Get ready because many career-status employees will be retiring from the federal government in the next few years. This means there may be a great opportunity to begin your career within this line of work. If you are considering a career in the federal arena, there are a few things you should know:
Different application process: It could take months to go through the entire process and ultimately get hired. This is because your application may have to pass through a few different stages before it makes it to the hiring manager. My advice: It is best to apply for federal employment when you already have a position as you never know how long it may take.
Highly mission-oriented: What do you believe in? Be aware that federal employment is strongly tied to agency mission. Therefore, if seeking federal employment, the first step should be to identify the agency’s mission and see how it aligns with what you want to support.
Job experience is king: Education is always great, but experience is even better. When hiring for federal positions, managers like to see that you have already performed the type of work in question. Does this mean that someone who does not have the experience will not be hired? Not necessarily. A recent graduate with little to no work experience may find their entry to federal work by applying for an internship program (Pathways). This will give you the experience you need to be competitive when applying for a federal job.
Details, details, details: A federal resume should be longer than 2 pages, which is the length of a traditional resume. It must also be very detailed, requiring names and contact information for supervisors, exact dates of training, education, awards, and many other items. My advice? I suggest gathering all of your personal documents first.
Federal employment can be a wonderful career for those who are interested in serving the people of the U.S. Have patience, do your research, and put your portfolio in place before you begin to save time.
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