The Partnership for Public Service recently released a brief analyzing the federal government’s 2012 hiring class. Due to sequestration, federal hiring was down in 2012, and many vacant positions were not backfilled. Here are some characteristics of new federal hires in 2012:
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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.
The Career Center understands that the uncertainty caused by sequestration will have an effect on our students and alumni who are currently searching for jobs and internships. We are planning a series of workshops to discuss the possible impact of sequestration on the job and internship search and offer ideas to address this challenge. In the meantime, here are some resources to find jobs and internships outside of the federal government:
One of the best ways to get noticed by a hiring official is to tailor your application with keywords from the job announcement you’re applying to. Using these terms in your resume and cover letter can show that you’ve closely read the announcement and have the necessary experience and skills to do the job well.
Using keywords in a resume is a particularly smart approach when you’re applying to government positions. When faced with (sometimes) hundreds of applications, hiring officials will gravitate toward applicants who clearly possess the skills needed to succeed.
With legislative change comes opportunity, including new jobs. Where will they be and how can you look? Here are a few helpful hints for what may come from “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
The New York Times reported the bill to be a “boon” for hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, as more consumers are able to access health care. But of course, that doesn’t means just doctors and chemists. That means more accounting, more development, more public relations, more translators, more trainers, more compliance monitors, more of any role that those industries have, and probably some new ones. Insurance companies will be busy, too, as will medical supply distributors.
In terms of new federal agency opportunities, you’ll certainly have Health and Human Services. This legislation also establishes a new Community Health Center (CHC) Fund within HHS, which provides additional Federal funds for the community health center program meaning local opportunities, as well.
But to really be on top of it, Derrick Dortch shared in a recent Washington Post online chat that you should go through the bill and see which agencies have been given new tasks. Through the Thomas web site, you can search on the bill’s exact name, and read through “what agencies are being placed in charged to do certain specific tasks. You may find that there may be something in the legislation that discusses creating a new agency.” You can also check the Federal Register for the latest agency news and possible hiring.
As always, don’t pay for it if you can get it for free! Our career advisors are ready and able to help you with everything from strategizing your search to polishing that cover letter. Don’t forget what’s coming up this week, with the Job Search Crash Course Tuesday at 5 pm in MGC 5, The Resume Station from noon to 2 and 5 to 7 on Wednesday in the Tavern, and of course the Job and Internship Fair on Thursday from 1 – 4 in Bender Arena.
I am always amazed at the plethora of possibilities in the federal government for people of any ilk and interest. For whatever reason, I grew up thinking that if you had a government job, you were just a paper pusher, mediocre at best. But then I moved to Washington, DC, and met amazingly talented, dedicated, and passionate people working for . . . the government! Maybe you’ve never thought about a government job, or maybe you grew up biased, too, afraid of what you THOUGHT government service meant. Listen to what Chris Hughes has to say about four of the most common myths.
Find out more! The AU Career Center’s Federal Careers Week starts this Monday! Click here for more information.