GETTING INTOGovernmentA Guide for High Achievers
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INTRODUCTION /OVERVIEWM    e and all my friends     We’re all misunderstoodThey say we stand for nothing and              ...
Paul Binkley, Strategic Planning, Education, and Human Capital Consultant     Charles DeLuca,     Donna Dyer,     Tamara G...
1.   DISCOVER:2.   DECIPHER:3.   DELIVER:            Stop trying to beat the system from a distance.                 Stop ...
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Not all federal jobs are on USAJOBS!                           , but that is not true. Numerous                           ...
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Getting Into Government: A Guide for High Achievers

  1. 1. GETTING INTOGovernmentA Guide for High Achievers
  2. 2. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 1. This guide was made possible through funding from the Robertson Foundation for Government, motivating top U.S. graduate students to pursue federal government and foreign affairs. Robertson partnered in the preparation of this guide with GovLoop, the lead- - -1. Getting into Government
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION /OVERVIEWM e and all my friends We’re all misunderstoodThey say we stand for nothing and S o we keep waiting Waiting on the world to change We keep on waitingThere’s no way we ever could Waiting on the world to changeN ow we see ever ything that’s going wrong With the world and those who lead itWe just feel like we don’t have the means I t’s hard to beat the system When we’re standing at a distance So we keep waitingTo rise above and beat it Waiting on the world to change - John Mayer, “Waiting on the World to Change” -after all, isn’t there a hiring freeze?” 2.
  4. 4. Paul Binkley, Strategic Planning, Education, and Human Capital Consultant Charles DeLuca, Donna Dyer, Tamara Golden, Chris Grant, Toni Harris, Bryan Kempton, Heather Krasna, Paul C. Light, Joel McFarland, Camille Roberts, Michael Schneider, Doris Tirone, Kathryn Troutman, Yulia Vershinina, Lily Whiteman,3. Getting into Government
  5. 5. 1. DISCOVER:2. DECIPHER:3. DELIVER: Stop trying to beat the system from a distance. Stop waiting for the world to change. Break in and start working from the inside out. It begins right here, right now...and we’re here to help. 4.
  6. 6. CONTENTS Discover: How Do I Find Government Career Oppor tunities? 10 USAJobs.gov 19 22 24 26 26 Presidential Management Fellows Program 28 Internship Programs 30 31 Fellowship Programs 34 34 Veterans Preference 35 35 Minorities Decipher: How Do I Understand the Government Hiring Process? 38 Job Title 40 40 Open Period 41 42 Position Information5. 42 Getting into Government Promotion
  7. 7. 4344444446515354Deliver: How Do I Cut Through the Crowded Field of Candidates?585963636465 How Do I Shine in the Interview?666769717374 Mentors Programs75 Social Media7981 Informational Interviews838586 6.
  8. 8. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 7. Discover7. Getting into Government
  9. 9. HOW DO I FIND GOVERNMENTCAREER OPPORTUNITIES? -Fe der a l S tat e Local 8.
  10. 10. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 9. - - a few tips we’ve learned based on interviews with experts and our own - - - - - willing to wait for Washington - states. This often allows them look at individual government websites. For these positions, while those or state’s website - to get the best information. Yulia Vershinina Let’s go.9. Getting into Government
  11. 11. USAJOBS.gov -Use Advanced Search to Refine Your List of Opportunities -1. Sign in if you have an account or create a new account.2. Go to USAJOBS.gov and ignore the main search. Clickdirectly on Advanced Search. 10.
  12. 12. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 11. 3. Fill out as many of the parameters as you can. KeywordsFill out this page on as completely as possible Title Search - - - - - The reason for that is because there are so many jobs in the fed- - eral government with overlapping responsibilities for which individuals possess job title, they are taking out a lot of job opportunities that they might otherwise “Students seem to shoot for program analyst role, but those posi- I meet with students, we analyze the skills and see where a Donna Dyer, students skills set and applying for this type of position may increase your Public Policy11. Getting into Government
  13. 13. -tions open. -Series Number sample week based on an ex- -an entire handbook to explain it 212 202 Generalist 130 117 73 51 16 Auditing 14 - - ity in each job series code, whether they have the requisite skills,also worthwhile to try to get some idea of the scope for promotion and mo- Steve Ressler,Pay Grade or Salary Range Founder, For more information, see Steve’s full post entitled, “ Federal Careertables for starters -ditional 12.
