The Book of U.S. Government Jobs: Where They Are, What's Available & How to Get One


The federal sector continues to grow and expand. This new edition offers job seekers all of the tools necessary to land a high paying civil service job. The federal government is this country's largest employer with just under 3,000,000 civilian workers averaging $81,258 a year in salary, not counting attractive benefits. Discover where the jobs are, how to apply, and most importantly where to find them. This totally revised and updated edition includes numerous resources for exploring careers and locating job ...
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The federal sector continues to grow and expand. This new edition offers job seekers all of the tools necessary to land a high paying civil service job. The federal government is this country's largest employer with just under 3,000,000 civilian workers averaging $81,258 a year in salary, not counting attractive benefits. Discover where the jobs are, how to apply, and most importantly where to find them. This totally revised and updated edition includes numerous resources for exploring careers and locating job vacancies nationwide and overseas. Readers will find a comprehensive federal application guide with sample resumes and the 11th edition is totally updated throughout and interspersed with the author's and editor's personal perspectives gained from a combined 100 years of government service. Jobs will be available at thousands of locations and in hundreds of occupations, entry level to professional. Few employers can match the wide range of career opportunities and job security that government offers.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

An invaluable how-to guide for landing a federal position, this book is updated every two years in order to incorporate the newest procedural details. Former federal-employee hiring specialist Damp (Post Office Jobs) breaks the recruitment process into 12 essential chapters, offering an elemental introduction, application and interview advice, civil service exam samples, and, finally, "Employment Secrets." To speed comprehension, information is often bulleted, and Damp frequently reproduces and explains entire sample resumes and job postings. With its logical arrangement and thorough explanations, this book will prove a vital resource for any federal job seeker.
—Savannah Schroll Guz

