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Civil service handbook : everything you need to know to get a civil service job
Arco Publishing Company.
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Fourteenth edition.
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Foster City, CA : IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., [1999]

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224 pages : 28 cm
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The new edition of the guide that civil service job-seekers have trusted for four decades provides clear, easy-to-follow explanations of the required application procedures, plus in-depth descriptions of all the most popular jobs. Full explanations of all eligibility requirements, model test questions with answers, and two full-length practice exams are provided.

Table of Contents

Introduction: How This Book Helps You Launch a Career in Civil Servicep. vi
Part 1 The Best Job for You in Government
Deciding If a Government Career Is Right for Youp. 3
The Advantages of Government Workp. 3
The Disadvantages of Government Workp. 7
Comparing Public-and Private-Sector Employmentp. 9
Deciding On the Best Job for Youp. 12
Launching Your Federal Government Job Searchp. 13
General Job Categories and Programs Available at the Federal Levelp. 13
How to Find Federal Jobs That Are Right for Youp. 15
Making Contact: How and Where to Track Down Actual Job Vacanciesp. 17
The Anatomy of a Federal Job Announcement: What to Look For and How to Use Itp. 18
Selected Jobs in Federal Employmentp. 20
Making Your Way Through the Application Mazep. 28
Examinations for Federal Civil Service Jobsp. 29
Putting Together Your Federal Job Applicationp. 31
Giving Yourself the Edge in the Federal Hiring Processp. 31
Federal Application Formsp. 32
Crafting Your Application to Match Career Area and Agency Standardsp. 34
"Before" and "After" Examples of Federal Job Applicationsp. 36
Samples of Completed Application Formsp. 38
How to Give Yourself the Edge Filling Out a Federal Job Applicationp. 71
Part 2 Getting a Job with the U.S. Postal Service
Working for the U.S. Postal Servicep. 75
What Is It Like to Work for the U.S.P.S.?p. 75
The Types of Jobs Available in the Postal Servicep. 78
Finding Out About Postal Service Job Openingsp. 89
Applying for Postal Service Jobsp. 90
The Facts About Postal Service Examinationsp. 91
The Principal Exams Used by the U.S.P.S.p. 91
How the Exams Are Administeredp. 94
How the Postal Service Uses Exam Resultsp. 94
How to Give Yourself the Edge Taking the U.S.P.S. Examp. 95
Part 3 Getting State and Municipal Civil Service Jobs
Finding Jobs with Your State or Municipal Governmentp. 99
The Types of Jobs Available at the State and Local Levelp. 99
Duties of Some Common State and Local Civil Service Job Categoriesp. 100
Salaries for State, County, and City Jobsp. 101
The Qualifications That Will Help You Land a Civil Service Jobp. 102
Finding Out About Job Openingsp. 103
How to Give Yourself the Edge Getting a State or Local Jobp. 105
Sample Civil Service Job Announcements at the State and Local Levelp. 107
State Bank Examiner Trainee, Bank Examinerp. 107
State or Municipal Correction Officerp. 108
State or Municipal Social Workerp. 112
State or Municipal Clerical/Secretarial Positionsp. 113
State Assistant Fire Marshal, Fire Marshal in the Department of Public Welfarep. 115
State or Municipal Computer Specialist (Data Base Administration)p. 116
State or Municipal Public Health Assistantp. 118
State Electrical and Mechanical Engineersp. 119
State or Municipal Exterminatorp. 122
State Laundry Washman and Supervisorp. 124
State or Municipal Consumer Services Specialist Traineep. 125
State or Municipal Bus Maintainerp. 127
State or Municipal Life Actuariesp. 129
Part 4 Examination Preparation
How to Prepare Yourself for Civil Service Examinationsp. 133
Understanding the Exam Announcementp. 133
Some Questions (and Answers!) About the Examp. 134
How to Give Yourself the Edge Taking Civil Service Examinationsp. 136
Preparing for Multiple-Choice Testsp. 137
Reading-Based Questionsp. 138
Judgment Questionsp. 155
Communication Skills Questionsp. 158
Other Test Topicsp. 161
Summaryp. 170
Sample U.S. Postal Service Examination--Exams 470 and 460p. 171
Practice Testp. 172
Correct Answers: Full-Length Practice Examinationp. 195
Evaluate Yourselfp. 201
Evaluate Your Scorep. 202
Biographical/Achievement Inventoryp. 203
Important Civil Service Employment Contactsp. 207
Webliography of Federal Employment Web Sitesp. 213
Federal Occupations That Require Examinationsp. 215
Glossary of Civil Service Hiring Terminologyp. 223