  14. 14. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 13. - - -Find out additional details about your take home pay and other valuable information with the Location Search - -13. Getting into Government
  15. 15. liketo use that tool. -minutes on a train. FederalAgency Search - a forum for senior leaders - in the larg- - that 1.92 million 766,000 317,000 Department of Department of Defense . 14.
  16. 16. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 15. - . -formation on using the Ad-a that - employment opportunities within the most well-known or ob- - sources for navigating the entirety of the federal government is the Wash- - Occupational Series - Exclude Postings for Jobs Open Longer Than 30 Days Postings for Jobs Open Less - - -15. Getting into Government
  17. 17. Create a Saved Search and Set It Up to Send New Postings - - 16.
  18. 18. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 17. - in government, set up one Saved Search just on a few criteria, would have thought to apply for because they were using too many criteria, your name in the email such as and it will save you hours and hours of pouring over job announcements - ting familiar with job announcements, set up 5 Saved Searches and spread17. Getting into Government
  19. 19. Not all federal jobs are on USAJOBS! , but that is not true. Numerous - - - - -here 18.
  20. 20. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 19. Jobs.GovLoop.com Jobs. We’ve built it on top of mashed up with Linkedin, GlassDoor, and Gov- and Hipmunk provide new - delivers the bestfederal job opportunities by topic and - ality and awesome data mashups grade AND promotion potential that location how many days the job is open multiple vacancies salary. U.S. Citizens or Status Candidates19. Getting into Government
  21. 21. integrated with LinkedIn tied to Glassdoor linked to other related job openings - - - - ,GovLoop Founder Steve Ressler penned a blog post titledAbout Federal Job Openings” 60% 17% - - arounds. 61% and lower level grade openings. 21% 20.
  22. 22. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 21. - - Best Places to Work Tip - - teamwork, and21. Getting into Government
  23. 23. International Jobs: . International Trade Administration - National Guard - Organization of the Department of Defense Overseas Private InvestmentUS Department of Transportation has an Aviation and International State State Radio Free Asia Radio Free EuropeAviation and International Affairs, U.S.Department of Transportation State Department Global Affairs, State DepartmentU.S. Department of Labor U.S. Trade Representative International Affairs, Department of Department of InteriorFreedom White House 22.
  24. 24. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 23.USAJOBS Tip passions and skills. also a ,a , and - even a ? - gest above. - - more about how the op- - tions is in the US, go ahead lead to a transfer down the road.International Relations and -23. Getting into Government
  25. 25. Intelligence Jobs: The U.s. IntelligenceSneak Into Government Community - - “Intelligence series aren’t necessarily easier to get, but since many intelligence roles require more unique and specific skills sets, your chances are higher of getting a position if Department of Homeland Department of State - Administration - Investigation - National Geospatial-Intelli- - 24.
  26. 26. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 25.Where can I learn aboutthe different Federalagencies? for more details. - Oh, and one other quick word on security clearance jobs: you might be wondering if they pay more. Here’s a snippet taken from the : $90,865 $76,152 $14,713 + = - - or fan, this might be25. Getting into Government
  27. 27. Special Hiring Programs So what is Pathways? - - internships for studentsProgram. - ates, and provide meaningful - opment opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal - tern solidify their decision to work in public service as well as provide a paid educational opportunity to work in theirchosen field side by side with people performing the work they are -Presidential Management Fellows Program -eral government’s premier leadership development program for - - that was designed to is your one-stop re- source to tips and information on the 26.
  28. 28. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 27. ts en m st s i nt ali po Fin Ap - - -PMF Selections 2007-2011 - 218 74 9,077 628 Graduate Degree Applicants Finalists schools Disciplines same time, the number of available positions does not seem to bestats, we found this infor- - - - -27. Getting into Government
  29. 29. - PMF Application - Process make contacts, follow up by showing up early at the relevant - Application and Resume Online Assessment six months in length - In-Person Assessment Job Fair . In addition - .Internship Programs - 28.
