How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job is the ultimate guide to securing a government job, internship, or fellowship. Written by a successful career coach who has climbed the federal career ladder herself and served as a hiring manager, the book steers applicants through every stage of their job searches—from finding unadvertised openings and getting interviews to sealing enviable deals and even get ting promoted.
Drawing on interviews with more than 100 federal hiring managers, the book reveals the secrets to impressing these gatekeepers online, on paper, and in person—information that is available nowhere else. The updated second edition includes more get-ahead tips; new templates for writing winning applications; expanded directories for internships, fast-track management training programs and fellowships; and the latest helpful websites.
Complete with a companion CD filled with sample résumés, checklists, and templates, this indispensable book gives readers the inside scoop on landing some of the nation’s most secure, well-paying, and rewarding jobs—in all 50 states and abroad!
LILY MADELEINE WHITEMAN is a popular contributor to the “Jobs” section of The Washington Post, the career columnist of Federal Times, and a senior writer at the National Science Foundation—a federal agency.
|Table of Contents|
What’s on the CD. . .
Foreword by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Preface: Common Myths About Federal Jobs
P A R T I
GEARING UP TO APPLY
1 A Great Time to Go Federal
2 The Search Is On: Finding Openings
3 Fast Track into Management: Internships and Fellowships for Novices
and Experienced Professionals
4 Location . . . Location . . . Location: Working in Agency Headquarters
Offices vs. Field Offices
5 Into the Capitol Hill Power Vortex: Working for Congress
6 Those !@#! Vacancy Announcements
7 The Basics of Security Clearances
P A R T II
CRANKING OUT YOUR APPLICATION
8 Think Like a Hiring Manager: How Applications Are Screened
9 Your Bragging Writes
10 Mastering Online Applications
11 Crafting Irresistible Résumés
12 Application Essays (KSAs and ECQs): Who Needs “Em?
13 Cover Letters That Open Doors
14 Waiting for a Response to Your Application
P A R T I I I
THE TALKING STAGE
15 Acing Your Interviews
16 Commanding a Top-Dollar Salary
17 Responding to an Agency’s Decision
P A R T IV
ACCELERATING YOUR ASCENT
18 The Fed “Get Ahead” Guide
A P P E N D I X E S
1 Tip Sheet for Veterans and Their Families
2 Tip Sheet for Applicants with Disabilities
3 Formatting Tips
About the Author