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About the Author

Karol Taylor has more than 28 years of federal service, including 17 years in career advising, Karol Taylor brings a broad perspective and insider expertise to the federal career management process, including knowledge and understanding of federal HR policies and procedures. Karol is a two-time recipient of the coveted Department of Health and Human Service's (DHHS) Secretary's Award for Distinguished Services. She also received numerous Assistant Secretary's Award from DHHS's Administration for Children and Families, and a Federal Training Officer's Award for innovative programming.

Janet Ruck is a career coach with many years of experience training and counseling students and adults in developing visions and goals for career choice and life passions. She retired from the federal Department of Health and Human Services in 2003 as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service with a rank of captain. During her federal career, she was granted one of highest HHS awards for achievement of department and agency goals, management capability, program and human resource development. She is a certified Job and Career Transition Coach with Master's Degrees in clinical psychology and business administration.

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Product Details

  • Series: Guide to America's Federal Jobs
  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Jist Publishing; 4 edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593576544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593576547
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anne S. Headley on May 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a career counselor in the Washington DC metropolitan area, I hear stories of frustration all the time from those who would be part of the federal workforce. The federal resumes (what's that?), the KSAs (what are they?), the dead silence after you submit your application... does it ever work? Is it possible?
Taylor and Ruck have tackled the subject one step at a time, making it seem much more possible. It's still daunting - always will be - but this book shows the reader that it can be done. After all, all those feds got their jobs somehow.
You read stories about how many jobs will be created by workforce retirement and how many have been added by stimulus funds. But how to find them? This book gives a number of clues, heavily focusing on the internet.
I think one of the best things the authors have done is sprinkle their book with definitions. Government-speak is like no other.
Try these: intermittent,7(a) lender programs, noncompetitive appointment.
Confused? You can get definitions in this book. And I didn't even mention acronyms, all duly explained.
The list of websites, presumably up-to-date and waiting for your visit, will keep you clicking to unearth information and job possibilities. And you will definitely appreciate the sample resumes, both print and electronically formatted at the end of the book.
Congratulations to Karol Taylor and Janet Ruck for providing a low-cost resource book that no career center, library, or interested job applicant should be without.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Waddell on August 17, 2009
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This book is simply extraordinary. It contains a wealth of information vital to anyone that is considering applying for a job in the federal government. The authors are clearly experts and have made every effort to pass their knowledge along in a clear and comprehensive manner.

I do not hesitate to give this book my highest recommendation!

BUY THIS BOOK!!
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Exploring career or internship possibilities in the United States Federal Government can be a daunting task. Applying for work with a competitive application, resume or web page can be especially demanding, filled with details and intrigue. Fortunately, The Guide to America's Federal Jobs by Taylor and Ruck can make the exploration and application process more understandable so that it can be approached more readily by people seeking positions. This book is well organized and serves as a gps for navigating federal jobs while providing an understanding of how the federal government employment process works. The book can be a friendly companion while also serving as an introduction to the vast plain that we call the federal government. The book also provides terrific resources for individuals with disabilities, veterans as well as students. I have a number of family members who have worked or are working in the federal government and I have suggested the book as a helpful resource. People who serve in career and employment counseling positions will also find the book useful as they attempt to guide their clients through the opportunities in the federal government.

Robert Chope, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Counseling
San Francisco State University
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I gave this to my grandson (recently graduated college) who was seeking work in the federal work force.

He later told me that it was an excellent source for seeking federal employment and has sent close to fifty resumes out as a result of using this book.

Bob Geluz
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