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How To Find the Right Gov Gig For You


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Presentation hosted by and facilitated by "Jobs That Matter" author Heather Krasna. Walks participants through the 3 motivations that help them decide where to work within the public sector.

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How To Find the Right Gov Gig For You

  1. 1. How To Find the Right Gov Gig For You May 11, 2011 Brought to you by:
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  3. 3. HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT GOV GIG FOR YOUPresented byHeather Krasna, MS Author, Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service
  4. 4. The Three Sectors4 Percent of U.S. Employment Local government State government 10% 3% Federal government Private sector 2% Nonprofit sector Nonprofit sector Federal government 6% State government Local government Private sector 79% Copyright © 2011 Heather Krasna
  5. 5. What’s the Main Driver for Your Career?5  Mission or Cause  Environmental policy  Human services  International development, etc.  Job Function/Skills  Policyanalysis/research  Outreach and communications, etc.  Values  Work-lifebalance  Job security, benefits, etc.
  6. 6. The Mission-Driven Search6
  7. 7. Which branch of government works on the issues you care about?7 Federal Agency State Agency Legislative Branch Local Gov Agency Tribal Government International Gov/ Multilateral Agency Judicial System Elected Official, City Manager’s Political Party Office School Board
  8. 8. Federal Agency Missions8 Percent of Federal Civilian Government Employment by Job Function, Total=2.7 million Space Research, Technology Housing & Communit y 1% Development Postal Service 1% Transport at ion 2% National defense Element ary & Secondary Social Insurance, Public Welf are Educat ion, Libraries 1% Hospitals & Health 3% Government Administrat ion Police, Correction, Judicial/Legal 6% Postal Service Ot her & Unallocable 27% Natural Resources & Parks 7% Other & Unallocable Nat ural Resources & Parks 8% Government Administration Police, Correction, Social Insurance, Public Welfare Judicial/ Legal 8% Transportation Hospit als & Healt h Nat ional def ense 11% 25% Space Research, Technology Housing & Community Development Elementary & Secondary Education, Libraries
  9. 9. State Government Missions9 Percent of State Government Employment by Function, total=5.13 million P arks & Recreatio n, Source: U.S. Census, 2006 Natural Reso urces 4% Elementary & Seco ndary Educatio n, Other & Unallo cable Other Ed. Higher Educatio n 4% 3% Transpo rtatio n, P o lice & Fire, Judicial, Legal, Transit, Infrastructure Co rrectio ns 6% Ho spitals & Health P ublic Welfare, So cial Insurance Go vernment A dministratio n 6% Higher Educatio n 46% P ublic Welfare, So cial Insurance Go vernment A dministratio n Transpo rtatio n, Transit, 7% Infrastructure Ho spitals & Health Other & Unallo cable 12% P arks & Recreatio n, Natural P o lice & Fire, Judicial, Reso urces Legal, Co rrectio ns Elementary & Seco ndary Educatio n, 12% Other Ed.
  10. 10. Local Government Missions10 Public Welfare 2% Local Government Employment Other & Unallocable Health 2% by Function, Total=14.2 million 2% Source: U.S. Census, 2006 Parks & Recreation, Natural Libraries Resources 1% 3% Housing & Community Elementary & Secondary Education Development Water, Sewer, Utilites Police & Fire, Judicial, Legal, Corrections 1% 4% Hospitals Government Administration 4% Transportation, Transit Higher Education Higher Education 4% Government Administration Transportation, Transit 4% Elementary & Secondary Water, Sew er, Utilites Education Hospitals Parks & Recreation, Natural Resources 55% 4% Other & Unallocable Public Welfare Police & Fire, Judicial, Legal, Health Corrections 14% Libraries Housing & Community Development
  11. 11. Research Resources: Finding the right agencies to pinpoint11  Federal:,,, local Federal Executive Board, blue pages of phone book, Partnership for Public Service,  State: State government websites, agency sites  Local: International City Managers Association (ICMA), League of Cities, Conference of Mayors, local city websites, visiting your local city/county/town hall  Elected officials: Your local political parties; Washington Post, Poll Call, The Hill,, networking
  12. 12. Thinking Outside the Box12  Care about the environment? Consider:  Dept. of Interior  Dept. of Agriculture  Dept. of Defense owns significant public land  Your state DNR  Your local Department of Solid Waste or Public Utilities  Care about education or human services?  Dept. of Defense runs its own school system  Social Security Admin  Veteran’s Affairs  Local school board, State Dept. of Education
