-time/Part-Time. May work during the summer.

 

  • Appointment type

 

Internships – Intern – indefinite position expected to last for the duration of the student’s academic attendance.

Duties

Summary

Want to work for a contemporary water management agency whose mission is to assist in meeting the increasing water demands of the West while protecting the environment and the public’s investment? Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as a Student Trainee (Business & Industry).

This is a career development opportunity in the excepted service under the Bureau of Reclamation Pathways Internship Program. It is designed to provide students currently enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to the graduate level, with opportunities to work and get paid while exploring federal careers. The candidate selected to fill the position will be required to complete a Participant Agreement that spells out the requirements of the program, including an anticipated date for completing educational requirements related to the full performance grade level of the position.

 

Best Federal Jobs: The Highest-Paying Government Jobs

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There are many benefits to working in the public sector including stability, regular working hours, and  generous retirement package. If you’re currently looking for a new career, you might want to consider working for the government. These are just some of the highest-paying jobs today:

 

Nurse

 

Nurses have always been in high demand. They are most likely to be hired by the Department of the Army, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Veteran Affairs.  This position may require an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree, or certification from an approved nursing program.

 

Chemist

Chemists are scientists who research, conduct experiments, analyze chemicals and develop new compounds. Their services are in demand by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Navy. To become a professional chemist, you need a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related field. Some positions also require a master’s degree or a Ph.D.


Microbiologist

 

Microbiologists are scientists who study microscopic organisms including bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi, and some types of parasites. There is currently an increased demand for qualified microbiologists in Department of Health and Human Services, the Army, and the Navy.

 

Attorney

An attorney is a person who is legally qualified to transact business one another’s behalf. Lawyers are most in demand at the Department of Justice, Department of the Interior, and the Department of the Treasury.

 

Criminal Investigator

The job of a Criminal Investigator is to process evidence and attempt to solve cases. To get this job, you need to obtain a formal education in some type of forensic science. Qualified criminal investigators are in demand by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Navy.

 

Architect

 

To be an architect, you need to get a degree from a school that is recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. You also need to pass the Architect Registration Examination. This position is in demand in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Army, and the Navy.

 

General Engineer


General engineers play an important role in broadcasting, nuclear science, telecommunications, and even metallurgy. People with engineering degrees are in highest demand at the Department of Energy and the Department of the Interior.

 


Economist

 

Economists offer insights and opinions using economic theories and knowledge. This profession is in demand in the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Army. This position usually requires a master’s degree or a Ph.D. in economics.

 

Financial Manager

 

Financial managers are responsible for controlling the financial activities of an organization. There’s a high demand for financial managers in the Army, the Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

Astronomer

 

An astronomer is a scientist who studies the universe and the objects within it. Astronomers are in very high demand in agencies such as the Air Force, the Army, and NASA. Most positions require a Ph.D. in the field of astronomy.

 

Librarian

 

A librarian is a person who is trained in the care and management of a library. Librarians are most likely to be hired by the Department of the Army, the Department of the Air Force, and the Library of Congress.

Average Retirement Income for Federal Employees: Find Out How Much They’re Getting

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Pension and Benefits for Federal Employees


The government provides a comprehensive package of benefits and retirement to all its employees. Their benefits include paid leaves, insurance funding, and traditional pensions.

For Employees Hired After January 1, 1987

For federal employees hired on or after January 1, 1987, the Federal Employees Retirement System has three parts. Under this system, federal employees are eligible to receive benefits from Social Security. Employees are also given access to a federal pension which is based on the length of their service and their highest income while working for the government. The retirement system also includes a Thrift Savings Plan that is similar to a 401(k) which anyone can have on their own or through an employer. The government pays one percent of pay for every covered employee and it also matches its worker contributions.

For Employees Hired On or Before 1986


The Civil Service Retirement System is offered to employees who were hired on or before the end of 1986. Those who are covered by the civil service retirement system do not participate in Social Security. They neither contribute nor receive any benefits from it. For these workers, the money that usually goes to Social Security is used as a pension contribution. When they retire, the pension they get is more generous than the pension under the Federal Employees Retirement System.


