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Book description

Empowers students, job seekers, and career changers to pinpoint the right public service careers for their interests and abilities.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Foreword
  5. Dedication
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Contents
  8. Introduction
    1. What Is a Public Service Career?
    2. Why Is a Public Service Job for You?
      1. First-Time Job Seekers
      2. Career Changers
    3. How Is This Book Organized?
  9. CHAPTER 1: EXPLORING PUBLIC SERVICE CAREERS
    1. A Career Exercises Caveat
    2. Career Exploration Exercises
      1. Dreams and Fantasies
      2. Missions
      3. Job Functions/Interests
      4. Work Values
      5. Skills
      6. Specific Organizations
      7. The Total Picture
      8. None of These Exercises Work for Me!
    3. Researching Careers
    4. Matching Your Skills and Interests with Careers
    5. Handling Gaps
      1. Skills or Experience Gaps
      2. Values Gaps
      3. Education or Training Gaps
        1. Financial Aid
        2. Graduate Programs
          1. REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
  10. CHAPTER 2: UNDERSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE JOBS IN EVERY SECTOR AND FOR EVERY MISSION
    1. Where Are the Public Service Jobs?
      1. The Public Sector
        1. The Federal Government
        2. State Government
        3. Local/Municipal Government
        4. Reasons to Work in the Public Sector
          1. MAKING A DIFFERENCE
          2. JOB SECURITY
          3. BENEFITS AND SALARY
          4. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
        5. Reasons Not to Work in the Public Sector
      2. The Nonprofit Sector
        1. Reasons to Work in the Nonprofit Sector
          1. PASSION FOR A MISSION
          2. CULTURE, FLEXIBILITY, AND INDEPENDENCE
          3. UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES
        2. Reasons Not to Work in the Nonprofit Sector
      3. The Private Sector
        1. Reasons to Work in the Private Sector
        2. Reasons Not to Work in the Private Sector
    2. Jobs That Fit Every Mission
      1. Management and Support Positions
        1. Executive Positions
        2. Program and Project Managers
        3. Communications and Outreach
        4. Human Resources (HR) and Volunteer Coordination
        5. Fundraising and Development
        6. Contracting, Grants Management, and Consulting
        7. Finance, Accounting, and Budgeting
        8. Administration
        9. Information Technology (IT)
      2. Policy Positions
        1. Policy Analysis and Research
        2. Advocacy and Lobbying
        3. Federal, State, and Local Elected Office
        4. Legislative Staff
          1. CAMPAIGN WORK
          2. LEGISLATIVE STAFFERS, CONSTITUENT RELATIONS
          3. LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH
          4. REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
  11. CHAPTER 3: HELPING PEOPLE THROUGH HUMAN SERVICES AND HEALTH
    1. Human/Social Services
      1. Children/Youth, Parents, and Families
      2. Elderly/Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
      3. Poverty Alleviation
        1. Homelessness
        2. Hunger
        3. Employment
      4. Specific Populations
      5. Volunteers
      6. Human/Social Services Jobs
        1. Social and Human Service Assistants
        2. Social Workers
        3. Counselors
    2. Health
      1. Public Health
      2. Direct Care in Hospitals and Other Facilities
      3. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment
      4. Health Benefits
      5. Health Research
      6. Health-Care Jobs
      7. REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
        1. Health Research
  12. CHAPTER 4: EDUCATING PEOPLE AND DEFENDING THEIR RIGHTS
    1. Education
      1. Early Childhood
      2. K–12
      3. Special Education
      4. Higher Education
      5. Vocational and Continuing Education
      6. Libraries
      7. Jobs in Education
    2. Workers’ Rights
      1. Labor Rights and Relations in Government
      2. Unions
    3. Civil Rights
      1. REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
  13. CHAPTER 5: PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT AND MANAGING INFRASTRUCTURE
    1. The Environment
      1. Parks, Recreation, and Environmental Education
      2. Natural Resources Management and Conservation
      3. Wildlife and Fisheries Management and Animal Welfare
      4. Pollution Prevention and Control
      5. Sustainable Business
      6. Environmental Research
      7. Environmental Jobs
        1. Park Rangers and Naturalists
        2. Environmental Educators
        3. Foresters, Natural Resource Managers, and Fish and Game Wardens
        4. Environmental Scientists
    2. Infrastructure
      1. Energy
      2. Transportation
      3. Water Quality and Waste Management
      4. Public Works
      5. Infrastructure Jobs
        1. Urban and Regional Planners
        2. Civil Engineers
        3. Water Treatment Specialists
        4. Other Jobs
          1. REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
  14. CHAPTER 6: MANAGING AND DEVELOPING FINANCIAL RESOURCES
    1. Community/Economic Development and Business Development
      1. Business Development
      2. Personal Finance and Credit
      3. Economic Development Jobs
    2. Commerce and Trade Regulations
    3. Auditing, Accountability, and Evaluation
    4. Government Finance
    5. Corporate Social Responsibility, Fair Trade
    6. Philanthropy/Foundations
      1. REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
