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Book description

This extensive reference provides step-by-step guidance for applying for federal jobs

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. This Book Can Save You Many Hours of Frustration
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Introduction
    1. How This Book Is Organized
    2. A Few Helpful Notes About This Book
  7. Part I: Understanding, Finding, and Applying for Federal Jobs
    1. CHAPTER 1: Uncle Sam Wants You
      1. What Factors Affect Federal Job Opportunities?
        1. Retirement Tsunami
        2. Government Job Stability
      2. What Kinds of Jobs Are Available in the Federal Government?
        1. Management, Business, and Financial Occupations
        2. Professional and Related Occupations
        3. Office and Administrative Support Occupations
        4. Service Occupations
        5. Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations
        6. Other Occupational Groups
      3. What Kind of Pay Does the Federal Government Offer?
        1. The General Schedule
        2. Other Pay Scales
      4. What Kind of Benefits Does the Federal Government Offer?
      5. How Can You Use USAJOBS to Explore Careers in the Federal Government?
        1. Assessing Yourself
        2. Exploring Careers with USAJOBS
    2. CHAPTER 2: How to Find a Federal Job
      1. How to Search for a Federal Job on USAJOBS
        1. Using Basic Search
        2. Using Other USAJOBS Search Methods
      2. How to Create USAJOBS Job Search Agents
        1. Starting a USAJOBS Account
        2. Creating a Job Search Agent
    3. CHAPTER 3: Writing a Competitive Federal Application
      1. Understanding Federal Hiring Procedures
        1. Competitive Service
        2. Excepted Service
          1. Schedule A Appointing Authorities
          2. Schedule B Appointing Authorities
          3. Schedule C Appointing Authorities
      2. Analyzing a Vacancy Announcement
        1. Overview
        2. Duties
        3. Qualifications and Evaluations
        4. Benefits and Other Info
        5. How to Apply
      3. Creating a Winning Federal Resume
        1. Using USAJOBS’s Resume Builder
        2. Including the Necessary Information
        3. Converting a Resume in Word to a Plain Text Document
      4. Highlighting Your Strengths with Application Essays
        1. Organizing Your Information
        2. Using an Effective Writing Style
      5. Preparing for an Interview
      6. Negotiating Salary and Accepting the Job
  8. Part II: Descriptions, URLs, and Sample Job Vacancies for Federal Agencies and Departments
    1. CHAPTER 4: Legislative Branch
      1. Architect of the Capitol
        1. Select Facility
        2. Sample Job Vacancies
      2. Congressional Budget Office
        1. Selected CBO Divisions
        2. Other CBO Divisions
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      3. Government Accountability Office
        1. Selected GAO Teams
        2. Other GAO Teams
        3. Sample Job Vacancy
      4. Government Printing Office
        1. Sample Job Vacancy
      5. Library of Congress
        1. Selected LOC Agencies
        2. Other LOC Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancy
      6. U.S. Capitol Police
        1. Sample Job Vacancy
      7. United States House of Representatives
        1. Selected House of Representatives Committees
        2. Other House Committees
        3. Sample Job Vacancy
      8. United States Senate
        1. Selected Senate Committees
        2. Other Senate Committees
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
    2. CHAPTER 5: Judicial Branch
      1. Administrative Office of the United States Courts
        1. Sample Job Vacancies
      2. Federal Judicial Center
      3. Lower Courts
        1. Selected Lower Courts
        2. Other Lower Courts
        3. Special Courts
        4. Sample Job Vacancies
      4. Supreme Court of the United States
        1. Sample Job Vacancy
      5. United States Sentencing Commission
        1. Sample Job Vacancies
    3. CHAPTER 6: Executive Branch
      1. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
      2. American Battle Monuments Commission
      3. Broadcasting Board of Governors
        1. Selected BBG Agencies
        2. Other BBG Agencies
      4. Central Intelligence Agency
        1. Selected CIA Agencies
        2. Other CIA Agency
      5. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
      6. Consumer Product Safety Commission
      7. Corporation for National and Community Service
        1. Selected CNCS Agency
        2. Other CNCS Agencies
      8. Council of Economic Advisers
      9. Council on Environmental Quality
      10. Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia
      11. Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
      12. Department of Agriculture
        1. Selected USDA Agencies
        2. Other USDA Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      13. Department of the Air Force
        1. Selected Air Force Agencies
        2. Other Air Force Agencies
      14. Department of the Army
        1. Selected Army Agencies
        2. Other Army Agencies
      15. Department of Commerce
        1. Selected DOC Agencies
        2. Other DOC Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      16. Department of Defense
        1. Selected DoD Agencies
        2. Other DoD Agencies
        3. Joint Service Schools
        4. Sample Job Vacancies
      17. Department of Education
        1. Selected ED Agencies
        2. Other ED Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      18. Department of Energy
        1. Selected DOE Agencies
        2. Other DOE Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      19. Department of Health and Human Services
        1. Selected HHS Agencies
        2. Other HHS Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      20. Department of Homeland Security
        1. Selected DHS Agencies
