How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job is the ultimate guide to securing a government job, internship, or fellowship. Written by a successful career coach who has climbed the federal career ladder herself and served as a hiring manager, the book steers applicants through every stage of their job searches—from finding unadvertised openings and getting interviews to sealing enviable deals and even get ting promoted.
Drawing on interviews with more than 100 federal hiring managers, the book reveals the secrets to impressing these gatekeepers online, on paper, and in person—information that is available nowhere else. The updated second edition includes more get-ahead tips; new templates for writing winning applications; expanded directories for internships, fast-track management training programs and fellowships; and the latest helpful websites.
Complete with a companion CD filled with sample résumés, checklists, and templates, this indispensable book gives readers the inside scoop on landing some of the nation’s most secure, well-paying, and rewarding jobs—in all 50 states and abroad!
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Praise for How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job:
“I wish that Lily Whiteman’s ground-breaking book had been around when I was in grad school. The book provides the essential toolkit for anyone interested in cracking open the federal hiring process. An invaluable resource to be used throughout your career. You won’t find another book on the market with more honest, relevant advice for landing your dream job in the federal government.”
— Katherine Hudson Walker, Past President of Young Government Leaders
“This is the perfect book for anyone wanting to get into the federal government for the first time, or for current feds seeking promotions and jobs in the senior executive service. Providing previously unavailable ‘behind the scenes’ information and resources, this book has it all. Plus, its fresh writing style entertains and educates. If you buy one book on federal jobs, make it this one!”
— Cory Edwards, Creator of Career Directors International’s Certified Federal Résumé Writer Certification Program
Which employer is continually hiring everyone from new grads to seasoned professionals no matter how the economy is doing? The federal government—that’s who!
The federal government offers some of the most secure and highly paid jobs around. And with a whopping 200,000 people hired each year both nationwide and overseas, the federal government is the nation’s largest employer. But federal jobs are not always easy to get—especially if you approach the job-search process the same way you would for private sector employment. Federal employment requires a different set of strategies and behind-the-scenes information on what really works and what doesn’t.
Now you can find out exactly what it takes to nail a great federal job, internship, or fellowship with the all-new second edition of this bestselling classic. Written by a federal career coach and columnist with decades of personal experience climbing the federal career ladder herself, How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job is the ultimate insider’s guide to successfully navigating every stage of the federal job search. You’ll find all-new information on how to:
•Locate every appealing job or promotion for which you qualify—including unadvertised openings.
•Impress federal hiring managers online, on paper,
and in person—crucial tips culled straight from the gatekeepers!
•Model your application materials on the most persuasive résumés and door-opening cover letters—each included on the accompanying CD.
•Negotiate a top salary (often tens of thousands of dollars a year above what is initially offered!)
•Pass formidable security clearance processes and expertly handle potentially deal-busting problems.
•Access special hiring programs for young professionals, women, veterans, and people with disabilities.
•Accelerate your rise up the federal career ladder—with pivotal advancement strategies available nowhere else.
Don’t let some of the best job opportunities pass you by! With this up-to-the-minute book and invaluable disc packed with résumés, templates, checklists, and tracking sheets, plus inside tips on how to painlessly write eye-catching, impressive application essays (all of which are also available for easy access online), you’ll beat out the competition to land a highly sought-after federal job—the best employment option available today!
Lily Madeleine Whiteman is a popular contributor to the “Jobs” section of The Washington Post, the career columnist of Federal Times, and a senior writer at the National Science Foundation, a federal agency. Whiteman’s career advice has been featured in many other national outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and U.S. News & World Report. She lives in Washington, D.C.