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Posted August 05, 2014 by

Under 30 and Want an Entry Level Job in the Federal Government? You Are Wanted

If you are under the age of 30 and looking for an entry level job in the federal government, chances are employers want you.  Learn more in the following post.

When you think of where you’d love to get a job, does the federal government spring to mind? If you’re a Millennial, probably not. A recent Wall Street Journal article reports that the percentage of government employees under the age of 30 hit an eight-year low in 2013: a paltry 8 percent. That’s right: young people aren’t going to

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Posted September 05, 2013 by

Getting a government job: Is it worth it?

Bureaucrat or government official holding a file

Bureaucrat or government official holding a file. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Getting a government job is not the easiest of task. With so much of competition and limited vacancies, everyone is looking eye to eye to get that much coveted government job. But is it totally worth the efforts? Let us examine.

Many of us have aspired to become a government officer while growing up. Although not the most glamorous of jobs, these are certainly the most sought after. Students spend years of their life, even after graduating, preparing for the various public sector exams. Some are so obsessed with these jobs that they do not give up until either they succeed or exhaust all of their attempts.  But is this obsession justified or is it just a false sense of pride that makes people blind to other equally bright career opportunities in favour of government sector employment options? To know this we must understand the benefits that a public sector job provides and compare that with the various shortcomings associated with such jobs. (more…)

Posted December 11, 2012 by

Applying for $100K Government Jobs? ECQs Are Key

CollegeRecruiter.comIf you’re thinking about applying for a $100,000 government job, understanding executive core qualifications, or ECQs, may benefit your search.  Learn more about these qualifications in the following post.

In the past 10+ years it did not matter what administration took and held political office because the government at the federal level at least just keeps growing. Government jobs, benefits, income and lifestyle under federal employment keeps getting bigger.

Regardless of where you stand politically, the government needs to transform and cutbacks will take place. Part of the “transformation” is supposed to occur through the hiring of “transformational leaders” in the government’s Senior Executive Service (SES). If the world of work in the federal government changes in 2013 it may not change as much as politicians of any stripe suggest or intend.

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Posted February 25, 2009 by

How to Apply for Government Jobs

There are literally, millions and millions of government jobs out there and there is actually a specific process you need to complete in order to apply for such a job. The benefits, health, dental, paid vacation and holidays are outstanding and they are all provided through taxpayer’s money.
There are resources available online that make looking for a government job easier than hoofing around town looking door to door. Here are the steps you need to know:
1) Current Openings: You will need to look at the current openings in your area first and any job search site can help you with that. is the best place to search for a government job. From this you can decide which jobs are of interest to you.
2) Application: You can fill out an Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF612). This is a downloadable file in Microsoft Word (.doc) format. Once you fill it out you can print it. Optionally, you can write a federal resume. These resumes require more information than private sector resumes and are formatted a bit differently. Get more information at
3) Information: You will need to provide certain information as well:
a. Full name
b. Mailing address
c. Phone numbers, day, night, mobile
d. Social Security Number
e. Country Of Citizenship
f. Highest Federal Civilian Grade, if any
g. Education – school name, address, degrees, majors
h. Work Experience – fully detailed information
i. Other qualifications – job related training, skills, certificates, leadership, honors, awards, etc. etc.
4) Civil Service Exam: There are a number of civil service exams possible and each department has its own tests and how to administer them. There are written tests, essay tests, in-basket tests, assessment centers, performance tests, physical abilities tests, psychological tests and of course an interview. Not all of these tests are needed for each posting; this was just a list of what types of tests there are for various government positions. There are online resources for information on the individual tests.
a. These tests are scheduled to happen at certain times and you will be assigned a date and time to appear for your testing.
b. In order to be considered and possibly hired for a position, you must pass any and all tests given to you. If you are not hired during the valid date for the test results, you will need to re-take the tests at another time.
5) Interview(s): That’s right, there will probably be more than one interview and just like the Civil Service Tests, you must do well on all subsequent interviews to receive a job offer.
Just because you do well on everything, does not mean you will get the job for which you apply. As with any other employment offer, there are other people vying for the same job as you. Being that this is a government posting, the number or people applying is probably even greater than in the private sector. Be sure to really study up on the specifics of what will be expected of you throughout the screening process.
Lastly, depending on the position, some agencies may want you to undergo a physical examination, drug screening or a probation period before hiring and these periods can last anywhere from 6 months to a year. That’s it; now you know how to apply for government jobs.
Jason Kay is a professional writer offering advice in a number of areas including government resume writing and KSA writing. He suggests you consult resume service reviews before choosing a resume writing service.You can learn more useful tips at his resume writing blog.