Civilian Benefits


Civilian government employees receive a comprehensive package of benefits which includes employer-based health, dental and vision insurance. They also get life and long-term care insurance as well as a flexible spending account.

 

Federal employees also receive paid leaves. Workers with one to three years of service get 13 days, those with three to 15 years get 20 days, and those with 15 years of service or more get 26 days. Federal employees also get 10 paid holidays every year.

Military Pensions


Under the military pension system, service members get annual payments that are based on the length of their service and their military pay. Typically, service members become eligible for a military pension after 20 years of service. This means that if you enlist at the age of 18, you can start receiving your pension at 38 years old.

Military Benefits


Members of the military receive paid leaves, life insurance, and health care coverage. The government also includes special benefits for surviving family members in the event that a service member dies while serving the country.

 

Service members receive discounts when shopping at commissaries and exchanges. They also also get allowances for food and off-base housing. Service members and their immediate families are even given the opportunity to fly for free in open spaces on military flights.

 

Great Things About Government Retirement

 

One of the most stable lines of work is public service. Aside from stability, the government also offers great retirement benefits to their employees.

 

These are just some of the advantages of being a federal employee:

  • The pensions and Social Security that public servants get when they retire is more than enough for them to live a comfortable life. Their savings will also be sufficient to cover any of their unplanned expenses.
  • Health insurance is a valuable benefit that many government retirement systems offer. This means federal employees can retire without having to spend any money on health insurance.
  • When federal employees retire, they receive annuities each month for the duration of their lives. This lifetime income can be very beneficial for retirement planning purposes because retirees would know how much they will receive every month for the rest of their lives.

Job Search HQ: Finding an Ally in Jeff Altman

Job Search HQ: Finding an Ally in Jeff Altman

Job hunting may be one of the most difficult challenges you’ll face in your life; you’ll need an ally to help you through it—an ally that can guide you through the process, improve your skills, and build your confidence.

This is what Jeff Altman offers: an ally in your search for a satisfying career. A recruiter and successful coach for more than 40 years, Jeff is the go-to guy for people having difficulties with their job search. He’s helped people with a myriad of job problems, from fixing LinkedIn profiles to pitching for a higher salary during negotiations. He’s written eight books on job hunting and is called “The Big Game Hunter” in Ashville, North Carolina.

His new project, www.JobSearchCoachingHQ.com, features articles, videos, podcasts, books, and guides Jeff has made throughout his career.

Jeff says:

“Once you join, you have access to a ton of resources PLUS you can ask me questions about job hunting so you don’t make “amateurish mistakes.” In addition, resume and LinkedIn profile critiques are discounted as are coaching sessions with me.”

If you’ve yet to join Jeff’s new website, read some of his advice that he shared with the Federal Resume Writer blog:

Job Hunters Need Coaches

Jeff’s first piece of advice on job search: get a coach. He says:

“Job hunters make the mistake of relying on themselves without help or ask the wrong people for advice—friends, family, colleagues, former colleagues. They ask people who know little more than they do and get mediocre results. A coach helps people excel at job hunting.”

Jeff adds that coaches are important because they know the game, and have years of experience practicing the skills needed during a job hunt. He uses Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours rule to success to explain his point:

“Malcolm Gladwell said it takes 10,000 hours of dedicated effort to master a skill. And job hunters have how much experience writing resumes? Or interviewing? Or constructing an effective LinkedIn profile? Or negotiating salary? Job hunters start at a competitive disadvantage and need to hire an ally to help them … and by hiring an ally, I don’t mean work with a recruiter.”

How to Deal with Recruiters

A former recruiter himself, Jeff knows what motivates a recruiter and tells job hunters not to think of recruiters as allies in their search.

“First of all, you have to understand that recruiters are being hired and paid for by companies to find people with specific talents and experiences. Their loyalty is first to the corporate client and second to you.”

As a job hunter, you can’t expect recruiters to help them. He says:

“If you send a resume that isn’t a perfect fit for the role they represent, don’t expect a response from the recruiter; don’t expect friendly phone calls from them; don’t expect them to cater to you.”

