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How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job: Your Complete Guide to Opportunities, Internships, Resumes and Cover Letters, Application Essays (KSAs), Interviews, Salaries, Promotions and More! Paperback – Print + CD, September 3, 2008

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Editorial Reviews


"Peppered with cartoons and a touch of wit, Whiteman's book is the layman's field guide to a federal job search." —Roll Call

"An easy read using everyday language, Whiteman explains the often difficult and hard to navigate human resource system within the government, making it easy for both the neophyte and the well-seasoned government expert to move through the book with limited bumps and hurdles.” —OhMyGov!

"Overall, a broad and optimistic view of federal jobs and the employment process that should both prepare readers for the job hunt as well as inspire them." —Career Opportunities News

"From lesser-known ways of finding openings to negotiating salary and getting quickly promoted, this is an outstanding guide recommended for any library strong in job opportunities and career guidance." —Midwest Book Review

Book Description

With over 40 per cent of the federal government's 1.6 million employees retiring over the next 10 years (including about 90 per cent of senior managers), this is the perfect time for job seekers to land top-paying, secure and dynamic federal jobs and for current federal employees to quickly climb the federal career ladder. Yet until now, no truly up-to-date or comprehensive book has existed to give readers comprehensive, practical advice on how to land a federal job, internship, or fellowship and how to land federal promotions.

Entertainingly written by a successful career coach who has climbed the federal career ladder herself as a hiring manager, this reader-friendly book steers prospective applicants through every stage of their job search -- from finding unadvertised openings to sealing enviable deals. This book draws on interviews with more than 100 other hiring managers. Including a companion CD filled with sample resumes and worksheets, this is the book to have whether you are seeking an internship, your first federal job or an executive promotion.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; Pap/Cdr edition (September 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814401724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814401729
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Yale graduate Lily Whiteman knows the federal hiring process from the inside out. As a federal career coach and hiring manager, she is an expert in navigating the federal hiring system and crafting successful applications. She has trained hundreds of professionals how to land federal jobs and promotions. And Whiteman practices what she preaches. Since 1991, she has used the techniques in this book to advance in four agencies, including the Vice President's National Partnership for Reinventing Government.

Lily Whiteman has participated in government job selections from every conceivable angle. She is a:

* Federal Career Coach: Lily has helped hundreds of professionals land jobs, earn promotions and enhance their communication skills. Currently based at the United States Mint, she leads popular seminars and provides one-on-one coaching on how to write resumes, application essays (KSAs) and cover letters, and how to ace interviews.

* Veteran of numerous federal selection panels: These experiences have given Lily first-hand, behind-the-scenes insights into how federal selection panels operate and how to win over these panels. Moreover, Lily has rounded out her own experiences by interviewing dozens and dozens of other federal hiring managers, whose advice is also included in Get Hired!

As a Career Coach, hiring manager and federal employee, Lily has reviewed piles and piles of federal job applications. She knows what works, what doesn't and why. She is an expert in:

* Steering federal job seekers through their confusion and around common application traps.

* Transforming forgettable, ho-hum applications into impressive, memorable applicatios that beat the competition.

* Translating her understanding of the federal selection process into accurate, practical and easy-to-follow guidance.

* Relating to federal job applicants with an insider's empathy and humor.

Lily is a sought-after freelance writer and speaker; she is known for her informative, entertaining approaches. Lily has led communications seminars and provided consulting services to many prestigious organizations, including the National Science Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Council of Science Editors. In addition, Lily has published more than 20 articles on communications and other topics in flight magazines, law journals and other national publications.

Lily earned a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University and completed graduate work in professional writing at Carnegie Mellon University. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By H. Anderson on November 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be of great value even though I used it in the hunt for a good position in the civilian world and not within the government.
A friend in the "G" gave me a copy of this book and told me that it was "hilarious." Granted, Ms. Whiteman has some funny cartoons in it and her style is an easy read. But more importantly, gave me the get-up-and-go attitude to put on my game face and apply for jobs with more than a modicum of confidence.
The book comes with a CD of resume templates and other useful cheat sheets, if you will. It helped me get my career organized in a tidy, presentable fashion. It also inspired me to produce some attention-grabbing cover letters that conveyed my skills persuasively and attractively in my application packets. After studying it, too, I felt that I was prepared for interviews, or I was after I conducted the practice sessions that she suggests where someone sits and asks you potential questions. It makes you think on your feet!
"How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job" made a world of difference in helping me stay away from vague and long-winded answers and I was finally able to connect with prospective employers, including the one that actually hired me just last week. Whew.
I would really recommend this book to any harried jobseeker, whether they want to work for the government or a company. And I plan on using it again in my efforts to move up in the world for an even better position down the road.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. Washington on May 20, 2010
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This is a really good book. However, I made the mistake of purchasing the Kindle version. For starters, the description of the book (even the physical book) does not list that there is a CD.It was only after I downloaded the Kindle version and started reading did I know there was a CD. That's because the author makes mention of the CD 50 million times in the book. As I read the book, I became more and more frustrated by the fact that many of the examples and templates I need are on the CD...which I do not have. It would have been nice if the information that was provided on the CD could have been provided digitally through the Kindle version as well. Now, in order to obtain the information, I will have to pay for the book, AGAIN, by buying the actual book with the CD. Needless to say I am beyond mad.

Don't waste your money buying the Kindle version.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By jayday on August 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
Other federal career guides are written by people who have either never worked for the government or are long retired. But this book is written by a very experienced, successful fed and career coach who knows the federal system inside out. As a result, this book is packed with savvy, insider advice available nowhere else about getting great government jobs and quickly moving up in the system. Plus, this book is written in a uniquely reader-friendly, engaging and even humorous style. I highly recommend this book to job-seekers of all levels and to current feds.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Diane on September 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
How I wish this book had been around when I began my federal service more than 20 years ago. For the first time, a book exists that compiles all the information candidates need to apply for their first federal job, or to apply for a better job if they are already in the system. What my husband and I found especially helpful are the worksheets. It is so much easier to write about a work experience using these outlines. It ensures that the narrative will follow a logical structure and reminded us not to leave out the most important points. With this book, my husband was able to revise his application into a much stronger document and I have updated my resume and related documents to be a step ahead for the next opportunity.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Quant Jockey on May 28, 2010
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I have to say this book is well written, concise, and practical. Whiteman conveys a clear, straightforward sense of what you need to do to get the application done and done right. The tip sheets, cheat sheets, and topics are organized very well; all major types of federal hiring are covered; the ins-and-outs of federal hiring are explained clearly; and the advice about the cover letter and other things an applicant has to include in their package to stand out are all great tactics. When using it for applying for a long-shot promotion, as I am already in the federal govt and ok with my current position, I was amazed how well my new and updated application looked (and not without a lot of work and effort on my part!). It brought me up to speed on writing the KSA's strategically and brought out my achievements much more visibly. I'm a fan of the examples of real pieces of applications included in the book. The CD is great, too, so don't lose it like I almost did. All in all, it feels like I had the right toolkit and the answers I needed to proactively and confidently apply; I just had to make it all happen and get it done. Even if I didn't the job, this book can serve as an essential 'playbook' in my survival kit for careering in the federal govt.

My only concern is that with new OPM regulations to overhaul the federal hiring process, how well will this book fare? Its great to have, but I'm sure the new rules, once implemented, will require a new version. Lily no doubt will make great efforts to provide the latest insights on what works in that new environment. I absolutely look forward to any new version she has to offer.
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