Sequestration Watch: Updates on Federal Hiring

With federal agencies still facing the effects of sequestration, there have been many questions about the availability of jobs and internships in the federal government. In a recent interview with Federal News Radio, federal hiring expert Lily Whiteman notes that while a lot of agencies have cut back on hiring, not all have done so, and it’s important to continually check USAJobs for an updated list of vacancies. Whiteman also confirmed that Pathways and other internships are a great way to enter federal service; students and alumni who qualify for the Internship Program and Recent Graduates Program should seek these opportunities in agencies of interest.

It is especially important during these times to have strong application materials for federal jobs and internships. Take the extra time to develop a solid federal resume and carefully respond to application questionnaires to ensure that you have the best possible chance of being offered an interview.

For students and alumni searching for federal jobs and internships, we strongly suggest that you set up and monitor alerts on USAJobs to stay on top of vacancies and general hiring needs of agencies. If you’re interested in additional updates on furloughs by agency, visit Government Executive’s helpful furlough tracking site.