Customize Your Resume

Flipping the same resume from one company to another is another big mistake, according to Jeff. He says that job requirements for every job are unique and to get results, hunters must write resumes that match the job description.

Jeff has another tip in making stand-out resumes: State your achievements.

He explains:

“The second big mistake job hunters make with their resumes is failing to qualify the impact of what they’ve done at their current organization in terms of dollars saved or revenue generated. If you saved your agency $120 million and don’t include it in your resume, how does anyone know you did it? How does anyone know that you’re better than another person; after all, if you just recite your roles, responsibilities, accomplishments and, perhaps, the technology utilized, no one will know the impact of your work.”

Job hunting Do’s and Don’ts

Here are some of Jeff’s top tips in job hunting.

  • Do you go to interviews without practice and expect to ace the interview each and every time? No. Practice! The difference between winning and losing is having the right answer come out of your mouth naturally.
    Don’t just “wing it” at an interview; take the time to prepare. Ask “The Single Best Question You Should Ask in an Interview,” at the beginning of the interview so you can talk about what you’ve done that matters to them and not just talk about what you’ve done.
  • Using a resume to find work is being a hunter. Using your LinkedIn profile to attract opportunities allows you to be hunted.
  • Don’t just duplicate your resume; SEO your resume to attract people who are trying to hire someone like you to reach out to you. Then, make it easy for them to contact you by putting your phone number and email address on to the subject line.

Thank you, Jeff, for sharing these tips with our blog!

Military Assistance Programs

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Military Assistance Programs

Being in the service has a lot of advantages. Aside from having access to special training and resources, you can also get assistance for various programs. For example, if you’re experiencing financial difficulties, VFW id ready to help. VFW or Veterans of Foreign Wars is a non-profit veterans service organization that offers many programs and services to support veterans, service members and their families and the communities across the globe.

VFW has helped in funding the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II, and Women in the Military Service memorials. It is the first veterans’ group that offered funds to build the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial. The organization also supports the construction of the National Desert Storm War Memorial since 2015.

Above all, the organization provides financial grants to veterans, service members and military families that face financial difficulties through its ‘Unmet Needs’ program. This program is specifically created to assist American military families who have unexpected financial difficulty because of deployment or work-related injury. VFW can give up to $5,000 for basic life needs with no repayment required. The organization lives by this motto: The needs of our veterans, service members and their families should never go unmet. Let us offer you a hand up when you need it!

Easter Seals, on the other hand, assists veterans in finding jobs. The organization understands that the needs of veterans, service members, and families are evolving which is why they work to identify each and come up with the best solution. Easter Seals offers assistance for learning, recreation, and mental health. But it focuses more on work which is comprised of three major programs – Employment & Training, Veteran Reintegration and Senior Career Employment. They help veterans, the elderly and people with disability find a meaningful job.

Easter Seals can help you identify your job skills, especially the ones valuable in today’s workforce. They have people-centered employment services and have connections with other organizations that provide assistive technology and accessible transportation. So if you’re a veteran who’s having a hard time finding a job, contact your local Easter Seals to get help right away.

The AILA Military Assistance Program is a collaboration of 2 different bodies: LAO (Legal Assistance Offices) and JAG (Judge Advocate General). Each organization has its purpose. The LAOs provide free assistance to active duty service members and their families, and JAG attorneys are trained to handle complex immigration legal questions. Together, they have been providing invaluable resources, knowledgeable pro bono legal counsel, and peace of mind to the members of the United States Armed Forces. Through AILA Map’s selfless commitment, veterans, service members, and their families have been enjoying continued protection and freedom on a daily basis.

There are many organizations that provide military assistance programs and services in the U.S. Each has its purpose. But there are also other groups that offer multiple assistance programs. The United States is the largest contributor of military assistance not only within the country but worldwide. In fact, it provides help to over 150 different countries every year.

Government Job Interview Process

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Government Job Interview Process

The first step towards getting a government position is submitting an application. If you get called in for an interview, that means you’re in a short list of people who are seriously being considered for the position. The final selection, however, will still be based on a series of interviews.