        2. Other DHS Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      21. Department of Housing and Urban Development
        1. Selected HUD Agencies
        2. Other HUD Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      22. Department of the Interior
        1. Selected DOI Agencies
        2. Other DOI Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      23. Department of Justice
        1. Selected DOJ Agencies
        2. Other DOJ Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      24. Department of Labor
        1. Selected DOL Agencies
        2. Other DOL Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      25. Department of the Navy
        1. Selected Navy Agencies
        2. Other Navy Agencies
      26. Department of State
        1. Selected Department of State Agencies
        2. Other Agencies in the Department of State
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      27. Department of Transportation
        1. Selected DOT Agencies
        2. Other DOT Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      28. Department of the Treasury
        1. Selected Treasury Agencies
        2. Other Agencies in the Department of the Treasury
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      29. Department of Veterans Affairs
        1. Selected VA Agencies
        2. Other VA Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      30. Domestic Policy Council
      31. Environmental Protection Agency
        1. Selected EPA Agencies
        2. Other EPA Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      32. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
      33. Executive Office of the President
      34. Export-Import Bank of the United States
      35. Farm Credit Administration
      36. Federal Communications Commission
        1. Selected FCC Agencies
        2. Other FCC Agencies
      37. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
        1. Sample Job Vacancies
      38. Federal Election Commission
      39. Federal Housing Finance Agency
      40. Federal Labor Relations Authority
      41. Federal Maritime Commission
        1. Selected FMC Agency
        2. Other FMC Agencies
      42. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
      43. Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
      44. Federal Reserve System
        1. Selected Fed Agencies
        2. Other Fed Agencies
      45. Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
      46. Federal Trade Commission
        1. Selected FTC Agencies
        2. Other FTC Agencies
      47. General Services Administration
        1. Selected GSA Agencies
        2. Other GSA Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      48. Institute of Museum and Library Services
      49. Inter-American Foundation
      50. International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico
      51. International Joint Commission, Canada and the United States
      52. International Monetary Fund
        1. Selected IMF Agency
        2. Other IMF Agencies
      53. Legal Services Corporation
      54. Merit Systems Protection Board
      55. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
        1. Selected NASA Agencies
        2. Other NASA Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      56. National Archives and Records Administration
        1. Selected NARA Agencies
        2. Other NARA Agencies
      57. National Capital Planning Commission
      58. National Council on Disability
      59. National Credit Union Administration
      60. National Economic Council
      61. National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities
        1. Selected NFAH Agencies
      62. National Labor Relations Board
      63. National Mediation Board
      64. National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)
      65. National Security Council
      66. National Science Foundation
        1. Selected NSF Agencies
        2. Other NSF Agencies
      67. National Transportation Safety Board
      68. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
        1. Selected NRC Agencies
        2. Other NRC Agencies
      69. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
      70. Office of Administration
      71. Office of Compliance
      72. Office of the Director of National Intelligence
      73. Office of Government Ethics
      74. Office of Management and Budget
        1. Selected OMB Agencies
        2. Other OMB Agencies
      75. Office of National AIDS Policy
      76. Office of National Drug Control Policy
      77. Office of Personnel Management
        1. Selected OPM Agencies
        2. Sample Job Vacancies
      78. Office of Science and Technology Policy
      79. Office of Special Counsel
      80. Office of the United States Trade Representative
      81. Office of the Vice President
      82. Organization of American States
        1. Selected OAS Agencies
        2. Other OAS Agencies
      83. Overseas Private Investment Corporation
      84. Panama Canal Commission
      85. Peace Corps
        1. Selected Peace Corps Agencies
        2. Other Peace Corps Agencies
      86. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
        1. Selected PBGC Agency
        2. Other PBGC Agency
      87. President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and Intelligence Oversight Board
      88. Postal Regulatory Commission
      89. Presidio Trust
      90. Railroad Retirement Board
      91. Securities and Exchange Commission
        1. Selected SEC Agency
        2. Other SEC Agencies
      92. Selective Service System
      93. Small Business Administration
        1. Selected SBA Agencies
        2. Other SBA Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      94. Smithsonian Institution
        1. Selected Smithsonian Agencies
        2. Other Smithsonian Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      95. Social Security Administration
        1. Selected SSA Agencies
        2. Other SSA Agencies
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      96. State Justice Institute
