Reducing the Cost of Government Contracts Starts in the Classroom

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Reducing the Cost of Government Contracts Starts in the Classroom

Posted on April 8th, by American Public University System in About the Public Sector. No Comments

When many people think about government contracting, stories about hammers or toilet seats purchased for use by the military and costing thousands of dollars and huge project cost overruns is often what comes to mind. Are excessive costs typical?

Over the last few months, the Wall Street Journal reported that the health care website promoted by … Read More »


Group Interview: Stand Out in the Crowd

Posted on April 8th, by American Public University System in Career Advice. No Comments

For many of us, job interviews are nerve wracking enough without having to sit in a room full of other candidates gunning for the same job. However, group interviews are becoming more common for employers to use as an initial screening tool, so it is important for job seekers to understand how they can best … Read More »


How to Make the Most of Your Mentor

Posted on April 8th, by Josh Weiss-Roessler in on the job. 2 comments

Personal relationships are the best way to make connections in a career and to learn about specific professions and jobs. If you have a personal connection with someone higher up in your field, that kind of mentor-mentee relationship can be invaluable – but only if you make the most of it.

But how can you squeeze … Read More »


Money Vs. Welfare: The Government Role

Posted on April 8th, by Oscar Pearson in About the Public Sector. No Comments

Today there are very few things money can’t buy.

If we’re sentenced to a jail term in California, we can actually buy a prison cell upgrade.

And in Washington, long queues form for key congressional hearings. To avoid waiting in the rain, lobbyists pay companies to hire people to stand waiting for as long as it takes. … Read More »


How To Leap Into The Unknown With Confidence

Posted on April 8th, by David Shindler in Career Advice. No Comments

Changing jobs and careers, starting a new adventure in your working life or returning to work after a prolonged absence can all feel like being a trapeze artist. Taking a leap into the unknown feels risky. How can you leap into the unknown with more confidence?

Imagine you are a circus trapeze artist. You have climbed … Read More »


Information Governance Insights: Part 2

Posted on April 8th, by Robin Woolen in About the Public Sector. No Comments

In last month’s article we laid out the basic framework for understanding what Information Governance is and what we are trying to accomplish with a program. The next step in the process is for the Executive Champion to bring together the key individuals that deal with the information assets of the organization and create a … Read More »


Does this Desk make me look fat?

Posted on April 8th, by Jerry Schuber in on the job. No Comments

As many of you can attest the mindless paperwork that accounts for the majority of the work we do as civil servants is a must in order to prove we worked and deliver the transparency required of people working in the public trust. Not sure about the rest of you but I have found this … Read More »


6 Tips to Hire a Professional Resume Writer

Posted on April 8th, by Tina Nicolai in resumes/cover letters. No Comments

Being at the top of your game in your current profession or position is fantastic. In fact, it’s the best to seek new employment. After all, your confidence is soaring, your results are spot on, and your successes are easy to reference.    Having a balanced and realistic perspective of seeking your next opportunity is much … Read More »


Changing Landscape in Local Government

Posted on April 7th, by Marc Plooster in About the Public Sector. 1 Comment

During a recent conversation with a peer and Master of Public Administration student, I realized there is a predicament in municipal administration. For soon-to-be MPAs, there is concern among some who would like to be city managers but are not interested in the present political landscape of many communities. The challenge is multifold: there is … Read More »


Resume Tips for Local Government

Posted on April 7th, by Corey Hurwitz in Career Advice. No Comments

It’s no secret that government budgets are stretched thin these days. Couple this with the 2014 report by the Freelancers Union that found 34 percent of the nation’s workforce qualify as freelancers, and you have the recipe for a burgeoning job market.

So how do you break into a role as a freelance government contractor?

Your Resume … Read More »