Some job application systems, such as the US government’s USAJobs, have functionality built into their system which allows applicants to check the progress of their applications. Below are the basic processes that the human resources department follows when they’re hiring for a government job.

Before The Interview

Government agencies usually establish application deadlines so they can easily manage the number of applications they receive and they can move forward with the hiring process. In the interest of fairness, human resources strictly follow closing dates and they will not consider one late application unless all other late applications are accepted.

The human resources department goes through each application to make sure that every candidate meets the minimum requirements specified in the job posting. After all the applications are screened, the recruiters and hiring managers have to work together to come up with a list of finalists who they would like to interview. Then, they need to contact every finalist to schedule them for an interview.

If an applicant decides to withdraw from the process, the hiring managers may either interview the next most qualified candidate who didn’t make it to the list or they may just continue the process with one less finalist. This decision will be based on how close the next most qualified applicant was to being included in the list. The interview process may take some time, depending on the number of applicants being interviewed.

During The Interview

Interviews are often conducted by a panel. In most cases, the hiring manager is on the panel with at least two members from different areas of the organization. The interview format is usually structured, which means that all applicants are asked the same set of questions. After interviewing each applicant, the panel will select the most qualified candidate among the interviewees. However, in some cases, the panel interview is followed by several rounds of interviews for a more thorough assessment of applicants.

After The Interview

Most organizations wait until they are ready to make a job offer before they run a background check so they won’t incur the cost of running checks on individuals who won’t get hired. After all interviews and background checks are conducted, the recruiters and hiring managers decide which finalist will receive the job offer as well as the rank order of all the other finalists in case the chosen finalist decides to decline the job offer.

Next, a job offer is extended to the chosen finalist. This is when they negotiate on the salary and start date. If the chosen finalist formally acknowledges the job offer, the organization completes the necessary paperwork to hire him or her.

Lastly, the organization notifies all the other applicants that the position has been filled. Some organizations may only notify those candidates who were interviewed. This is usually indicated on job postings or on websites that contain human resources information.

How to Track Your Application:

You can track the status of your application by logging into your USAJOBS.gov account. If it has already been more than two weeks since the job posting has closed and you still haven’t received any updates, you may call the agency to confirm the receipt of your application. Each job announcement has a reference number. Make sure to take note of the reference number so the agency can locate your application quickly.

Government Interviews Questions and Answers

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Government Interviews Questions and Answers

Acing a government job interview is not as hard as you may imagine. Successful planning and preparing in advance is the key to increasing your chances of getting hired.

Make sure to research information about the position you’re applying for and the organization you’re hoping to work with. With adequate research, you will also be able to anticipate the kind of questions they would ask you and practice your answers.

To help you get ready for your next interview, we’ve prepared a list of the most common government job interview questions along with a few tips and sample answers:

Question: Can you work under pressure?

This is something the interviewer might ask you to gauge your ability to cope with challenges in the workplace. A good way to address this question is by sharing a scenario or experience that would convince him or her that you can thrive under pressure. Avoid saying that there has never been a time when you ever felt any pressure.

Sample answer: “I know that I can handle pressure extremely well because I’ve already gotten used to working with strict deadlines and last-minute changes at my current job, and it has never had a negative effect on my performance.”

Question: Are you willing to relocate?

This question is usually asked by hiring managers to assess the level of commitment you are willing to offer in case your working situation changes in the future. The best way to answer this is by being completely honest. However, it’s important that you don’t overreact to this question. Regardless of how you feel about relocating, remember to stay calm and reasonable. There are many ways to answer this question, but make sure to emphasize your dedication to the position.

Sample answer: “I am very interested in this position, and if relocating is a part of the job, I would certainly consider it.”

Question: How would you describe your work style?

When answering this question, don’t forget to mention attributes that would make you the best candidate for the job.

Sample answer: “I am a hard worker and I have rarely missed a day at work. I am always willing to come in early and stay longer hours to finish important tasks and achieve the best results.”

Question: Why are you leaving your current job?

Regardless of your reason for leaving, avoid talking negatively about your current job. Instead, prepare an answer that focuses on the future and casts you in the most positive light.

