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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If you’ve given some thought to working for the federal government but can’t imagine what it would be like on a day-to-day basis, a new video series might help to take away some of the mystery. The Partnership for Public Service’s “A Day in the Life” videos highlight the work of three young, dynamic feds:
- Adam Jones, General Services Administration
- Allison Landsman, Environmental Protection Agency
- Celia Rivas-Mendive, Congressional Research Service
After watching these videos, spend some time on the Making the Difference site for more information about how to find and apply for jobs in federal agencies.
If you’ve ever read a job announcement on USAJobs and wondered what “GS” means, you’re not alone.
With internship deadlines approaching and seniors starting to look for full-time jobs, we’ve been asked to explain the federal pay system on a regular basis. For a full explanation of the General Schedule (GS, the pay system used by most federal agencies), visit the Partnership for Public Service’s “Federal Pay” page on its Making the Difference website.
On Tuesday, October 26, the Career Center hosted a panel on student internships in the federal government. This panel — part of Federal Careers Week — featured AU alums from the Government Accountability Office and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as a representative of the Bureau of Land Management.
The federal resume is a key component of your government job application, and yet many people don’t know how to properly build one. In this post we’ll talk about how the federal resume is different from a traditional resume and how you can use USAJobs to build a resume that will catch the eye of federal agencies.
Are you a current student looking for some work experience in the federal government? If so, the information in this post could save you a lot of time when searching for a federal internship.
It’s now common knowledge that AU students are the most politically active in the United States. Even still, it’s easy to forget the organizing structure of the federal government and how you might learn more about the agencies under it.
With Federal Careers Week starting next Monday, it’s time to brush up on your knowledge of federal jobs and internships.
Visit this blog often for information on:
- The basics of the federal government
- Using USAJobs to find and apply for jobs (and some internships)
- Going beyond USAJobs to find even more internships
- Writing a successful federal resume
- Reading a federal job announcement
- Understanding federal pay schedules
Questions? Suggestions for other topics? Leave a comment.
One of the biggest questions on the minds of students seeking federal careers is how the skills they’ve developed at AU will help them in the workplace. You might be surprised to learn that the skills you use every day will serve as the foundation for a successful federal career. (More …)
Register Now for the Partnership for Public Service’s eighth annual Public Service Career and Internship Fair, July 14 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. It’s huge, and it’s FREE.
Representatives from more than 75 federal agencies will be recruiting for a variety of internships and entry-level jobs including special agents, engineers, program analysts, financial specialists, environmental scientists, IT specialists, economists, and contract specialists. Check out the Partnership’s Web site to view a list of participating agencies, and learn more about the event!