  30. 30. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 29. ight after I got accepted What’s great about the Internship program is that the positions into my graduate pro- - gram, I signed up for the - later, the Fish and Wildlife - - sponded immediately and got - ternship was unpaid, I made - many connections during my actually emailed me to let me - know that he was leaving his post, and thought I would be the perfect person to take - - - - Dorothy Amatucci, -29. Getting into Government
  31. 31. are paid and are possible - - - Some of these are posted programs”, like State De- partment’s unpaid intern- ships, but most often listedto compete for the government roles you plan to pursue after gradua- - tunities. -Recent Graduates - - - be a viable foot in the doormentorship. with an agency or provide valuable connections and - pathways to future opportuni- ties, especially those that add to your resume or provide you - ligations - - 30.
  32. 32. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 31. - “[Pathways] gives more freedom for the graduate to try out different days and toggle between quality workforce development and commu- to try out different job positions to see where I fit best, all while I have “Pathways has been great for me because the program is so for almost a full year now, and this has given me the time to focus on long-term projects that, in my opinion, are more indicative of what “real” I don’t think three months is really enough time to get to know how Fellowship Programs - -31. Getting into Government
  33. 33. -programs. - -tional assignments. -This program inspires the best of a new generation to pursueprofessional position with the United States Department of State. 32.
  34. 34. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 33. - White House Fellows working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Where can you find a list of fellowship programs? - - -33. Getting into Government
  35. 35. Direct Hire Authority - - - - - here. -abilities, and minorities.Veterans Preference (Spousal Preference)veterans are not entitled to appointment under these authorities, - 34.
  36. 36. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 35. OR are a disabled veteran, OR - OR AND - see . People with Disabilities - - - - - Minorities - -35. Getting into Government
  37. 37. - - - - -Where to Get Experience Tip - - - fbo.gov - - Idealist.org 36.
  38. 38. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 37. Decipher37. Getting into Government
  39. 39. HOW DO I UNDERSTAND THEGOVERNMENT HIRINGPROCESS? -1. Job Title 38.
  40. 40. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 39. - about the opening that you will want to pay special attention to - - - ment leader needs. - Some people think HR is lame and that it’s a lot of paper pushing, but HR is moving to less of a pa- - There is a huge need for IT work-39. Getting into Government
  41. 41. Feeling Ready to Supervise People?Here’s a full list of OPM’s -tions. Often these titles above will2. Salary Range - - - positions for people getting into government will not be3. Open Period - - - 40.
  42. 42. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 41. - low for open period that provides an adequate amount of time to give the standard, but it could be more or less depending on the agency’s recruit- 4. Series and Grade Series: - . Grade: Step:41. Getting into Government
  43. 43. “On average, new graduates should look Here’s how it breaks down, generally GS-5 college GS-75. Position Information bachelor’s degree and one year of rel- GS-9 - GS-11 their master’s or bachelor’s + 5 years and . here If you have a masters degree, look6. Promotion BUT if you have a Master’s degree, don’t say you won’t take a GS-7. Be willing to take the GS-7. Get your foot in the door and have more oppor- tunities down the road. Sometimes Go for the lowest grade level you are willing to accept, for - Doris Tirone, - more room to maneuver. 42.
  44. 44. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 43.Here’s another quickGovLoop Ressler tip:openings have promotion po- higher grade level.promotion potential to GS- - - - 7. Duty Locations43. Getting into Government
  45. 45. -8. Who May Apply - Jobs.GovLoop.9. Dutieswant to take some notes is if it starts using language10. Qualifications - - 44.
  46. 46. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 45. - “We instruct students to prepare their resumes by looking at verbs and, hopefully, if a job description is well- agency will say ‘we want someone to calculate, We conduct workshops with students in which we look at job descriptions and ask them to high- light verbs and keywords that they think the hiring - still think that means ‘must know French’ because there are so many people in the queue that if you - ever the requirement is -- then you’re not going to In other words, we do a lot of work in helping them -45. Getting into Government
  47. 47. - - -What’s Going on During the Application Review Process? - are going to help us identify the difference between a good 46.
  48. 48. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 47. Many agencies use evaluative software to assist them in re- 1 2 analysis, we use the system as a tool to separate applications - The human resource specialist who’s doing their job is reading 3 all those resumes and trying to verify the accuracy of the infor- 4 you don’t have it, you’re not going to be found basically quali- - plicants are not honest and they say they have what it takes to be basically cases, cutting and pasting position descriptions in a person’s resume is not We’re reading these resumes - and we’re saying, ‘this is what he says he can47. Getting into Government
  49. 49. Your Federal Resume: Behind-The-Scenes 1 2 90 3 Best 6 80 Better 70 4 Good 5 7 5 is to evaluate applicants based on those pre-determined skills criteria and separate candidates into those who are basically 48.
