July 12, 2016

Looking for a job, try USAJOBS.gov

Baseball, hotdogs, parades, picnics and plenty of fireworks celebrate America's Independence Day, July 4th. Following the July 4th theme, I decided to dedicate a job post to finding and applying for government jobs. USAJOBS.gov is an official website of the United States Government. Think about it, the US Government has job positions in agriculture, archeology, the arts, banking & finance, information technology, communications, human resources and general management just to name a small basket of potential jobs that the government wants to fill so it can operate at full capacity.
OK, you are looking for a job, is this job search site worth taking the time to look at? Good question. Let me take you on a quick journey through this site. First, the entry page to  USAJOBS is designed to be efficient.  Besides the normal global search field options the USAJOBS site has a nice time saving category.  Four predetermined job position search groupings are hot linked below the search button. These groupings are Individuals with Disabilities, Veterans, Students and Recent Graduates, and Senior Executives. Just a side note, if you are looking for an internship or know someone that is, the Students link contains government internships.

Below the job category links is a banner called Spotlights, don't skip over this banner section as it can contain some really valuable information. Do you want a job by the end of July? In the banner section there is an announcement that the Department of Homeland Security is having a Job Fair on July 27-28, 2016 in Washington, DC.  The banner also explains how to garner an expedited interview. If you apply online by July 20th, 2016 and receive from the DHS an invitation to the job fair with an interview time slot, you could go to the interview and if you get selected for the job after the interview, you can be granted a conditional job offer on the spot. Again, nothing is guaranteed and you would have to travel to Washington, DC but who knows, you may end up with a job offer by the end of the month. However, for the DHS job and all others job positions, you must be a US Citizen. I mention this because a number of readers of my blog are from non-US countries.

Diving into the Students and Recent Graduates job positions there are a broad set of career options. Of course the job positions list changes week to week, however the current job openings are looking for individuals with the following skill sets during the week of July 4-8, 2016. If you have an educational background in the following you may want to take a look this site:   librarian, archeologist, realtor & real estate, forestry, education, environmental studies, engineering, statistics, information technology, finance, project management, or human resources; positions for all these were currently being listed on-line.

USAJOBS.gov offers an entire range of job openings that has opportunities beginning at student internships and ending with senior executives, it is worth checking out. You may also want to check out my blog for past posts on additional job related topics. Finally, check out my kindle ebook if you are looking for some extra advice on how to compose your skill sets in a manner that will maximize your chances to get an interview with the people who have the need for your talents. I realize that government jobs may not be exactly what you were looking for but it is a great place to learn some practical skills, make some money and beef up your resume. Who knows, you may even like your job and spend your career within government. Good luck and have a great month of July!