There are many excellent jobs and career opportunities (often with great benefits) working for the Federal government. In fact, the Federal government employs close to 2 million Americans. (Note: In all but a few cases, applicants for federal jobs must be U.S. citizens. Also, veterans of military service may be able to claim veteran’s preference, which gives them preferred status over other candidates with equal qualifications).
Here are four important tips:
•Plan ahead - begin exploring which agencies you would most like to work during your first semesters at Monroe. The application process can be slow, so this will give you plenty of time to thoroughly complete the application process.
•Learn how to prepare a resume tailored to government service. This approach of developing a “government resume” will greatly increase your chances of getting interviews for government jobs. You can learn more about building your government resume by clicking on this link: www.makingthedifference.org/federaljobs/usajobsresume.shtml before you apply. Also have your resume reviewed by your OCA Advisor before submission.
•Be prepared to wait - Be patient. Sometimes it can take months before you hear back about your application. Every federal job requires a background check before the agency can make a job offer.
•Follow-up with the agency – You are encouraged to contact the Recruiter(s) at the agency to learn the status of your application.