Sample answer: “As much as I love my current job, I’ve already learned all that I can in my position, and I’m excited to take on new challenges, so it’s a good time to move on.”

Question: What would be your ideal working environment?

With this question, the interviewer is trying to assess your personality and how you would fit in if they hire you. Focus on describing an environment that provides employees with opportunities for growth and development.

Sample answer: “My ideal work environment is one where there’s a good sense of team spirit. I enjoy working as part of a highly committed and professional team and I find that I work best in an environment that is empowering and positive, regardless of how difficult the job is.”

Other Interview Tips:

    • Speak clearly and enthusiastically about your experience and skills.
    • Be positive at all times. If possible, avoid sharing negative experiences.

<listyle=”font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;”>When answering questions, provide concrete examples that would highlight your skills and accomplishments.

  • Try to relate what you’ve learned about the company when answering questions.
  • Remember to maintain eye contact with the interviewer and listen to the entire question before providing an answer.

 

Federal Government Jobs Website: Finding and Applying for Federal Jobs

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Federal Government Jobs Website: Finding and Applying for Federal Jobs

About 2 million people are employed by the government, making the federal government America’s largest employer. Job seekers prefer to pursue federal employment for a lot of reasons, including benefits and compensation, job security, and flexible work schedules.

With about fifty percent of federal employees eligible for either early or regular retirement, there’s an abundance of federal job opportunities. In fact, thousands of federal jobs are advertised on any given day.

If you’re interested in starting your career in the federal government, the best place to start looking for a government job is on the USAJobs website. USAJobs.gov is the official source for Federal government job listings throughout the United States as well as abroad.

All candidates will be required to take appropriate exams and abide by all of the Office of Personnel Management procedures for hiring.

Most federal jobs are listed on USAJOBS, but sometimes agencies prefer to post job openings on their own websites. If there’s a particular agency that you are interested in working with, you may find its website through the A-Z Index of Government Agencies. Agencies set up the screening procedures for these positions and the hiring process may be different from the established OPM protocols.

Other helpful websites are The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, which provides information about employee job satisfaction and engagement at more than 300 agencies, and Makingthedifference.org, which describes public service jobs, including compensation and duties, and tips on how you can apply for a job.

Searching For Positions

USAJOBS.gov provides job seekers with the ability to search for positions based on specific keywords. You may also refine your search results in a variety of ways, including:

  • Agency. If you already have a few agencies in mind, you may refine your search by selecting one or more agencies.
  • Job Categories. The job categories are organized according to series number. To refine your search results, click a specific occupation series or choose a specific occupation.
  • Grade. To make your job search easier, focus on positions that match your experience level.
  • Salary. You may narrow your search by looking for positions within a specific salary range.
  • Work schedule/Work type. Select the work schedule and work type that best aligns with your preferences.
  • Location. To narrow your search, you may look for jobs according to your geographical region by typing in your zip code. You may also choose a specific city, state or country in the advanced search.

Below are a few other websites that you may find particularly useful.

Former Federal Employees

If you previously worked for the federal government, you may have reinstatement eligibility. This allows you to apply for federal jobs without competing with the general public.

Veterans

The federal government has an outstanding record of employing veterans. If you’ve served in the military and you’re looking for a federal government job, FedsHireVets.gov provides information on veterans’ preference, special hiring authorities, and other tips for vets and transitioning service members.

Students and Recent Graduates

There are many job opportunities offered to current students, recent graduates, and those with an advanced degree.

Senior Executives

Senior Executive Service members are selected for their leadership qualifications. You may be eligible for a position if you meet the executive core qualifications.

Disability employment

Persons with disabilities can be appointed to Federal jobs non-competitively through a process called Schedule A.

Apps for Government Jobs

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Apps for Government Jobs

If you’re currently looking for a job or thinking about transitioning to a different career, you might want to take a look at federal job openings available in your area. Landing a position in any government office does not only offer security and stability, but also the chance to better yourself. Federal job opportunities allow you to take your career to the next level and take on different roles. You can help save lives, sustain the environment, serve your country, and do meaningful work while earning good money.

