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1 Report Tile Finding and Applying for Jobs in the Federal Government United States Office of Personnel Management

2 2 Benefits of Government Service Opportunity to make a difference Influence the future of our country Work/Life balance Flexible work schedules and generous annual and sick leave

3 3 Competitive health and retirement benefits Excellent advancement opportunities Student loan repayment assistance Training and professional development Benefits of Government Service

4 4 Federal Pay & Advancement Federal pay is generally competitive across a wide range of occupations General Schedule (GS) is the pay scale for many Federal jobs from Grades 1-15 Varies by geographic location (the base salary for GS grades does not change) Can progress through several grades within a few years

5 5 Grade Qualifying Education GS-5 4 academic years above high school leading to a bachelors degree OR a bachelors degree GS-7 Bachelors degree with one of the following: 1)Class standing (upper third of class) 2)3.0 or higher GPA; 3.5 or higher GPA in major 3)Honor society membership GS-9Masters degree (or equivalent) General Schedule (GS) Grade Criteria Grade Qualifying Education GS-5 4 academic years above high school leading to a bachelors degree OR a bachelors degree GS-7 Bachelors degree with one of the following: 1)Class standing (upper third of class) 2)3.0 or higher GPA; 3.5 or higher GPA in major 3)Honor society membership GS-9Masters degree (or equivalent) GS-5 and GS-7 are considered entry level

6 6 CityGS-5GS-7GS-9GS-11 Atlanta$32,039$39,687$48,545$58,734 Chicago$33,639$41,669$50,969$61,667 Dallas$32,418$40,156$49,118$59,428 New York City$34,582$42,837$52,398$63,397 San Francisco$36,309$44,976$55,015$66,562 Washington, DC$33,269$41,210$50,408$60,989 Selected 2009 Starting Salaries Starting salaries for GS-5, 7, 9 and 11

7 7 Federal Jobs By Location In addition, over 50,000 people work for the U.S. Government in foreign countries!

8 8 OCCUPATION # EMPLOYEES Medical and Public Health54,114 Security and Protection52,077 Compliance and Enforcement31,276 Legal23,596 Administration/Program Management17,287 Accounting and Budget16,664 Information Technology11,549 By the fall of 2012, the Federal Government is projected to hire 273,000 new workers for mission-critical jobs including the following number of people in the occupations listed. Source: Partnership for Public Service Projected Federal Hiring

9 9 Where to Look – Find student employment opportunities within the Federal Agency Web sites – Visit the Web sites of agencies whose missions interest you Your universitys career development center – the Federal Governments main job information

10 10 Where to Look:

11 11 Where to Look: Agency Sites

12 12 FOR ALL STUDENTS Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) & Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) Where to Look: Special Hiring Programs FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS Presidential Management Fellows Program OTHER PROGRAMS Federal Career Intern Program Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

13 13 Special Hiring Programs: For All Students Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) Temporarily work for a Federal agency while in school Schedule determined jointly by student and agency Terminates upon graduation

14 14 Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) Work for a Federal agency until graduation Work related to academic goals All requirements/expectations spelled out in agreement with school/student/agency May be offered permanent position after graduation if all requirements are met Special Hiring Programs: For All Students

15 15 Special Hiring Programs: For Graduate Students Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF) For Graduate Students 2-Yr Full-Time Developmental Program Appointed at the GS-9/11/12 May be offered a permanent position program Recruitment once a year Targets students in last year of grad school Must be nominated by school Rigorous assessment process Fellows selected in March/April

16 16 Other Programs: Federal Career Intern Program Federal Career Intern Program (FCIP) 2-Yr Full-Time Training/Development Program Appointed at the GS-5/7/9 May be offered permanent position after successful completion of program Agencies determine design of programs May or may not be named FCIP Agency specific recruitment/application

17 17 Other Programs: Student Volunteers and Internships Student Volunteers May work in Federal agencies as volunteers Designed to give students work experience Must be coordinated with the students school Internships Agency unique programs May or may not be paid Short and long term Look on Agency websites for specific programs

18 18 Summary Tips to Help with the Job Search Network: Talk to knowledgeable sources family, friends, alumni, career services offices, and current or former Feds Consider student employment opportunities Search through and by agency/location, etc. be

