7 Federal Job Search Myths Dispelled
By Daphne Houston
Are you wondering how to land a federal job? Have you been discouraged by naysayers? Are you wondering if the federal government is really hiring thousands of people? Well that one I'll answer now. YES! So if you are not incorporating federal jobs in your job search strategy it's likely you have been misinformed about the process and about the reality of the federal job market. Here are 7 more myths I'd like to dispel to help you conquer your federal job search.
1. Myth: All government jobs are in Washington, DC. Fact: Only 15% of federal jobs are actually in DC. That means 85% of the federal jobs are outside of DC throughout the US and the rest of the world.
2. Myth: Federal government salaries are low.Fact: Actually, government salaries have risen faster and higher than private sector salaries. In most cases you will find they are very competitive. In fact, it's been reported from 2000 to 2008, the pay for federal civilian employees skyrocketed 57%, while the pay for workers in the private sector grew by only 31%. And the White House recently proposed a 1.4% pay increase for federal employees.
3. Myth: To get into the federal government you have to be connected; all the jobs are wired. Fact: If that was the case, then the government wouldn't currently have over 60,000 job openings worldwide. Don't you think the people that know the current government workforce would have networked their way in if that was the case? Networking always helps. But my federal resume writing team has helped hundreds of clients land federal jobs that were not networked.
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