Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service


Jobs That Matter provides job seekers with the tips they need to land a great job in government (including local, state, and federal), nonprofit, or corporate organizations serving the public good. Among college students and the public, there is a resurgence of interest in careers that help society, as well as a desire for career stability and security. Jobs in the public service fulfill both the need to make a difference and the need to make a living. This book helps you pinpoint the right public service career ...

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Jobs That Matter provides job seekers with the tips they need to land a great job in government (including local, state, and federal), nonprofit, or corporate organizations serving the public good. Among college students and the public, there is a resurgence of interest in careers that help society, as well as a desire for career stability and security. Jobs in the public service fulfill both the need to make a difference and the need to make a living. This book helps you pinpoint the right public service career for your interests and talents, and then helps you land it with key research, networking, resume, cover letter, and interviewing techniques. Along the way you'll read profiles of people in various public service jobs, showing how they got their jobs and what they're like.

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Krasna (director of career svcs., Evan Sch. of Public Affairs, Univ. of Washington) offers a guide to finding jobs in the public sector. She writes, "The definition of public service has broadened to include work within nonprofit organizations, universities, nongovernmental organizations, some parts of the public sector, and any other work that contributes to the public good. In this book, I define public service careers as those that make a significant contribution to solving problems in society or the world." Krasna covers careers in human services, health care, civil rights, education, worker protections, natural-resource management, parks and recreation, urban planning, transportation, financial resources, world international development, law enforcement, international security, and arts, culture, and religion. The book provides self-assessment exercises and work sheets to decide on specific career goals, along with case studies on those who have achieved success in public services. VERDICT First-time job seekers and career changers should benefit from Krasna's information. Her book fills a niche for those concentrating on working in the public sector.—Lucy Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593577872
  • Publisher: JIST Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 627,984
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Krasna, MS, is Director of Career Services for the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs. She has more than 10 years of experience as a career advisor and employer relations specialist in colleges and universities, and has helped more than 7,000 job seekers to find jobs and internships. She has a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from New School University and a Certificate in Adult Career Planning and Development from NYU, and has served on several nonprofit boards of directors. Heather recently wrote and won the Partnership for Public Service's Call to Serve grant, which is given to only five universities in the United States each year for the purpose of helping colleges promote federal government employment. She blogs weekly for the prominent government social networking site GovLoop. She is a member of the career directors' group of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Heather presents regularly to large groups concerned with careers in public service, most recently at the Washington State Nonprofit Conference.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Exploring Public Service Careers 1

A Career Exercises Caveat 1

Career Exploration Exercises 2

Researching Careers 19

Matching Your Skills and Interests with Careers 20

Handling Gaps 21

Chapter 2 Understanding Public Service Jobs in Every Sector and for Every Mission 25

Where Are the Public Service Jobs? 26

Jobs That Fit Every Mission 38

Chapter 3 Helping People Through Human Services and Health 61

Human/Social Services 61

Health 74

Chapter 4 Educating People and Defending Their Rights 83

Education 83

Workers' Rights 93

Civil Rights 96

Chapter 5 Protecting the Environment and Managing Infrastructure 103

The Environment 104

Infrastructure 118

Chapter 6 Managing and Developing Financial Resources 131

Community/Economic Development and Business Development 132

Commerce and Trade Regulations 138

Auditing, Accountability, and Evaluation 140

Government Finance 143

Corporate Social Responsibility, Fair Trade 143

Philanthropy/Foundations 144

Chapter 7 Helping the World: International Development, Relief, Relations, and Trade 147

International Relief and Development 148

International Relations and Educational Exchanges 152

International Trade 152

International Environmental Issues 154

International Law and Human Rights 155

International Jobs 155

Tips for Getting a United Nations Job 159

Chapter 8 Keeping People Safe 163

Intelligence and National/International Security 163

Defense and Military 167

Disaster Recovery and Emergency Preparedness 171

Protective Services: Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Fire Protection 174

Judicial and Legal Professions 181

Chapter 9 Working with Arts, Culture, and Religion 183

Arts and Culture 183

Arts and Culture Jobs 185

Religion 188

Chapter 10 Preparing for a Public Service Job Search: Resumes and Cover Letters 193

Assess Yourself 194

Research the Field 194

Develop a Resume 194

Create Cover Letters 212

Chapter 11 Identifying Public Service Opportunities: Networking and Navigating the Application Process 217

Getting Organized and Motivated 218

Identifying Job Opportunities 219

Applying for Jobs 232

Understanding the Federal Job Search 237

Applying for a Job in State Government 248

Applying for a Local Government Job 251

Getting Elected Yourself 252

Finding a Nonprofit Job 253

Chapter 12 Launching Your Public Service Career: Interviewing, Negotiating Offers, and Getting Promoted 257

Interviewing 258

Following Up After an Interview 270

Evaluating and Negotiating Job Offers 273

Making a Good First Impression 278

Aiming for Promotion 278

In Conclusion 282

Index 283

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Changed my life

    Heather Krasna's book literally changed my life. I spent months after graduating from university trying to figure out how to work in the non-profit sector with no luck. I randomly found her book at a store and thought "why not" and I've never regretted it. Not only does she give you great resources and information on different non-profit jobs, their functions, and other opportunities you might never have considered, but great resume and cover letter insights and absolutely fantastic interviewing questions.

    After reading her book, I found an amazing job at a well-known foundation and I credit her book. It was because I asked one of the interview questions she recommended that made me stand out to my previous manager and I got the job! I relocated recently and am re-using her wise advice all over with experience now.

    I highly recommend for students, recent graduates, and industry changers who are considering to work for the better good.

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