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The book of U.S. Government jobs : where they are, what's available, and how to get one
Damp, Dennis V.
Personal Author:
Seventh edition, completely revised.
Publication Information:
Moon Township, PA : Bookhaven Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
x, 256 pages ; 28 cm
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JK716 .D36 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Career
JK716 .D36 2000 Civil Service and Exam Books Civil Service

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This all new seventh edition offers job seekers all the necessary tools to land a high paying job with Uncle Sam, this country's largest employer. Discover where the jobs are, what jobs are available, and most importantly how to find them. This revised edition includes over 1,000 resources for exploring careers and locating job vacancies nationwide and overseas.Uncle Sam employees over 2,850,000 civilian workers and 56,000 students. The average salary exceeds $45,000 and over 300,000 job vacancies are filled annually at thousands of locations and in hundreds of occupations -- entry level to professional. Few employers can match the wide range of career opportunities that government offers.Today, simplified application forms and resumes are accepted by agencies and most agencies advertise jobs on the internet, fax back services, or take your application by phone. This all new seventh edition shows job seekers how to successfully land the job they want in government.

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Booklist Review

According the author, as the baby boomers in civilian federal positions retire, there will be more than 1.3 million job openings. In addition, there have been many changes in the structure of federal employment, including decentralization away from the Office of Personnel Management. This guide will make the work of applying for government jobs much less arduous. More than a reference book, The Book of U.S. Government Jobs, now in its tenth edition, should be placed in most libraries' circulating collections. The last edition was published in 2005.  The book is divided into 12 chapters and 5 appendixes. Chapters cover general topics such as Understanding the Federal Employment System and Civil Service Exams, as well as special cases such as The U.S. Postal Service and Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities. A new chapter covers  Law Enforcement and Homeland Security Department Careers. Appendixes provide contact information, federal occupational categories, and more. A companion Web site offers updates as well as links to 143 recruitment sites. The Book of U.S. Government Jobs would be a major resource in the career/job search section of public libraries.--Carbone, Jerry Copyright 2008 Booklist

Library Journal Review

An invaluable how-to guide for landing a federal position, this book is updated every two years in order to incorporate the newest procedural details. Former federal-employee hiring specialist Damp (Post Office Jobs) breaks the recruitment process into 12 essential chapters, offering an elemental introduction, application and interview advice, civil service exam samples, and, finally, "Employment Secrets." To speed comprehension, information is often bulleted, and Damp frequently reproduces and explains entire sample resumes and job postings. With its logical arrangement and thorough explanations, this book will prove a vital resource for any federal job seeker. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Chapter 1 Introduction to Government Employmentp. 11
Nature of Federal Employmentp. 14
Working Conditionsp. 17
Employmentp. 18
Occupationsp. 19
Outlookp. 21
Getting Startedp. 22
Pay and Benefitsp. 23
Training and Career Developmentp. 25
Locating a Jobp. 28
Civil Service Examsp. 30
Chapter 2 Understanding The Federal Employment Processp. 31
Competitive Examinationsp. 31
Determining Your Eligibilityp. 32
General and Specialized Experiencep. 32
Written Testsp. 32
Job Seriesp. 33
The Federal Registerp. 33
Case Examining and Direct Hirep. 34
Applying For Federal Jobsp. 35
How Jobs are Filledp. 37
Reinstatementp. 38
Annual Salary Ratesp. 39
Sample Qualification Standardp. 41
Chapter 3 What Jobs Are Availablep. 47
Improving Your Chancesp. 48
Common Job Sourcesp. 49
Job Openingsp. 50
Job Hotlinesp. 51
Internet Web Sitesp. 52
Directoriesp. 55
General Informationp. 57
Federal Personnel Departmentsp. 60
Employment Typesp. 62
Equal Employment Opportunityp. 64
Employment Optionsp. 64
Student Employment Opportunitiesp. 65
The Largest Occupationsp. 68
Engineering Conversionsp. 71
Chapter 4 The Interview Processp. 73
Informational Interviewsp. 73
Employment Interviewingp. 76
Before the Interviewp. 78
During the Interviewp. 80
Illegal Questionsp. 84
After the Interviewp. 85
Chapter 5 Civil Service Examsp. 87
Professional and Administrative Positionsp. 87
Outstanding Scholar Programp. 90
Basic Qualificationsp. 90
Sample Test Questions (Administrative)p. 91
Clerical Testsp. 97
Chapter 6 Completing Your Employment Applicationp. 105
Required Informationp. 106
Job Informationp. 106
Personal Informationp. 106
Educationp. 107
Work Experience and Other Qualificationsp. 108
Agency Formsp. 109
Optional Job Application Methodsp. 110
Computer Generated Applicationsp. 110
Instructions For OF-612p. 111
Job Announcementp. 114
Applicant Check Listp. 116
Sample Management Analyst Announcementp. 117
Sample OF-612 Applicationp. 125
Resumixp. 133
KSAOs Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Factorsp. 137
Selective Factorsp. 138
Instructions for Addressing KSAOsp. 139
Sample KSAOsp. 141
KSAO Checklistp. 146
Chapter 7 Veterans and Military Dependent Hiringp. 147
Veterans Preferencep. 148
Veterans Employment Opportunities Actp. 150
Veterans Readjustment Appointments (VRAs)p. 152
Excepted Appointments Under Schedule Bp. 155
Military Dependent Hiring Programsp. 156
Military Spouse Preference Programp. 157
Family Member Preferencep. 158
Chapter 8 Overseas Employment Opportunitiesp. 161
Conditions of Employmentp. 162
Physical Examinations and Other Requirementsp. 162
Applying for an Overseas Jobp. 164
Overseas Federal Job Sourcesp. 165
Job Openingsp. 165
Periodicals with Job Adsp. 165
Job Hotlinesp. 166
Internet Web sitesp. 167
Hiring Agency Directoryp. 168
Chapter 9 The U.S. Postal Servicep. 175
Employee Classificationsp. 175
Qualification Requirementsp. 176
Entrance Examsp. 177
Application Proceduresp. 178
Postal Clerks and Mail Carriersp. 179
Nature of the Workp. 179
Working Conditionsp. 181
Employment/Training/Other Qualificationsp. 182
Job Outlook/Earningsp. 183
Chapter 10 Employment Opportunities For People With Disabilitiesp. 187
Hiring Optionsp. 188
People with Severe Physical Disabilitiesp. 189
People with Mental Retardationp. 190
People with Psychiatric Disabilitiesp. 190
Temporary Limited Appointmentsp. 191
Special Accommodationsp. 194
Appointment Criteriap. 194
Common Job Sourcesp. 195
Associations and Organizationsp. 200
Chapter 11 Law Enforcement Jobsp. 203
Working Conditionsp. 205
Employmentp. 206
Training and Qualificationsp. 208
Job Outlookp. 210
Earningsp. 211
Informational Resourcesp. 211
Qualification Standards for largest occupationsp. 213
Security Screening Positionsp. 220
Chapter 12 Employment Secretsp. 223
Apply Earlyp. 223
Apply Frequentlyp. 224
Locate All Job vacanciesp. 225
Training and Experiencep. 226
Keys to Successp. 227
Appendix A Job Hunters Checklistp. 229
Appendix B Federal Job Information Center Listingp. 233
Appendix C Agency Summary/Contact Listp. 239
Appendix D Federal Occupation Listsp. 259
Appendix E Skills Indexp. 275
Indexp. 283
Career Resource Catalogp. 287