Federal recruiting dropped off appreciably over the past couple of years due to cost cutting initiatives within the federal sector. Federal job opportunities are returning and substantially within certain agencies and occupations . It was recently reported that 700 FBI jobs will be filled shortly and other agencies are following their lead.
Many federal job announcements are being posted for openings across the country and overseas. Things are a little different this time around since the Office of Personnel Management (OPM ) changed their USAJobs job listing format a few years ago. When you visited their site, prior to the change, there appeared to be many more federal job listings. They now list jobs with multiple vacancies when appropriate and the number of individual federal job listings has decreased as a result. It is also a good practice to check for new listings frequently because many jobs, especially ones that typically receive many applicants, are often advertised for shorter periods.
There are abundant opportunities in many occupations now including engineering jobs in multiple disciplines. A recent search resulted in 573 job announcements. many with multiple positions ranging from 2 to as high as 35 just in the first 26 listings. The first 26 federal job listings resulted in 115 job vacancies! One of the Electronic Engineer (GS-0855) job announcements is recruiting at 35 different locations across the country, in Canada, and overseas. It’s important to read the job announcement thoroughly and when you have multiple locations you will be asked your preference. The more willing you are to relocate the better you chances of landing a job. I accepted my first competitive federal job in a small town in Central Pennsylvania to get my foot in the door and I bid on multiple position to improve my chances. It worked!
Job opportunities are available now in many occupations, just perform a search for the occupation and location you desire and review all of the job announcements of interest. Other hot occupations:
Each of my upcoming articles will feature current hot careers and job opportunities. Search by occupation to find jobs in federal, state, and the private sector. You will also find relevant USAJobs searches for each occupation if you desire to limit your search to the federal sector.
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