The question is, how do you find a job with the federal government? It’s similar to finding any other job. You can join job fairs, surf the internet, or use specific applications to search for job postings. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. Nowadays, you can speed up your job hunting with the help of technology. Here are some of the websites used by job seekers like you:

  • USAJobs.gov – this is the official employment site of the federal government. By using this tool, you can easily search and apply for federal jobs in your area. It’s also easy to use – you just create a profile and immediately explore the opportunities available. Don’t forget to upload your professional resume and other application documents to make your profile appealing to recruiters searching the database. Here, you may also save your favorite job searches to receive email updates about them.
  • Veteran’s Employment Resource Center – this website contains tools and resources for all U.S. Veterans. If you’re from the military and would like to make a career shift, this is the perfect place to look for job opportunities, benefit programs and training assistance for private sector employment.
  • Foreign Service Careers – this is where you can find information on foreign job openings. The best way to go overseas today is to get a position as a Peace Corps volunteer. The application process for this can be quite demanding, but the rewards are plenty.
  • Makingthedifference.org – this site describes public service jobs, duties, and compensation, etc. It has an updated list of federal job openings, and you can also get advice on how to apply for each position.

The USA Jobs website is where you can conduct job searches. However, if you have a specific federal job in mind, it is best to look for information on its website. For example, if you want to be a part of the FBI team, look into the DHS website or if you want to work in the post office, go to USPS Careers.

Getting the Federal Job of Your Dreams

To land a position in any government agency, the first thing to do is to acquaint yourself with it. Each department of the government has its purpose. Look for the one that interests you and matches your skill set and work experience. Utilize the right tools and websites to expedite your search and get useful information. Talk to family and friends who work for the government or expand your network through social media platforms. Update your resume and make sure to use government terminology in highlighting your skills. You can also get assistance from a professional resume writer to help you tailor your federal application.

Applying for Government Jobs Tips

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Applying for Government Jobs Tips

We all want to have a secure and stable source of income, and there’s no better place to look for that than with the government. Lucky for us, employment opportunities exist in all 50 states of the country. So if you’re interested in getting a federal job, now is the best time to look for one.

There are many reasons why you should consider taking a job with the government. Aside from security and stability, the position also offers competitive salaries. Some departments, such as middle-management positions, even pay higher than private companies. You can earn as much as $100,000 or even more.

Here are some tips that can help you land the federal job of your dreams:

  • Get to know the government department that you want to work for. You can get information from the internet or by talking to people who already work there. By conducting thorough research, you can find the agency that perfectly matches your skills, experience, and qualities. For example, you can get a job at the National Parks Service if you have excellent financial skills.
  • Utilize the right resources to get the right information. With the help of technology, you can find a plethora of information on the internet. Visit usajobs.gov to get a complete list of the federal job openings in your area. This website is always an excellent starting point for learning more about federal agencies and the positions that they need to fill. Find websites that contain helpful information including the jobs available, description of the roles and responsibilities, and even the pay. If you find the right websites, you’ll also get helpful tips on how to bag the job that you want.
  • Reformat your resume and other application documents. Take note that the government uses jargons that are different than private sectors. If you want to land a federal job, you have to observe proper terminology. You can also get help from a certified resume writer. He or she can help you analyze the keywords in federal job postings and incorporate them in your professional resume. It will make your application stand out from the hundreds of candidates.
  • Be patient. It is the most important piece of advice that you can get. You have to learn how to wait because it may take months for you to get a job offer. There are hundreds of applicants who want to get a position in the government every day. Agencies also aim to fill in vacancies within 80 days. However, with too many applicants these agencies have a difficult time choosing the best candidate. Be patient, and you will be rewarded.

Applying for a federal job can be arduous at times. You will encounter some pitfalls before you get hired. To avoid dealing with so much stress, you can work with a professional to run down your application documents. You’ll need someone who’s thorough and well-trained to identify which information should be and shouldn’t be on your resume. Plus, a certified career coach can give you objective feedback that can help you better your application forms and ace your interviews.