I read somewhere that the highest percentage of people earning a six figure income is working for the federal government.Â Nice.
And that number will probably grow, if current and projected federal government spending is any indication.Â While some would debate the question of whether there should be so many well paying jobs in the federal government, there is no question that you qualify; you should apply.Â So, Iâ€™d like to talk a bit about applying for a position with federal government.
The first thing (and the easiest) is to register online at www.usajobs.gov.Â This site is the portal to all available federal jobs in all agencies and departments.Â
Once you have registered, you can upload your resume, cover letter, personal information, etc. as you would any other job board like Monster.com.Â Likewise you can set parameters for having jobs that match your interest emailed to you daily, weekly â€“ whatever frequency you want.
You can also upload any documents, say DD214 if military, or whatever you think is germane to your applications.
Once you get into the search mode, you can set search parameters to show what you want â€“ be in geographical location, international, pay grade, salary range, departments, agencies, keywords, etc.
When you apply, you will either be sent to a rolling questionnaire site through usajobs.gov or be redirected to the applicable agency.
When you apply for grades that are grade 12/13 or higher, which would be 60K or 70K, I suppose; you will most likely have to answer a lengthy list of questions.Â Your answers are very important.Â Take time to write them out on separate word processer, proof, then paste into answer blocks.
Based the answers, you will be evaluated and should received a letter stating whether you score high enough to move forward.Â
If you do, you will most likely do an initial phone interview; unless you live near DC (then it is possible they may call you in).
Once you make it pass the phone interview, then the rest is similar to any other job interview process.Â You will get called into meet progressive higher placed people.Â
Of course, with federal govt. jobs, not only do you have background checks, you may also have security clearance checks too.Â So, if you have concerns, then these jobs may not be right for you.
Fairly straightforward, just go to www.usajobs.gov and get started.