  13. 13. Determining Your Job Function13
  14. 14. Identify Your Skills14 public political relations policy analysis awareness management What skills have you grant management amassed in your professional career? budgets multitasking What have you been responsible for direct service expertise connection outside of work? s
  15. 15. The 6-Story Exercise15  Write out 6 stories of accomplishments you are most proud of, from work, school, hobbies:  Problem  Action  Result  Parse the stories for skills  Interpersonal  Communication  Research  Technical, etc.
  16. 16. Examples of Agency Jobs: “Line16 Roles”  “Line Roles”—specific to a mission area:  Social Service (counselor, social worker)  Scientific/technical specialist (biologist, forester, ecologist, research scientist, epidemiologist)  Foreign Service Officer  Intelligence Analyst  Management & program analyst  Policy analysis, research for specific policy areas  Specific training, certification and education often needed
  17. 17. Examples of Jobs: “Support Roles”17  Support Roles - cross mission areas:  Budget, contract management  Information Technology  Human resources  Public affairs, constituent relations  Policy analysis, research, performance audit  Campaign work  Easier transition back and forth to private and nonprofit sectors
  18. 18. Federal Occupations By Series Number18 
  19. 19. Which Agencies Fit Your19 Values?
  20. 20. Which Level of Gov?20  Federal Government: 2 million jobs with one employer  Lots of variety, potential for growth  Might have to relocate to advance  Bird’s eye/funder’s view of policy  State Gov: 5 million jobs, 50 employers  Might have to move to state capitol  Local Gov: 14 million jobs (mainly teachers, police and firefighters), 87,000+ employers  See your impact in your own neighborhood  May have limited career growth within 1 small city
  21. 21. Elected Officials, Political Parties, and Legislative Branch21  Partisan work (with an elected official, a political party) vs. nonpartisan work (legislative research, GAO, Congressional Research Service etc.)  Executive branch (mayor, governor, president vs. legislative branch  Issue driven or not (issue-specific committee)  External to government (government relations, lobbying, advocacy)
  22. 22. Researching Employer Culture22  Federal:  Informational interviews  
  23. 23. Putting it All Together… And Doing the Research23
  24. 24. Your Ideal Target Position Is….24  A policy analyst position working on government accountability  A program management position in a youth- services agency  An intelligence analyst role working on national security issues  An opportunity in city management in Oregon or Washington  …Having a clear statement helps people help you!
  25. 25. Researching Your Best Environment: Networking 10125 Where? How?  An alumni association • Get active in your issue  A neighborhood coalition area  A church, synagogue or • Find a buddy mosque • Set benchmarks of success  A political campaign • Walk in the footsteps of  A citywide cleanup effort others  A local music ensemble • Don’t discount your  The Junior League corporate contacts  A sports team • Keep detailed notes  A nonprofit board • Have a clear and concise  A parent-teacher elevator speech association
  26. 26. Informational Interviews: Do’s &26 Don’ts Do’s Don’ts  Introduce yourself to someone • Ask for a job. who may have a job opening • Disrespect the interviewee’s in the future.  Learn more about the people time. who work at this agency. • Be unprepared.  Receive direction and • Talk too much. guidance from someone once • Fail to listen. in your shoes. • Forget to be thankful.  Learn a name to drop in your networking and personal connections.  Audition some preliminary answers to obvious interview questions when a particular job isn’t on the line.  Get tips on the hiring process.
  27. 27. Informational Interview Goals27  Research  Referrals  Read & Revise your Resume  Be Remembered Positively --The Savvy Networker, Krannich
  28. 28. The Job Search Differs by Government Type28  Federal search: competitive, noncompetitive  State and local: by civil service exam or not  Elected officials: by networking and campaign work
  29. 29. Contact InformationHeather KrasnaDirector, Career Services, Evans School of Public Affairs,University of WashingtonAuthor, Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career inPublic ServiceDirector, Candidate Services, Nonprofit Professionals
  30. 30. Questions and Comments
  31. 31. Today’s SpeakersAndy KrzmarzickCommunity ManagerGovLoopKevin DubsYGL Career Services Program ManagerYoung Government LeadersHeather KrasnaAuthor“Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable,Fulfilling Career in Public Service”
  32. 32. Thank You!