The following list of highly informative resources can be used to research federal agencies, review what’s happening in the federal sector, locate job vacancies, identify professional resume services, and much more. These resources will help with your job search.
General Information and Job Listings
- Federal Career Development Center ( http://www.fedcareerinfo.com)
This service assists current federal employees to evaluate and achieve their short and long term career goals. This site guides visitors through the planning process and includes making a personal assessment, (IDP) Individual Development Plan completion, interviews, application assistance including KSA development, networking techniques, and much more.
- Federal Employees Retirement Planning Guide ( http://federalretirement.net and BLOG at www.fedretire.net) This FREE service is for federal employees planning their retirement and to assist retirees with benefits and survivor questions. Everything from general benefits, annuity calculations, setting a retirement date, estate planning, and everything in between.
- Federal Jobs Network ( https://www.federaljobs.net )
This career center helps anyone who is actively seeking government employment and current federal employees looking for career progression. Visit this site to locate information on all government jobs including positions overseas, jobs with the U.S. Postal Service, special appointments for people with disabilities, job application guidance, student hiring programs, veterans preference and direct links to hundreds of locations that provide guidance to job seekers.
- Nuclear Jobs Network (www.nukejob.net)
This site offers comprehensive career information and job listings of federal, state and private sector nuclear jobs in all areas.
- Federal Times (http://www.federaltimes.com)
Federal Times is the newsweekly for U.S. Federal employees. This site includes: searchable 1996 pay rates for all 33 locality areas, news stories, legislative updates, current job listings for career/competitive service employees, bulletin boards, and online store and links to selected related Web sites.
– GovLoop is the largest social network for government employees. Consisting of over 65,000+ federal, state, and local government leaders, the site provides free online trainings, jobs and career advice, news and best practices, and more. Sign up to receive GovLoop updates
and we’ll send you a free copy of the e-book “Framework to Managing Your Government Career”
- Government Executive Magazine (http://www.govexec.com)
GovExec.com is government’s business news daily and the premier Web site for federal managers and executives. Every day, GovExec.com covers the latest news for federal professionals, including budget negotiations, appropriations measures, and other events, as reported by the staffs of Government Executive, National Journal, Congress Daily, and the five daily publications of the American Political Network. Government Executive in its print incarnation is a monthly business magazine serving senior executives and managers in the federal government’s departments and agencies.
JOB HUNTING HINT: Use this Web site to locate military installations in your area or in areas that you are considering relocating to. Over 700,000 federal civil service workers are employed by the Department of Defense. Contact all military base civilian personnel (Human Resource) offices in your area to identify job openings.
- Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Provides recruitment support for agencies, lists job vacancies and administers the federal civil service personnel system. They operate USAJobs.gov and develop qualification standards and assist agencies to write federal job announcements for all federal civil service jobs.
- POSTALWORK.NET http://postalwork.net
Visit this site for listing of Postal Service job hotlines and online job lists. This site is very informative and offers a wealth of information for those seeking jobs with the U.S. Postal Service. It includes job descriptions, the Postal Service pay schedule, job listing links, toll free job hotlines and much more. Recommended.
Government Jobs SCAM Alert
The federal government is actively hiring and in large numbers. Many private companies are charging anywhere from $100 to over $1,000 dollars for test prep materials and online self assessments and evaluations. The federal government does not charge anyone for this information and 80% of all federal government (non-postal service) jobs don’t require a written entrance exam. The examination mentioned in the job announcement, for the most part, is simply an evaluation of your work history, education, and background that you list on your federal style resume.
Applicants must meet the basic qualifications listed on a job announcement to qualify. The Book of U.S. Government Jobs and this Web site is all you need to explore this lucrative sector. If you are short on cash and can’t afford a copy of The Book of U.S. Government Jobs visit your local library. This book is one of the most checked out career books at libraries nationwide. The Skills Index in Appendix E cross references occupations and degrees to hiring agencies. Use the Job Hunter’s Checklist in Appendix A to steer you through the process and Chapter Six provides comprehensive guidance on how to prepare your federal style resume.
Be skeptical of any offer that requires payment for jobs and information. No federal agency charges applicants for this information or assistance. There are many legitimate federal resume services that you can use that do charge for resume preparation if you don’t have the time or inclination to do one on your own.
Also, be skeptical of government job ads on major non-government job boards that list a toll free number and doesn’t offer an immediate online application option. All federal jobs are applied for through official federal web sites with .gov extensions. This web site links to over 100 federal agency human resource departments.
When you call the toll free number in these bogus job ads they try to sell you a service to assist you with finding a government or Post Office job. They often offer a package that includes a copy of a book that you can buy at your local book store for a fraction of what they charge for these services. Be careful and don’t get taken advantage of.
USA JOBS (Sponsored by OPM)
The USAJobs Site provides a comprehensive listing with full search capability for many federal job vacancies, general employment information, and on-line applications for some jobs will be added to this service in the near future. This service also explains various hiring programs including Veterans’ Preference program.
Associations/Organizations (Networking Links)
- POSTAL EMPLOYEE NETWORK
Site for postal employees featuring postal news, postal resources, and postal career support information. All employees, craft or management, are welcome at Postal Employee Network. Recommended – An excellent site for current Postal employees. Job seekers will also find this site a wealth of information including networking contacts.
Protect Your Personal Information
Precautions to Help You Avoid Becoming a Victim
- Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls, visits, or email messages from individuals asking about you, your employees, your colleagues or any other internal information. If an unknown individual claims to be from a legitimate organization, try to verify his or her identity directly with the company.
- Do not provide personal information or information about your organization, including its structure or networks, unless you are certain of a person’s authority to have the information.
- Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent in email.
- Do not send sensitive information over the Internet before checking a website’s security (for more information, see Protecting Your Privacy, www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-013.
- Pay attention to the URL of a website. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g., .com vs. .net).
- If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it by contacting the company directly. Do not use contact information provided on a website connected to the request; instead, check previous statements for contact information. Information about known phishing attacks is also available online from groups such as the Anti-Phishing Working Group (www.antiphishing.org.
- Install and maintain anti-virus software, firewalls, and email filters to reduce some of this traffic (for more information, see Understanding Firewalls, www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-004; Understanding Anti-Virus Software, www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-005; and Reducing Spam, http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-007.
- Take advantage of any anti-phishing features offered by your email client and web browser.
- Employees should take steps to monitor their personally identifiable information and report any suspected instances of identity theft to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.
- Additional information about preventative steps by consulting the Federal Trade Commission’s website, www.identitytheft.gov. The FTC also encourages those who discover that their information has been misused to file a complaint with the commission using the contact information below.Identity Theft Clearinghouse
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
www.identitytheft.gov (external link)
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