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Guide to Federal Government Job Search

By Camille Carboneau Roberts

The U.S. Federal Government is a mammoth organization with jobs ranging from astronaut to zoologist and everything in between. As with most large organizations, policies and practices try to ensure consistency across all parts. When an organization is over 200 years old, those policies can be mammoth, too.

The U.S. Federal Government has a formal, methodical hiring process which tries to ensure fairness to all. Which means lots of rules, that must be followed and a process that must be navigated very carefully. Given the age of this organization, the process isn't simple, but it is well-documented.

Job-Hunt will try to break the process down into understandable steps, and guide you through it.

The Federal Government Job Search Process

  • Avoiding the Most Common Mistakes
    If your federal resume is not producing results, i.e., getting you the “best qualified” ratings, interview opportunities, and job offers, what do you do? Do not give up!
  • How to Escape the USAJOBs Resume "Black Hole"
    Are you wondering why you are not getting referred to the hiring official? Are you approaching the Federal job search as you would a private-sector job search? Are you applying at the last minute?


More About Job Search for Veterans

  • Online Job Search Guide for Veterans
    Re-entering the civilian job market after 3 or 30 years of service in the military (THANK YOU!) can seem daunting, even to the most battle-hardened warriors. Not to worry! You have faced - and overcome - much tougher situations, starting with basic training a while ago!

More articles and resources will be added every month.  Come back to see what's new.

Good luck with your job search!

About the author...

Job-Hunt's Federal Job Search Expert, Camille Carboneau Roberts, established CC Career Services in 1989 to provide total career management services to help clients land jobs faster. Expert services include federal resumes, private sector resumes, military-to-federal resumes, and social media resumes and profiles. Contact Camille via email at, through LinkedIn, Twitter (@CamilleRoberts), or Facebook (CC Career Services).


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