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1 Spring 2014 Go Government Webinar Series The ABC’s of Finding a Job in Government February 20, 2014

2 Housekeeping We will open up the phone lines for questions at the end of the call. In the meantime, we encourage you to type your questions into the Q&A box.We will open up the phone lines for questions at the end of the call. In the meantime, we encourage you to type your questions into the Q&A box. Handouts are available for downloadHandouts are available for download The recording of today’s presentation will be sent to all registrants in 2-3 business days.The recording of today’s presentation will be sent to all registrants in 2-3 business days.

3 Presenters Katie D’Hondt Associate Manager, Education and OutreachAssociate Manager, Education and Outreach Caleb Campbell Program Associate, Education and OutreachProgram Associate, Education and Outreach

4 Partnership for Public Service The Partnership is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is dedicated to revitalizing the federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.

5 Spring 2014 Go Government Series The ABC’s of Finding a Job in Government February 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EST Personal Branding Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EST What to Expect from the Federal Application Process Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EST To learn more about our programs, visit

6 Agenda Why Federal Government?Why Federal Government? Finding the Right FitFinding the Right Fit Navigating USAJOBS.govNavigating USAJOBS.gov ResourcesResources

7 Why Federal Government? Make an impact in a big way!Make an impact in a big way! Great benefitsGreat benefits Work/life balance: flexible schedules and vacationWork/life balance: flexible schedules and vacation Possible student loan repayment assistancePossible student loan repayment assistance Complete health and retirement benefits packageComplete health and retirement benefits package High levels of responsibilityHigh levels of responsibility Valuable work experienceValuable work experience Training and professional developmentTraining and professional development

8 Real Federal Employees

9 Straight from the Source Alitza Vega Deputy Human Capital OfficerDeputy Human Capital Officer Human Capital Office of the Science and Technology DirectorateHuman Capital Office of the Science and Technology Directorate Department of Homeland SecurityDepartment of Homeland Security

10 Understanding the Structure of the Executive Branch

11 Finding Your Fit By LocationBy Location By CareerBy Career By AgencyBy Agency By PositionBy Position

12 Finding Your Fit: By Location

13 Finding Your Fit: By Career Administrative and Program ManagementAdministrative and Program Management Art and DesignArt and Design Biological and Environmental SciencesBiological and Environmental Sciences Business and FinanceBusiness and Finance EducationEducation EngineeringEngineering Foreign ServiceForeign Service Information TechnologyInformation Technology LegalLegal MathematicsMathematics Medical and Public HealthMedical and Public Health Physical SciencesPhysical Sciences Security and ProtectionSecurity and Protection Social SciencesSocial Sciences TransportationTransportation

14 Finding Your Fit: By Agency

15 Finding Your Fit: By Position

16 Presidential Management Fellows Program Recent Graduates Program Internship Program Pathways Programs

17 Federal Pay and Benefits General Schedule (GS) is the pay scale for most federal jobs Grades 1-15Grades steps within each grade10 steps within each grade Locality Pay - pay varies by geographic locationLocality Pay - pay varies by geographic location Some occupations have separate scales (i.e. IT, engineering)Some occupations have separate scales (i.e. IT, engineering) Move up several grades within a few yearsMove up several grades within a few years For example: GS-7, Step 1: $33,979/Step 10: $44,176For example: GS-7, Step 1: $33,979/Step 10: $44,176

18 Federal Pay and Benefits: The General Schedule CityGS-5GS-7GS-9GS-11 Los Angeles$34,881$43,208$52,852$63,945 Philadelphia $33,408$41,383$50,620 $61,245 Seattle $33,414$41,390$50,628 $61,255 New York $35,309$43,738$53,500 $64,729 Washington, D.C. $34,075$42,209$51,630 $62,467 GradeQualifying Education GS-4Associate’s degree GS-5Four academic years above high school leading to a bachelor’s degree OR a bachelor’s degree GS-7Bachelor’s degree with one of the following: Class standing (upper third of class) 3.0 or higher GPA; 3.5 or higher GPA in major Honor society membership GS-9Master’s degree (or equivalent) GS-11Doctorate degree

19 Federal Pay and Benefits: Locality Pay CityGS-5GS-7GS-9GS-11 Los Angeles$34,881$43,208$52,852$63,945 Philadelphia $33,408$41,383$50,620 $61,245 Seattle $33,414$41,390$50,628 $61,255 New York $35,309$43,738$53,500 $64,729 Washington, D.C. $34,075$42,209$51,630 $62,467

20 Searching for Positions USAJOBS.govUSAJOBS.gov Agency websitesAgency websites Career development centersCareer development centers Career fairsCareer fairs Social mediaSocial media Personal networksPersonal networks

21 Navigating USAJOBS.gov

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23 USAJOBS.gov Top Tips

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25 Reading a Job Announcement Critical Components: Review these carefully! Qualifications Overview How to Apply

26 Unpacking a Job Announcement

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28 Preparing to Apply

29 USAJOBS.gov Top Tips: Summary Use key search termsUse key search terms Refine your search by location, position and agencyRefine your search by location, position and agency Save your searches to save time!Save your searches to save time! Review the job announcement carefullyReview the job announcement carefully

30 Resource: GoGovernment.org

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32 Resource: Bestplacestowork.org

33 Resource: Individual Agency Websites and Social Media

34 Resource: USA.gov

35 Resource: USAJOBS.gov

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38 Spring 2014 Upcoming Events Go Government Webinar: Personal Branding Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EST Go Government Webinar: What to Expect from the Federal Application Process Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EST To learn more about our programs, visit

39 Questions?

40 OURPUBLICSERVICE.ORG


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