When looking for a job, job seekers often overlook a great source of jobs, Federal and local governments. These jobs are not just in the military or in politics. Most job titles that are in the private sector have similar positions within government agencies and departments. For instance there are plenty of jobs for clerks, assistants, information technology managers, teachers, nurses, secretaries, information security, science research, financial services, RN’s, doctors, surgeons, attorneys and safety technicians.
Within county government are occupations such as police officers, correctional officers, urban planners, tax examiners and fire fighters. Why seek a government job? Advantages are benefits, salary, student loan repayment and job security. Labor union membership ensures a higher than average wage. With thousands of employees getting ready to retire, now is the time to apply. Here is how to find a government opportunity.
Where to Look
If you are looking at Federal government jobs, then visit USA Jobs.gov. If you are a U.S. citizen, you can search thousands of listings by title, agency and location. There are opportunities for all skills, education and experience levels. Look and see if the jobs are classified as competitive, excepted or senior. Excepted positions are offered by agencies that can ask for their own preferred qualifications, rather than criteria set by U.S. code. Also take note of GS codes. Federal government jobs have GS codes. A GS-1 doesn't require a high school diploma. A GS-4 requires an Associate Degree, and a GS-5-7 requires a Bachelor's degree. Take note of the deadline to apply and jot down the announcement number. Each listing will give different instructions on how to submit your information. There might be a test or a questionnaire to fill out.
Besides looking at USA Jobs.gov, you can go directly to U.S. department’s websites. Take a look at the Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and the Department of the Treasury. Don’t forget that there are other options too, such as the TSA, Airforce, Army, Marine, Navy, National Guard, National Parks, Post Office, clearance jobs and government internships. Intern jobs are often paid positions with the Department of State, Dept. of Defense, Dept. of the Interior and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Some of these internship jobs are provided through the Pathways program and demand that the applicant be a student pursuing a degree who meets all of the other criteria.
Even though Federal offices maintain satellite locations in many towns, state and county government jobs might be more accessible to you and nearer to where you live. You will find opportunities in public safety and in social and health services. Visit your State Department of Labor’s website to see current openings.
Start Searching Today
It is a great idea to search town, city, county and state websites for government job openings. Public employees will always be needed to support the infrastructure that makes up our towns and cities. Services such as parks, lakes, fire safety, jails, community college, highways, libraries, bridges, schools, water, beaches, and law enforcement require a huge workforce.
Don’t wait to take a look at government employment announcements. Once you have a job you will have excellent benefits such as health insurance, dental, tuition reimbursement, vacation time, sick time, life insurance and even retirement benefits.