Library Journal
About 2.5 percent of the work force is employed by the federal government, with a high percentage of the new employees hired each year being professional and technical workers. In The Book of U.S. Government Jobs, Damp, the author of numerous books on government careers, walks job seekers through the federal hiring process. This seventh revision follows the same arrangement as its predecessor but includes updated statistics, added electronic tools, a discussion of new application forms, a revised picture of the federal job outlook, and some expanded sections. Chapters provide a good overview of qualifications, pay, and benefits; requirements for civil service exams; veteran preference considerations; opportunities for the disabled; and interviewing tips. The text is visually enhanced with a good use of bold topic headings, boxes, margin comments, and tables. Recommended for academic and public library career collections. [BOMC alternate.] Post Office Jobs notes that the U.S. Postal Service employs more workers than any Fortune 500 company, with over 40,000 positions opening each year. This book aims to help applicants identify job openings, match their skills to job classifications, provide information on when and where to take qualifying exams, and deal with applications, r sum s, and interviews. Following an overview of the USPS and its hiring process, types of jobs, and benefits, a large portion of the book is devoted to how to take qualifying exams, with sample questions and answers. Brookhaven Press extends and updates information for these titles and their other career books by hot-linking to federal agency employment web sites from its own site ( for public libraries.--Stanley P. Hodge, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, IN Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Journal of Economic Literature
Presents realistic job search strategies and viable options to landing a job with the U.S. government and guides job seekers through the maze of the federal hiring process. Revised and updated to reflect the most current requirements and procedures...
Jim Pawlak
"...A great guide through the federal maze of agencies and opportunities here and abroad
Work Life
Mainstream Magazine
For anyone seeking employment with the government, The Book of U.S. Government Jobs provides a clear roadmap through the federal maze. Getting to your destination — a job — will be a whole lot easier with the help of this book
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780943641263
  • Publisher: Bookhaven Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Series: Book of U. S. Government Jobs Ser.
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 863,136
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Damp is the author of 25 books and writes from first-hand experience, he spent 35 years working for Uncle Sam. Damp's titles have been featured, reviewed and recommended by Library Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal and he has appeared on hundreds of radio talk shows and on the CNN Your Money show.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Chapter One
Introduction to Government Employment  1
    Nature of Federal Employment  4
    Working Conditions  8
    Employment  8
    Occupations  9
    Training and Advancement  11
    Outlook  13
    Getting Started  14 
    Pay & Benefits  15
    Career Development  17
    Locating a Job  19
    Educational Requirements 20
    Civil Service Exams  22
Chapter Two
Understanding the Federal Employment Process 23
    Competitive Examinations  23 
    Determining Your Eligibility  24
    General & Specialized Experience  24
    Written Tests  24
    Job Series  25   
    The Federal Register  26 
    Case Examining & Direct Hire  27
    Applying for Federal Jobs  27 
    How Jobs Are Filled  29
    Noncompetitive Appointments  29 
    Reinstatement  30 
    Annual Salary Rates  31
    Pay System  32
    Sample Qualification Standard  33
Chapter Three
What Jobs Are Available 39
    Improving Your Chances  40
    Common Job Sources  41 
       Job Openings  42 
       Job Hotlines  43
       Internet Web Sites  44  
       Directories  47
       General Information  49
    Federal Personnel Departments  52 
    Employment Types  54 
    Equal Employment Opportunity  56  
    Employment Options  56
    Student Employment Opportunities  57 
    The Largest Occupations  60
    Engineering Conversions  63
Chapter Four
The Interview Process 65
    Informational Interviews  65
    Employment Interviewing  68   
    Before the Interview  70
    During the Interview  71
    Illegal Questions  76
    After the Interview  76
Chapter Five
Civil Service Exams 79
    Professional and Administrative Positions  79
    Basic Qualifications  82
    Outstanding Scholar Program  82  
    Sample Test Questions (Administrative)  83
    Clerical Tests  89
    Sample Clerical Test Questions  93  
Chapter Six
Completing Your Employment Application 97
    Required Information  98
    Job Information  99
    Personal Information  99
    Education  100
    Work Experience & Other Qualifications  100
    Agency Forms  101
    Optional Job Application Methods  102
    Computer Generated Applications  102
    Instructions for OF-612  104
    Job Announcement  106
    Applicant Check List  109
    Management Analyst Announcement  110
    OF-612 Application Sample  119
    KSAOs Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Factors  128
    Selective Factors  129
    Instructions for Addressing KSAOs  130
    Sample KSAOs  132
    KSAO Checklist  136
Chapter Seven
Veterans & Military Dependent Hiring 137 

    Veterans Preference  138
    Veterans Employment Opportunities Act  140
    Veterans Recruitment Appointments (VRAs)  142
    Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)  145
    Military Dependent Hiring Programs  146  
    Military Spouse Preference Program  146
    Family Member Preference  148 
Chapter Eight
Overseas Employment Opportunities 151
    Conditions of Employment  152
    Physical Examinations & Other Requirements  152
    Applying for an Overseas Job  154  
    Overseas Federal Job Sources  155
        Job Openings  155
        Periodicals with Job Ads  155
        Job Hotlines  156
        Internet Web sites  157
    Hiring Agency Directory  158
Chapter Nine
The U.S. Postal Service 165
    Employee Classifications  166
    Qualification Requirements  167
    Entrance Exams  167
    Application Procedures  168
    Postal Clerks & Mail Carriers  170
       Nature of the Work  170 
       Working Conditions  171 
       Employment/Training/Other Qualifications  172
       Job Outlook/Earnings  173
Chapter Ten
Employment Opportunities for People With Disabilities 177

    Hiring Options  178
    People with Severe Physical Disabilities  179
    People with Mental Retardation  180
    People with Psychiatric Disabilities  180 
    Temporary Limited Appointments  181
    Special Accommodations  183
    Appointment Criteria  184
    Common Job Sources  185
    Associations and Organizations  189
Chapter Eleven
Law Enforcement & Home Land Security Careers 191
    Homeland Security  191
    Law Enforcement  193
    Working Conditions  195
    Employment  195
    Law Enforcement Occupations  197
    Training and Qualifications  198
    Job Outlook  200
    Earnings  200
    Resources  211
    Qualification Standards for Largest Occupations  202
        Correctional Officer GS-0007  203
        Criminal Investigator GS-1811  206
    Security Screening Positions  211
Chapter Twelve
Employment Secrets 213