  50. 50. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 49. 6 - - is called “Veterans’ Preference” and these are the candidates we consider applicants, we refer all other candidates who are in the highest group of - dates, we’re allowed to merge groups together and create one group out of only time this happens is if we don’t have enough candidates to refer from 7 can’t merge them and get me three people, then I am going to cancel this - There are time limits on the process. -49. Getting into Government
  51. 51. The HR folks know their stuff. - Sometimes HR folks are just overwhelmed. “Once the scores are determined, they can’t be changed. - “Patience is a skill you need to master when applying to federalforth an impeccable application and building a network to support your job Breathe. If you’re best qualified, the call will come. 50.
  52. 52. Should I submit 100 or 10 applications? - Government career advisor and author Paul Binkley sums it up this way: -51. Getting into Government
  53. 53. Don’t Fall Into the ”. He also has aEd”.Now don’t get us wrong. We have also heard examples of people - 52.
  54. 54. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 53. What’s the Best Location - Headquarters or the Field? in both - - - - -53. Getting into Government
  55. 55. -Should I go with the executive or legislative branch? - - with their applications and take longer to hire if they don’t get -tol Hill legislative positions are worth a book in itself as most of theto take a look at would be -verse 54.
  56. 56. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 55.Where is there a lot ofhiring happening in gov- Congressional staffers help the members of Congress do theirernment right now? policy alternatives, plan the appearances of members of Con-A lot of the hiring is based on gress, write their speeches, negotiate compromises, communicate with thein government. For example, -eral government is imple- - -gram. However, often there is - - -have a lot of openings andportions of the health insur- -ing the broader news like TheWashington Post as well as -utive that will report stories a and a wealth of information about those kinds of op-55. Getting into Government
  57. 57. 56.
  58. 58. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 57. Deliver57. Getting into Government
  59. 59. HOW DO I CUT THROUGH ACROWDED FIELD OFCANDIDATES?In General: Government Job Applications - 58.
  60. 60. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 59. The Government Resume: When Cookie Cutters Won’t Work “I can always tell the difference when someone submits an application GovLoop has developed with tips on using the - ments. - ” group that59. Getting into Government
  61. 61. 1. Basics: Formatting Use a serif font like Times New Roman. This will make it easier to read. paragraphs. - -2. Quick! Grab Their Attention! 60.
  62. 62. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 61. - - - - 3. Structure Your Experience - - - - - 4. Educate Yourself - work. their titles. so. -61. Getting into Government
  63. 63. 5. Polish Your Writing Style -6. Be Consistent! tense; bullets. -management-skills-developmentguidelines we’ve laid out above. 62.
  64. 64. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 63. Everyone knows the old adage regarding what happens when you assume Follow the steps very carefully and complete every section ac- - plies to federal internship and - - writing your federal resume so - tion is spelled out with keywords - used in the original announce- terials so they are received a day ahead of the deadline in case you have That seems like a good idea to us. Professional Reviews and Resources - Bryan Kempton, - School of Public Policy Federal Prose Federal Resume Experts Federal Resume Writer Federal Resumix Cover Letters63. Getting into Government
  65. 65. - - GovLoop for even moreinformation.Do I Need to Worry About KSAs and Essays? “Much to the relief of federal job applicants, federal agencies - -Nevertheless, federal agencies are still allowed to use essay questions ina federal job, you may discover a juicy opening that is attached to an ap- 64.
  66. 66. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 65. How Do I Shine in the Interview? “The interview had more technical questions about skills needed - to stand out. great post on GovLoop65. Getting into Government
  67. 67. 6 Body Language Tips for Interviewing Posted byHave a good handshakeSit up straight -SmileBe presentin the moment. 66.
  68. 68. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 67. Sit still - Be open - - tion. Taken from NASA’s Doris Tirone had a few additional thoughts about the inter- One of the recommendations that I make to job seekers is that May I contact you in a couple weeks if I have not heard anything sounds like it would be a great opportunity for me, but I also hope that you67. Getting into Government
  69. 69. -Salary NegotiationWith most positions, there is room for negotiation, but there’s alowest either. - - 68.
