Civil Service Handbook

Civil Service Handbook

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For those aspiring to the nearly 300,000 new civil service jobs this year, the Civil Service Handbook offers job descriptions and eligibility requirements for 100+ federal, state, and municipal jobs. The book features a tear-out copy of the QF 612 Optional Application for Employment and sample questions that show what to expect on the exams and full explanations of the answers. The book also contains a full-length practice U.S. Postal Service exam, sample questions from the Biographical/Achievement Inventory, and an internet directory to federal, state, and local job opportunities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780028635415
Publisher: Peterson's
Publication date: 01/01/2000
Series: ARCO Civil Service Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: How This Book Helps You Launch a Career in Civil Servicevi
Part 1The Best Job for You in Government
Deciding If a Government Career Is Right for You3
The Advantages of Government Work3
The Disadvantages of Government Work7
Comparing Public-and Private-Sector Employment9
Deciding On the Best Job for You12
Launching Your Federal Government Job Search13
General Job Categories and Programs Available at the Federal Level13
How to Find Federal Jobs That Are Right for You15
Making Contact: How and Where to Track Down Actual Job Vacancies17
The Anatomy of a Federal Job Announcement: What to Look For and How to Use It18
Selected Jobs in Federal Employment20
Making Your Way Through the Application Maze28
Examinations for Federal Civil Service Jobs29
Putting Together Your Federal Job Application31
Giving Yourself the Edge in the Federal Hiring Process31
Federal Application Forms32
Crafting Your Application to Match Career Area and Agency Standards34
"Before" and "After" Examples of Federal Job Applications36
Samples of Completed Application Forms38
How to Give Yourself the Edge Filling Out a Federal Job Application71
Part 2Getting a Job with the U.S. Postal Service
Working for the U.S. Postal Service75
What Is It Like to Work for the U.S.P.S.?75
The Types of Jobs Available in the Postal Service78
Finding Out About Postal Service Job Openings89
Applying for Postal Service Jobs90
The Facts About Postal Service Examinations91
The Principal Exams Used by the U.S.P.S.91
How the Exams Are Administered94
How the Postal Service Uses Exam Results94
How to Give Yourself the Edge Taking the U.S.P.S. Exam95
Part 3Getting State and Municipal Civil Service Jobs
Finding Jobs with Your State or Municipal Government99
The Types of Jobs Available at the State and Local Level99
Duties of Some Common State and Local Civil Service Job Categories100
Salaries for State, County, and City Jobs101
The Qualifications That Will Help You Land a Civil Service Job102
Finding Out About Job Openings103
How to Give Yourself the Edge Getting a State or Local Job105
Sample Civil Service Job Announcements at the State and Local Level107
State Bank Examiner Trainee, Bank Examiner107
State or Municipal Correction Officer108
State or Municipal Social Worker112
State or Municipal Clerical/Secretarial Positions113
State Assistant Fire Marshal, Fire Marshal in the Department of Public Welfare115
State or Municipal Computer Specialist (Data Base Administration)116
State or Municipal Public Health Assistant118
State Electrical and Mechanical Engineers119
State or Municipal Exterminator122
State Laundry Washman and Supervisor124
State or Municipal Consumer Services Specialist Trainee125
State or Municipal Bus Maintainer127
State or Municipal Life Actuaries129
Part 4Examination Preparation
How to Prepare Yourself for Civil Service Examinations133
Understanding the Exam Announcement133
Some Questions (and Answers!) About the Exam134
How to Give Yourself the Edge Taking Civil Service Examinations136
Preparing for Multiple-Choice Tests137
Reading-Based Questions138
Judgment Questions155
Communication Skills Questions158
Other Test Topics161
Sample U.S. Postal Service Examination--Exams 470 and 460171
Practice Test172
Correct Answers: Full-Length Practice Examination195
Evaluate Yourself201
Evaluate Your Score202
Biographical/Achievement Inventory203
Important Civil Service Employment Contacts207
Webliography of Federal Employment Web Sites213
Federal Occupations That Require Examinations215
Glossary of Civil Service Hiring Terminology223

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