  15. CHAPTER 7: HELPING THE WORLD: INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, RELIEF, RELATIONS, AND TRADE
    1. International Relief and Development
    2. International Relations and Educational Exchanges
    3. International Trade
    4. International Environmental Issues
    5. International Law and Human Rights
    6. International Jobs
      1. Foreign Affairs Officers
      2. Program or Project Managers and Officers
      3. Technical Experts and Specialists
      4. International Trade Specialists
      5. Other Opportunities
    7. Tips for Getting a United Nations Job
      1. REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
  16. CHAPTER 8: KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE
    1. Intelligence and National/International Security
      1. Intelligence Jobs
    2. Defense and Military
    3. Disaster Recovery and Emergency Preparedness
    4. Protective Services: Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Fire Protection
      1. Law Enforcement and Crime Prevention
      2. Corrections
      3. Fire Protection and Safety
      4. Protective Services Jobs
        1. Police Officers, Detectives, and Special Agents
        2. Corrections Officers
        3. Probation and Parole Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
        4. Firefighters
    5. Judicial and Legal Professions
      1. REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
  17. CHAPTER 9: WORKING WITH ARTS, CULTURE, AND RELIGION
    1. Arts and Culture
    2. Arts and Culture Jobs
    3. Religion
      1. REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
  18. CHAPTER 10: PREPARING FOR A PUBLIC SERVICE JOB SEARCH: RESUMES AND COVER LETTERS
    1. Assess Yourself
    2. Research the Field
    3. Develop a Resume
      1. Resume Sections
        1. Name and Contact Information
        2. Profile or Summary
        3. Experience
        4. Education
        5. Skills, Volunteer Leadership, and Other Optional Sections
      2. Resume Content
        1. Use Keywords
        2. Quantify, Quantify, Quantify; Then Prove Outcomes
        3. Prioritize
      3. Resume Format and Design
      4. Frequently Asked Questions About Resumes
        1. One Page or Two?
        2. How Far Back Do I Go?
        3. How Do I Handle Employment Gaps or Frequent Employment Changes?
      5. Resume Tips for First-Time Job Seekers
      6. Resume Tips for Career Changers
    4. Create Cover Letters
      1. REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
  19. CHAPTER 11: IDENTIFYING PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES: NETWORKING AND NAVIGATING THE APPLICATION PROCESS
    1. Getting Organized and Motivated
    2. Identifying Job Opportunities
      1. Networking
        1. Sourcing Networking Contacts
          1. ONLINE TOOLS
          2. PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
          3. PEOPLE YOU ALREADY KNOW
        2. Cultivating Relationships
        3. Maintaining Relationships
      2. Researching Posted Positions
      3. Attending Job Fairs and Employer Information Sessions
        1. Job Fairs
        2. Employer Presentations and Open Houses
      4. Volunteering and Interning
      5. Making Cold Calls
      6. Using Government Employment Agencies
      7. Consulting and Contracting
      8. Using Headhunters and Employment Agencies
      9. Getting Hired Through Special Fellowships
    3. Applying for Jobs
      1. Analyzing the Job Description
      2. Sending in Your Application
      3. Following Up on Applications
    4. Understanding the Federal Job Search
      1. The Competitive Examination Hiring Process Via USAJOBS
      2. The Federal Resume
      3. Federal Vacancy Announcements and Applications
      4. KSAs and Questionnaires
      5. Federal Hiring Levels (Salary Grades)
      6. Special Hiring Authorities and Excepted Service
        1. Presidential Management Fellows Program
        2. Federal Career Intern Program
        3. Other Special Hiring Authorities
      7. Federal Security Clearances
      8. Federal Legislative Jobs
      9. Jobs with the President
    5. Applying for a Job in State Government
      1. Civil Service Tests
      2. Civil Service Applications
      3. Other Requirements and Preferences
      4. Jobs with State Legislatures and Governors
    6. Applying for a Local Government Job
    7. Getting Elected Yourself
    8. Finding a Nonprofit Job
      1. REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
  20. CHAPTER 12: LAUNCHING YOUR PUBLIC SERVICE CAREER: INTERVIEWING, NEGOTIATING OFFERS, AND GETTING PROMOTED
    1. Interviewing
      1. Setting Up the Interview
      2. Preparing for the Interview: Research
      3. Dressing for an Interview
      4. Gathering References
      5. Understanding the Flow of the Interview
      6. Dealing with Different Types of Interview Situations
      7. Answering Questions
        1. Skills Questions
        2. Motivation Questions
        3. Personality Questions
        4. The Classic Interview Question
        5. Illegal Questions
      8. Understanding Nonverbal Communication in the Interview
      9. Asking Questions
    2. Following Up After an Interview
      1. Asking for a Response
      2. Handling Rejection
    3. Evaluating and Negotiating Job Offers
      1. Taking Time to Consider the Offer
      2. Evaluating Salary and Benefits
      3. Negotiating a Job Offer
      4. Accepting the Offer
    4. Making a Good First Impression
    5. Aiming for Promotion
      1. Federal Government Promotion Procedures
      2. State and Local Government Promotion Procedures
      3. Promotion Strategies
    6. In Conclusion
      1. REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
  21. Index