  70. 70. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 69. Salary Negotiation Tips great blog post - - ter1. Timing isEverything - - - - - time to ask.69. Getting into Government
  71. 71. - , , , , and Guidestar -2. Ask it right3. What to doif you can’tget to yes this in writing. For other tips, visit . out GovLoop’s , 70.
  72. 72. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 71. - If you go for the lowest grade level you’re willing to accept and it’s lower than the one you’re eligible for, you’re in a position when offered the lower grade level, to negotiate a higher pay - these requirements to satisfy before setting pay at a rate that’s higher than the base rate … and we’re required to justify our reasons before we’re able - if you are unable to negotiate a higher pay rate or other requests, don’t To Call or Not to Call? Follow-Up Contact with Hiring Man- agers their applications, informing them whether they have been cho- - -71. Getting into Government
  73. 73. If more than three weeks have passed since your target job’s closing date, -may also ask whether you will be interviewed, how many applicants aremany of them and I assure you that these staffers are generally very oblig- -the hiring agency or damage your application in any way by inquiring aboutthe date your interviewer promised to make a decision has passed, call your - Don’t leave phone messages: Stay in periodic touch with the interviewer: - ting a reputation for being a persistent pest.” Ask for feedback if you don’t get the job: - 72.
  74. 74. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 73. Do you need additional encouragement? Never give up - eral hiring process rewards pa- be a pest, but do make sure that Keep your eye on the mission read should have some state- ment about the agency’s overall statement in the posting, move description, it won’t be in the job - Paul C. Light, - Proactive Connection Building people you know in that agency, alumni connections, friends of friends, parent’s friends -- your personal network in that agency73. Getting into Government
  75. 75. - -ager, but the more knowledge you have of the organization by talking toMentors Programs - GovLoop Men-tors Programtransfer and leadership development throughout government. We’ve mentors.gov- . 74.
  76. 76. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 75. - Government Leaders and similar - Social Media - hosted a webinar 30 Ways to Use Social Media and Advance Your Government Career Facebook75. Getting into Government
  77. 77. -GovLoop doing similar work. writing a blog or . guides and . Jobs.GovLoop. . group. online and in-person training.LinkedIn - - - -or two of these a month builds good karma. 76.
  78. 78. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 77. - Twitter - found their tweet important enough to share. Google - - real-time.77. Getting into Government
  79. 79. Internal Networks (like Yammer, Chatter or Max.gov)guru, 78.
  80. 80. The Art and Science of Networking - - - - - -79. Getting into Government
  81. 81. The -Science - assignment.The Art - shared tastes, interests, friends, six degrees of separation, mutual ex- - 80.
  82. 82. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 81. Informational Interviews - - answered. Engage in small talk for a while and then get to the reason informational interview. Top 5 – Tips for an Informational Interview I’ve been the interviewee on the information interview.81. Getting into Government
  83. 83. Next Generation of Gov- ernment Training Summit1) Don’t be afraid and just ask:2) Do your research:for an informational interview, value that person’s time. out the student rates that most provide. GovLoop and host a Next Generation of -3) Give a few options: government leaders. Learn - - on the website.4) Have questions: There is nothing more awkward -5) Follow-up: After an informational interview, it is so -happened. - 82.
  84. 84. THEGOVLOOPGUIDE 83. - a new organization and seeking to move up within an organization. It’s Who You Know: Leveraging Alumni Groups - - - - - - - -83. Getting into Government
  85. 85. -guide-how-to-find-land-keep-leap-your-government-careerOnce you get that government job, please let us know.Drop a line to Andrew@GovLoop.com and tell us your sto-ry. We can’t wait to see how you’ll make your mark on thepublic sector. comprehensive career guide, packed 84.
  86. 86. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS - - - - - Steve Ressler is GovLoop’s Founder and President. As a former fed who entered through a fellowship program, he knows the ins and outs of the getting into government maze. He’s got dozens blogs on the Jobs.GovLoop design.85. Getting into Government
  87. 87. REFERENCES / RESOURCESDISCOVER - 86.
  88. 88. White House Fellows DECIPHER the -congresss-list- DELIVER -your-resume-usajobsstyle Federal Prose Federal Resume Experts87. Getting into Government
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