How To Boost Your Quest For Government Jobs
Updated : August 20th, 2015
Working for the Government has been a dream for millions and will continue to dominate the list of “Favorite places to Work” in years to come. It not only provides us job security and access to a plethora of benefits, a job in a federal agency/department also extends an opportunity to serve the nation with a sense of pride.
Hundreds of State/Federal departments employ thousands of people on their rolls in all 50 states and a considerable number of them exist in representative offices of the US government in foreign countries. You may be surprised to know that 84% of federal jobs are located outside the national capital, Washington, D.C and about a quarter of 2.3 million strong federal workforce are eligible for retirement(Source: Office of Personnel Management). This sort of figures is motivating enough for job aspirants to revv up their dream of landing an offer in a cherished agency/department.
However, unlike their private counterparts, government jobs are not easy to apply for, owing to a sophisticated framework, limited availability and competition. If you’re passionate about serving the nation, right strategies can help you navigate your dream. Here are some tips to help you boost your quest for jobs with federal and state agencies.
Learn More About This Gigantic Entity
There are hundreds of departments/agencies that work in tandem to fulfill various goals in running the country. As a first step towards realising your dream, understand the structure and its components and choose a few sectors which interests you. For example, a certified lab technician can look up to FDA(Federal Drug Administration) for suitable jobs.
Revist Your Resume
You Resume is likely to be following the conventional format based on general principles. The look and feel of the your bio will be bent towards meeting the norms of private sector/Non profit organisations. There is a sea of difference in the ways government sectors operate. The terms, descriptions, job profiles speak the federal language.
Therefore, your first move should be research on the format and redesigning the Resume to make it vetted for federal/state jobs. It would be much more easy for recruiters in the govt. sector to understand your Bio if it communicates to them. Look up for resources and guides on the internet in this regard.
Search For Openings on Appropriate Websites
Offline job searches and posting job applications are losing their sheen. This holds good for job openings with federal/state agencies as well. Look up for jobs on official departmental sites under the “Careers” section or check for openings on neutral websites such as USAjobs.gov. You’ll be surprised to learn about the opportunities available for aspirants with various qualifications.
Note the job profile, understand the timelines, ascertain if you stand a chance and follow the channel to apply for the job opening. You must also follow up with the originators as per timelines for updates.
Replenish Your Network
One of the foremost catalysts that aids job search. Connect with your friends, family members, former colleagues who may have contacts in government sectors and who may be able to guide you in this regard. Folks will also help you in getting linked up with people working with the government.
Who knows? Your next job referral to an opening in a govt. agency may comes through a member in the network.
If you’re aspiring to find a government job and not employed at present, you can claim unemployment insurance in your state. This insurance program jointly administered by federal – state agencies, provides weekly monetary compensation for citizens who lost their job due to involuntary reasons such as layoffs.