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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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"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
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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This book is indeed useful, and provides a wholesome approach to federal employment. Although the reader will need to consult more works in order to nail the KSA's and prepare his / her resume before starting to apply, Whiteman's book is choc-full of incredibly useful suggestions and insider tips found nowhere else. The best suggestions this book provides refer to interview techniques, salary negotiation, and actual resources to look for jobs, internships and fellowships. Because I am particularly interested in the Foreign Service, I found the chapter entitled "Going Global" (provided in the CD that accompanies the book) an invaluable resource. This same CD has countless more resources, such as templates to improve your KSA's, preparation for your interviews, resume templates, and useful articles the author has previously written for The Washington Post.
This was the first book I read about procuring federal employment and it left me with a global picture of the practice; however, I did find later on that certain aspects of the federal job search are barely skimmed, i.e. the analysis of keywords when applying for a vacancy announcement. Elements like this could mean a "make it or break it" deal for an application, and this book barely mentions them. Also, the process of the actual writing of the resume and KSA's is covered from a superficial angle when compared to other similar texts, such as Kathryn Troutman's "Ten steps to a federal job - How to land a job in the Obama Administration".
Nevertheless, the book provides an excellent starting point in the federal job search, especially in Chapter # 2, loaded with resources on where to look for such jobs. Did it help me get the job? Well... I must happily report that it did get me to an internship with the Department of State. We shall see what the future holds thereafter.
The book is well-written, easy to understand, and full of great examples and practical, easy to implement advice. The section on negotiating Federal job offers is especially useful. Lily Whiteman is a Federal employee, and her examples are based on her experience and those of the other Federal employees. The book is very valuable, and has been very helpful to me and many others. Whether you're looking to enter the Federal workforce or improve a current Federal employment role, this book is indispensable.
Don't waste your money buying the Kindle version.