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Title: GOVERNMENT CAREERS:


1
The Boston College Career Center Presents
GOVERNMENT CAREERS Top Ten Tips for Finding and
Applying to your Federal Dream Job or Internship
2
INTRODUCTION
  • The federal government is an excellent employer
  • The process is different from other job searches
  • Here are tips to help you

3
AREAS COVERED
  • Best Resources
  • Find the Agency
  • Find the Job
  • Find the Internship
  • The Application Resume, KSAs, Contact
  • Clearance

4
BEST RESOURCES
  • Making the Difference comprehensive
    user-friendly site on federal work
    http//makingthedifference.org/index.shtml
  • Gateway to the U.S. government
    http//www.usa.gov/ (see Agency A to Z index)
  • Federal job listing site http//www.usajobs.gov/
  • Federal jobs for students http//www.studentjobs
    .gov/

5
FIND THE JOB
  • TIP 1 There are more than 160 federal agencies
    under the Executive Branch. USAjobs.gov and
    Studentjobs.gov are large databases. Navigate
    with search/sort functions tailored to your
    skills and interests. Heres how
  • Resources
  • www.usa.gov
  • http//www.usajobs.gov/EI23.asp
  • http//www.makingthedifference.org/federalinternsh
    ips/
  • http//www.studentjobs.gov/e-scholar.asp

6
FIND THE INTERNSHIP
  • TIP 2 There are several different kinds of
    internships.
  • STEP (Student Training and Employment Program)
    Any student, especially 1st years and sophomores,
    any field short term paid internship.
  • SCEP (Student Career Experience Program)
    Primarily juniors, seniors, and graduate
    students must be related to academic studies
    most are paid after completing 640 hours of
    successful work, you may be appointed to a
    permanent position without going through the
    traditional hiring process.
  • FCIP (Federal Career Intern Program) Not really
    an internship 2-year, entry level full time
    professional development position.
  • PMF (Presidential Management Fellows Program)
    For students in final year of graduate study -
    apply in early fall with your schools
    nomination highly prestigious 2-year position
    with rotational assignments.

7
THE APPLICATION
  • RESUME
  • Federal resumes do not have the same structure as
    resumes used in other marketplaces.
  • TIP 3 Understand the resume template prior to
    applying.
  • TIP 4 The first application screening step is
    often electronic. USE KEYWORDS adapted from the
    job/internship description. No one will see that
    great resume if it gets stopped at the first
    screen!
  • Resources
  • http//www.makingthedifference.org/federaljobs/usa
    jobsresume.shtml
  • http//www.usajobs.gov/infocenter/

8
THE APPLICATION
  • KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)
  • Most postings list a set of position-relevant
    KSAs. Applicants create essays describing how
    they meet these job requirements.
  • TIP 5 KSAs are critical. Use the recommended
    CCAR (Context, Challenges, Action, Result) format
    to compose them.
  • TIP 6 Be specific, use relevant examples,
    write in clear language, include KEYWORDS in your
    text.
  • Resources
  • http//www.makingthedifference.org/federaljobs/ksa
    .shtml
  • http//www.makingthedifference.org/federaljobs/ksa
    writing.shtml
  • http//www.usajobs.gov/infocenter/

9
THE APPLICATION
  • CONTACT
  • You actually can follow up! Wait 10-15 working
    days, then call or write. Show patience,
    enthusiasm, professionalism do not stalk the
    contact.
  • TIP 7 Contact information a persons name
    and phone number is often found at the bottom
    of the job listing. A processing center makes
    follow-up more difficult but not impossible.
  • Tip 8 By law all federal jobs must be publicly
    posted. Short posting periods could (but not
    always) indicate a strong internal candidate.
    Longer postings could mean budgetary continuance
    or a call for a large cadre of new hires over
    time.

10
CLEARANCE
  • Most government job offers are not final until
    the candidate has passed a thorough clearance
    or background check process.
  • Tip 9 The clearance process can last a few
    weeks or several months, depending on the
    position. Have patience, be truthful.
  • Tip 10 Many federal positions have strict
    clearance requirements drug use, criminal
    activity, or other infractions can be grounds for
    automatic disqualification. THIS IS A SERIOUS
    MATTER. Failing a clearance once makes it
    extremely unlikely to pass at a later date.
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