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The Best And Worst Agencies To Start A Federal Career

The Best And Worst Agencies To Start A Federal Career

By Deanna Glick, AOL Government Apparently, twenty-somethings who work for the VA love their jobs. This is among the insights in a new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte based on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) 2010 employee survey. Read More »

Government Job Site Gets Sweeping Overhaul

Government Job Site Gets Sweeping Overhaul

The federal government's centralized job site, USAJobs.gov, is in the final stages of a sweeping overhaul that will reduce a chronic complaint by applicants--the need to re-enter profile data--and give federal manages a better picture of potential candidates. Read More »

Computer Hackers Wanted By Government -- To Hire!

Computer Hackers Wanted By Government -- To Hire!

By Tabassum Zakaria (Reuters) - The National Security Agency has a challenge for hackers who think they're hot stuff: prove it by working on the "hardest problems on Earth." Computer hacker skills are in great demand in the U.S. government to fight the cyber wars that pose a growing national security... Read More »

Many Federal Jobs Come With a Lifetime Guarantee -- Now That's Job Security

Many Federal Jobs Come With a Lifetime Guarantee -- Now That's Job Security

It's not so long ago that many employers offered workers jobs for life, be it IBM, General Motors or General Electric. Today, however, workers are lucky to log more than a few years at a job before moving on -- unless, it seems, they work for the federal government. Those employed by Uncle Sam have such... Read More »

Five Good Reasons to Apply for a Government Job Today

Five Good Reasons to Apply for a Government Job Today

The federal hiring process has changed -- for the better! The written Knowledge, Skills and Abilities narratives are 95 percent gone, so applying means posting a USAJOBS resume and completing a multiple-choice questionnaire. The application process is still complicated, but if you can play poker, golf,... Read More »

Why This Financial Crisis Is Particularly Cruel to Blacks

Why This Financial Crisis Is Particularly Cruel to Blacks

Downturns never hit equally. The chase for that job you've dreamed about since youth can have a way of turning into a quest for the spot that's most "recession-proof." Traditionally, a position with the government has always been seen as an investment in security, if not in stock options. But among the most... Read More »

Anger Brews Over Government Workers' Benefits

Anger Brews Over Government Workers' Benefits

By Geoff Mulvhill When Erin McFarlane looks at public workers, she sees lucrative pension benefits she doesn't ever expect to get. And it makes her mad. "I don't think that a federal employee or government employee is worth any more than anybody else who does their job and does it well," said the Slinger,... Read More »

Eight Myths About the USAJobs Federal Job Posting Process

Eight Myths About the USAJobs Federal Job Posting Process

Are you considering applying for a federal job but not totally confident about using the USAJOBS automated application system? Kathy Troutman, a leading federal jobs expert, spoke to AOL Jobs to debunk the myths about the process so you can get started applying for federal jobs right away. Read More »

How to Write a Resume for a Federal Job

How to Write a Resume for a Federal Job

Are you thinking of applying for a job with the federal government? The strategies for writing a powerful resume are different from those recommended for the private sector. AOL Jobs spoke to Kathryn Troutman, a leading federal resume expert, to learn more about how to write a top-notch resume for the federal... Read More »

Six Top Industries Hiring in 2011

Six Top Industries Hiring in 2011

By Carol Tice Which industries will be the hottest in 2011? Though the economy is still sleepy, some industries are moving again, while others struggle. To find out where there's high job demand, we talked to two employment experts: Career expert Robin Ryan, author of '60 Seconds and You're Hired,' and... Read More »

Obama Administration Freezes Federal Pay -- Economic Hit to D.C.

Obama Administration Freezes Federal Pay -- Economic Hit to D.C.

The Obama Administration announced a proposed two-year pay freeze for all federal workers in civilian jobs, reports Emily Long at GovExec.com. This could quiet some of the growing outrage over the reality that the average wage for the 1.95 million civilian workers is $81,258 versus $50,462 for the 101 million... Read More »

What It's Like to Work for the State Department: An Inside Look

What It's Like to Work for the State Department: An Inside Look

Director, writer and executive producer Steve Hoggard has traveled the world making more than 90 nonfiction films and series on subjects on topics like crime, history, archeology, and current events. Even so, he told AOL Jobs that he's probably never been more amazed than when he and his crew traveled with... Read More »

Eight Federal Government Job Myths Debunked

Eight Federal Government Job Myths Debunked

Want a job with the federal government but think the odds are against you? Not necessarily. According to Kathy Troutman, owner of The Resume Place, a federal resume writing and federal career consulting firm, and author of 'Ten Steps to a Federal Job: How to Land a Job in the Obama Administration, 2nd... Read More »

Federal Employees Earning $150,000 Surged Tenfold Over Five Years

Federal Employees Earning $150,000 Surged Tenfold Over Five Years

Being a federal employee has not just become a port in the unemployment storm. It can be lucrative. Over the past five years federal employees making $150,000 or more constitute 3.9 pecent of the work force, reports USA Today. There's more. President Barack Obama is planning to give a pay raise of about 1.4... Read More »

New Job Market Hot Spot: U.S. House of Representatives

New Job Market Hot Spot: U.S. House of Representatives

The hot spot in the job market is the U.S. House of Representatives. As the Democrats exit, staff members are needed for the incoming GOP representatives, reports Portfolio. Capitol Hill experience is probably the most marketable entity, next to having a great track record in sales. That's because you learn how... Read More »

How to Land a Government Job

How to Land a Government Job

Considering applying for a government job? The application process differs from the private sector and applicants need to study up before embarking on a federal job search. AOL recently spoke to Kathy Troutman -- author of 'Ten Steps to a Federal Job' and 'Federal Resume Guidebook,' and president of The Resume... Read More »

In-Demand Jobs With the Federal Government

In-Demand Jobs With the Federal Government

By Carol Tice State and local governments may be trimming their staffs, but the federal government has out its "now hiring" sign. Washington needs to hire 270,000 workers in the next two years, the Partnership for Public Service reports. One reason for the hiring boom: The government is confronting a... Read More »

How Much Do Federal Politicians and Cabinet Members Get Paid?

How Much Do Federal Politicians and Cabinet Members Get Paid?

Most people don't earn six figures every year, but they sure would like to. By comparison, members of Congress, in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, make at least $174,000 a year. And, other federal politicians and presidential Cabinet members earn even more. Are these politicos worthy of... Read More »

Washington D.C. Number One in Job Growth

Washington D.C. Number One in Job Growth

Washington D.C. has dodged most of the economic bullets which hit other cities. Washington D.C. added 41,800 jobs this past year, found Delta Associates. Those jobs are good ones reports Patrice Hill in The Washington Times. Compensation plus benefits averages about $123,049, double that in the private sector.... Read More »

Top 10 Places to Work in the Federal Government

Top 10 Places to Work in the Federal Government

The Partnership for Public Service and American University's Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation recently released their 5th annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings. 263,000 employees across 290 federal organizations were surveyed to determine employee satisfaction and... Read More »

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