19 19 What to Expect During the Process Applying for a Federal job requires time and special attention to detail -- but the rewards are worth it Procedures vary across Federal agencies Federal jobs are highly desirable and as a result, are often competitive

20 20 Where to Look:

21 21 Search by Interests An example: Chicago, IL Social Science, Psychology, and Welfare

22 22 Anatomy of a Job Announcement

23 23 OverviewDuties Qualifications and Evaluation How to Apply Benefits and Other Information Anatomy of a Job Announcement

24 24 Anatomy of a Job Announcement

25 25 Overview of the Online Process After selecting the job for which you would like to apply, there are usually several steps in the online application process for you to follow: Create your Federal resume Answer the questions posed online Submit the complete application package by the stated deadline Follow up with the appropriate agency contact to inquire about progress in hiring for the position

26 26 Building a Federal Resume Online

27 27 Building a Federal Resume Online Sections: Candidate Info. Work Experience Education References Affiliations Desired Locations

28 28 Can be extremely important in the evaluation process in sorting out the best qualified candidates Vary depending on the job, but examples include: skill in written and oral communications; demonstrated technical ability; knowledge of specific subject matter areas Are similar to interview questions ; answers should provide concrete examples (coursework and volunteer experience count), particularly to demonstrate quantifiable results, complexity, or leadership Should be a narrative written in first person and about 1-2 pages each Agencies commonly require essays as part of the application to address characteristics they seek Application Essays

29 29 Knowledge: The foundation upon which skills and abilities are built Examples: Federal regulations and directives, operating systems and procedures, budget and accounting principles, engineering practices Skills: The observable demonstration of proficiency to do a task Examples: computer software proficiency, second language proficiency Ability: The capacity to perform a job function Examples: organize and plan work, analyze situations, communicate orally and in writing, coach and mentor others KSA is an acronym for Knowledge, Skills and Abilities What is a KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)?

30 30 Ability to communicate orally. Ability to communicate in writing. Ability to work with data on a computer. Ability to organize the work flow of clerical and administrative support functions. Note: Specifically address each KSA in your application, providing examples of how your experience prepares you for this role KSA Example

31 31 Summary Tips for the KSA Section Address key words/phrases mentioned in the position description Tie experiences to each KSA Use illustrative examples Focus on outcomes to which you directly contributed Use plain language, without acronyms Review answers to ensure they are succinct, easy to read, and grammatically correct

32 32 Applicant Eligibility When submitting an application, agencies request eligibility information including: Past or current Federal employment Veteran qualifications: Disability Status Non-competitive appointment – Peace Corps and AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteers have 1 year of non- competitive eligibility –,

33 2009 USAJOBS Enhancements Applicant Notification – applicants receive the following updates on their application status: - Application received - Application assessed for qualifications - Applicant referred to selecting official (or not) - Applicant selected (or not) Proactive Notification Resume Upload No Resume Apply (November)

34 34 Summary Tips for Applying Plan ahead- allow plenty of time to thoroughly complete your application Select carefully- always consider using a tailored application for each vacancy you apply Follow-up with an agency- contact the identified representative to learn the status of an application or find out more about a job

35 35 What Happens Next After the closing date for applications, the agency evaluates candidate qualifications From this assessment, the agency produces a list of qualified candidates From the list of qualified applicants, agencies select candidates for interviews At this point, agencies are like other organizations – They conduct interviews and select the best candidate(s) for the job – Some jobs require security clearance

36 36 A Note About Security Clearances Applying for jobs that require a security clearance is a two-stage process: 1) Get the job offer 2) Go through a background investigation Most individuals selected for Federal positions undergo a basic background investigation (Executive Order 10450) - 90% of Background Investigations are completed in an average of 37 days Jobs that include access to classified information require a security clearance, which requires a more intensive background investigation (Executive Order 12968) - the average time to complete a Top Secret clearance investigation is 72 days

37 37 Federal agencies hire the best and the brightest, and getting a Federal job is often very competitive Increase chances of being hired by following a few clear steps – Research potential opportunities – Consider various employment avenues – Search on job websites and specific agencies – Follow application directions carefully Summary

38 38 Thank You For additional information on these topics, please visit: United States Office of Personnel Management

39 39 Questions? Contact Information: David Herman OPM Project Manager Call to Serve Initiative

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