Federal Job Application Strategies

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Federal Job Application Strategies

Posted on February 16th, by Karol Taylor in About the Public Sector. 2 comments

How do you apply for a federal job? Many people go straight to USAJOBS.gov and start searching for jobs they might like. They look at the Duties section of the Vacancy Announcement and say to themselves, “I can do that.” Then they apply. These same folks upload their two-page corporate résumé, and use it to … Read More »


I Tried to Use a Job to Regain my Identity!

Posted on February 14th, by Shakena Warren in Career Advice. 1 Comment

You may be wondering, “What the heck is she talking about?”

When I ventured back into to the workplace working for the federal government, I did not consider ALL THINGS! I just wanted to get back out there and regain my independence and feel like I was on my way somewhere! I made an emotional decision … Read More »


The Likability Factor

Posted on February 14th, by Allen Ellison in About the Public Sector. 1 Comment

In almost every aspect of life, the term likeability is at the center of decision making. This idea holds true in political campaigns, speed dating, beauty contests, American Idol, selection of church pastors, straw polls, hand in marriages, choosing favorite foods, a new puppy from the pet store, best friends, new gadgets, and guess what? … Read More »


How To Do Pre-Interview Research

Posted on February 14th, by Pete Radloff in Career Advice. No Comments

One of the first questions I ask any candidate who is applying for a role with our company is “Why are you interested in working here?” I use this question, not as an ego trip of “tell me why we’re so good”, but rather to see how much the candidate knows about us, and how … Read More »


Make Your Media Interview a Success!

Posted on February 14th, by Kelly Morris in About the Public Sector. No Comments

For many professionals in government, interacting with the media is an unwritten part of their job description.

Media interviews can happen when your department’s public information officer asks for coverage of news, or when a reporter comes to your organization for a story they’ve initiated, whether it’s a subject you are excited to talk about or … Read More »


Turning Boredom into Innovation

Posted on February 11th, by Joanie Connell in on the job. 1 Comment

It’s that time of year when we tend to get the winter blahs. The holidays are over, we’ve lost steam on our New Year’s resolutions, and spring is not yet on the horizon. Blah, blah, blah. How do we turn our dissatisfaction with the doldrums into creative new ideas?

Boredom can be the cause of great … Read More »


Public Infrastructure Projects & The Future of Private Sector Investment

Posted on February 11th, by Valerie Martinelli in About the Public Sector. No Comments

During President Obama’s latest State of the Union address, he encouraged more private sector investment in public infrastructure projects. His proposal outlines the application of Qualified Public Infrastructure Bonds, or QPIBs, which would expand a previously existing financing tool that permits state and local governments to issue tax-exempt bonds to fund public infrastructure projects chiefly … Read More »


Place Branding: A Strategic Road Map

Posted on February 9th, by Staci Zavattaro in About the Public Sector. No Comments

A simple online news search for the term “city branding” yields results from cities as varied as Fargo, North Dakota, Wichita, Kansas, and Hermiston, Oregon. While the core of my research focuses on how U.S. cities undertake brand identity strategies, this practice is not unique to only local governments. Public and nonprofit entities of all … Read More »


Internships in Local Government: My Personal Journey

Posted on February 9th, by Olivia Burrell-Jackson in on the job. No Comments

Many universities require seniors to complete an internship in order to learn more about their proposed career. My major, criminal justice, required one and I was told this would give me experience to put on my resume and make me more attractive to employers. I enjoyed my internship experience and I am happy to say … Read More »


Self Promotion Is Not Just About You

Posted on February 8th, by Bonnie Marcus in on the job. No Comments

People are too busy today to go out of their way to find, recognize, and reward you in the workplace. The good news is that you can create the visibility and credibility you need to move your career forward. You can control how others perceive you in the work environment. You can learn to communicate … Read More »