|Landing a U.S. Government Job|
About Government Jobs
Landing government jobs still differs somewhat from the traditional job search. But at least it's not as complicated as it used to be. There was a time when, regardless of the government jobs for which you were applying, you had to complete standard application forms and pass written tests. Now, only a few positions require you to take tests and in many cases, you have a choice of submitting your resume or the Optional Application for Federal Employment (Form OF-612). Many Federal agencies now fill their jobs much like employers in the private sector, by allowing you to contact the hiring agency directly.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has further simplified the process with their Federal Employment Information System. Everyday, it has roughly 12,000 Federal, state, city and civil service government job opportunities worldwide, and even includes private-sector and military-civilian opportunities. This centralized, automated, government job system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from just about anywhere in the world.
As with any job search, you must first find openings for which you qualify, then follow the instructions to apply. The OPM typically accepts resumes or applications only for specific job openings. In other words, you can't just apply for any government job opening.
Although the OPM has made the process easier than before, the application instructions can be a tad complicated, thanks to the government's fondness of red tape and official jargon. Additionally, you may have to tailor your resume to each government job opening and supplement it with a fact sheet. Do follow the instructions to the letter.
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