    Apply Early  213
    Apply Frequently  214
    Locate All Job Vacancies  215
    Training and Experience  217
    Keys to Success  217
Appendix A - Job Hunters' Checklist 219
Appendix B - Federal Service Centers & Executive Boards 223
Appendix C - Federal Agency Contact List 229
Appendix D - Federal Occupation Lists 249
Appendix E - Agency Skills Index 265
Index   273
Career Resource Catalog  277

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This updated edition features the many changes in government since America was attacked on September 11, 2001. Significant reorganizations have taken place in many agencies and one entirely new department, Homeland Security, was established to consolidate law enforcement and security functions to protect America and support the war on terror.

Homeland Security has had a major impact on the federal landscape. This new agency includes four major directorates: Border and Transportation Security, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Science and Technology, and Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection. Twenty two agencies transferred significant operational functions and personnel to Homeland Security over the last several years. This consolidation of functions is one of the administration's major initiatives since September 11th to ensure our safety at home, and it is the first new department in federal government since the 1940s.

The impact of this reorganization and the increased security requirements in all agencies have changed government demographics. The federal government employment trend has increased slightly since 2001 for the first time in over a decade. An entire chapter is devoted to law enforcement and Homeland Security careers and the many job opportunities that are now available in the government's third largest agency. Homeland Security employs more than 149,000 people in hundreds of occupations.  
Many other changes were implemented since the eighth edition was published. Agencies, across the board, are experimenting with or have implemented "pay for performance" programs. What this means to potential federal employees is that you might not be paid under the General Schedule pay system. There are benefits to these new pay for performance systems, however. Many people are concerned about the long-term effect of doing away with the General Schedule pay steps that guaranteed workers regular pay increases throughout their careers.

Decentralization continues to evolve in the federal sector. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was originally the central human resource department for most agencies. Today, many agencies recruit and advertise their own job vacancies. Decentralization has created new challenges for those seek-ing federal employment. Job seekers may have to visit specific agency Web sites to locate all current job vacancies in their areas. Internet services such as offer hot links to hundreds of federal recruitment sites.

The federal government's total civilian workforce as of March 2004 was 2,704,950, a slight increase in total employment since the last edition of this book. Currently 34% of the workforce is eligible to retire, and in the next year approximately 50% of the workforce will be eligible for either regular or early retirement. This will create significant employment opportunities for anyone interested in working for Uncle Sam. New, simplified application screening processes are being used in some agencies, and many jobs can now be applied for online. In the Executive Branch from 1998 through 2002, the federal government averaged 431,565 new hires each year to replace employees who transferred to other jobs, retired, or stopped working for other reasons. Many job opportunities are available for those willing to seek them out.

The ninth edition of The Book of U.S. Government Jobs explains these changes and their impact, to help you land the job you want in government. You will learn about application methods and options, Internet connections, agency phone numbers, job listing services, forms and procedures, viable networking techniques, and much more. You will also find comprehensive instructions on how to complete your job application and step-by-step instructions on how to complete required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs) statements. A new section was added to cover Homeland Security  careers. The new ninth edition provides abundant resources for you to locate government jobs.

If you're looking for good pay with excellent benefits, pursue the federal job market. The average annual salary for all full time employees now exceeds $55,932, and you can work at thousands of stateside locations and overseas. Use this book's resources, including the Job Hunter's Checklist in Appendix A, to begin your personal job search.

A special thanks must go to Robert A. Juran and Michelli Macie, the two editors that we used for this edition. Mr. Juran's extensive copy-editing back-ground and professionalism was especially helpful.

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    This is one of the best resource guides into applying for federal jobs that I have been able to find. I have gotten past issues at the library and found it was very helpful in understanding the qualifications and the job announcements. I wish the author could provide more information for civilians wanting to apply for the military and understanding the pay grades for positions. Applying for a Federal job is different and time consuming and this book and past issues of the book have made things easier.

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