      97. Tennessee Valley Authority
        1. Sample Job Vacancies
      98. United Nations
        1. Selected UN Programs and Funds
        2. Other UN Entities
        3. Sample Job Vacancies
      99. United States African Development Foundation
      100. United States Agency for International Development
        1. Selected USAID Agencies
        2. Other USAID Agencies
      101. United States Commission on Civil Rights
      102. United States Election Assistance Commission
      103. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
      104. United States Institute of Peace
      105. United States International Trade Commission
      106. United States Postal Service
        1. Selected USPS Agencies
      107. United States Trade and Development Agency
      108. White House Office
      109. White House Military Office
  9. Part III: Special Federal Job Opportunities
    1. CHAPTER 7: Special Federal Job Opportunities for Veterans
      1. What Is Veterans’ Preference?
      2. Who Qualifies for Veterans’ Preference?
        1. Qualifications for a 5-Point Preference
        2. Qualifications for a 10-Point Preference
      3. How Is Veterans’ Preference Applied?
      4. What Special Hiring Programs Are Available for Veterans?
        1. Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment
        2. Program for Veterans with Disabilities
      5. How Do You Find a Federal Job If You’re a Veteran?
    2. CHAPTER 8: Special Federal Job Opportunities for People with Disabilities
      1. What Constitutes a Disability?
      2. What Special Hiring Authorities Apply to People with Disabilities?
    3. CHAPTER 9: Special Federal Job Opportunities for Students
      1. Opportunities for High School and College Students
        1. Student Volunteer Service
        2. Internships
        3. Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
        4. Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)
      2. Opportunities for Recent Graduates
        1. The Federal Career Intern Program (FCIP)
        2. Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program
        3. Student Loan Repayment Program
      3. Other Helpful Information Links for Students
  10. Part IV: Appendixes
    1. APPENDIX A: Federal Jobs by College Major
      1. Any Major
      2. Accounting
      3. Agriculture
      4. Agronomy
      5. Anthropology
      6. Archeology
      7. Architecture
      8. Arts, Fine and Applied
      9. Astronomy
      10. Aviation
      11. Biology
      12. Botany
      13. Business
      14. Cartography
      15. Chemistry
      16. Communications
      17. Computer Science
      18. Corrections
      19. Counseling
      20. Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
      21. Dietetics and Nutrition
      22. Economics
      23. Education
      24. Electronics Technology
      25. Employee/Labor Relations
      26. Engineering (Any Specialty)
      27. English and Literature
      28. Environmental Studies
      29. Epidemiology
      30. Facilities Management
      31. Finance
      32. Fish, Game, and Wildlife Management
      33. Food Technology and Safety
      34. Foreign Language
      35. Forestry
      36. Geography
      37. Geology
      38. Geophysics
      39. Health
      40. History
      41. Home Economics
      42. Horticulture
      43. Hospital Administration
      44. Human Resource Management
      45. Hydrology
      46. Industrial Management
      47. Insurance
      48. International Relations
      49. Journalism
      50. Law
      51. Law Enforcement
      52. Liberal Arts/Humanities
      53. Library Science
      54. Management
      55. Management Information Systems
      56. Marketing
      57. Mathematics
      58. Medical Support
      59. Meteorology
      60. Natural Resource Management
      61. Nursing
      62. Park and Recreation Management
      63. Pharmacy
      64. Physical Education
      65. Physical Science
      66. Physics
      67. Political Science/Government
      68. Psychology
      69. Public Administration
      70. Public Health
      71. Public Relations
      72. Purchasing
      73. Real Estate
      74. Rehabilitation Therapy
      75. Social Work
      76. Sociology
      77. Statistics
      78. Surveying
      79. Systems Analysis
      80. Theology
      81. Transportation
      82. Zoology
    2. APPENDIX B: Sample Federal Job Vacancy Announcement
      1. Overview
        1. Job Summary
        2. Applicant Checklist
        3. Key Requirements
      2. Duties
        1. Major Duties
          1. Customer Service and Reports
          2. Financial Model Analysis
          3. Application Programming
          4. Data Management
      3. Qualifications and Evaluation
        1. Qualifications
        2. How You Will Be Evaluated
      4. Benefits and Other Information
        1. Benefits
        2. Other Information
      5. How to Apply
        1. Applying for This Position Is as Easy as 1, 2, 3...
          1. Step 1
          2. Step 2
          3. Step 3
          4. Submitting Documents
        2. Alternative Methods for Completing the Application Package
          1. Required Documents
          2. What to Expect Next
    3. APPENDIX C: Sample Federal-Style Resumes and KSAs
    4. APPENDIX D: Helpful Web Sites for Federal Job Seekers
      1. Air Force Civilian Employment
      2. Army Civilian Employment
      3. Careers in National Defense
      4. Central Intelligence Agency: Careers
      5. Congressional Budget Office: Employment
      6. Government Accountability Office: Employment Opportunities
      7. Government Printing Office: Careers
      8. Library of Congress: Jobs and Fellowships
      9. National Security Agency: Careers
      10. Navy Civilian Employment
      11. Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Employment Opportunities
      12. OPM: Electronic Forms
      13. OPM: Salaries and Wages
      14. OPM: Video Library
      15. Peace Corps: Jobs
      16. Studentjobs.gov
      17. Today’s Military: Careers
      18. USAJOBS
      19. USAJOBS: Careers
      20. USAJOBS: Publications
      21. U.S. Courts: Employment Opportunities
      22. U.S. House of Representatives: Employment Opportunities
      23. U.S. Postal Service: Employment
      24. U.S. Senate: Employment Opportunities
  11. Index