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Working for the Federal Government

CATEGORY: Tips on Entering a New Industry
POSTED: July 20, 2011 at 7:16 pm

If you are currently searching for a job, have you considered the federal government as a potential employer? With rampant downsizings and job instability seemingly everywhere, the federal government has several advantages over private employers. For instance, did you know that the government is the nation’s largest employer? Or that the Department of Labor predicts a wealth of government jobs will open as baby boomers begin to retire over the next decade? While competition can be heavy and the application process can be a bit daunting, landing a federal job offers stability, opportunities for advancement, and great benefits. If you’re still not convinced, here are some other reasons a federal job is worthy of consideration.

  • Debt reduction. While the options vary according to profession and the agency you’re working for, the federal government offers several student loan repayment and loan forgiveness programs.
  • Jobs are everywhere. According to the Department of Labor, 85% of federal employees work outside the Washington, D.C. area. Federal employees are placed all over the globe. No matter where you’re located, you will likely find available federal positions close by.
  • The pay is good. There is a misconception that federal jobs are low paying. With the exceptional benefits, pay increases, and competitive wages, federal jobs are comparable to the private sector in most professions.
  • Flexible hours. The majority of government jobs offer flexible working hours or the option to work partially from home, depending on the position.
  • The federal government needs almost every kind of trade and skill. No matter your training and professional background, chances are there are government jobs available in your profession. The federal government hires people for positions in art, writing, teaching, forestry, science, research, foreign language, and the list goes on.

If these perks aren’t enough to convince you, consider this: working for the federal government is a service to your country.  Yes, that’s right. People often say they want to “give back” or “make a difference in people’s lives”. Well, if you’re a federal employee, you are giving back. You’re working in a profession that addresses the needs of the nation.

With all of these advantages, there’s really no reason not to consider a federal job if you’re actively seeking employment.

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