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Are Resumes Necessary for Government Jobs?

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Resumes are essential for finding private sector jobs. As more government organizations have adopted online application systems, more job postings no longer require applicants to submit resumes. This leave applicants wondering if they even need to keep a resume handy. 

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Gather Information While Interviewing for a Job

Wednesday April 16, 2014

While it may not seem like it, a job interview is a two-way street. Obviously, the hiring manager wants to know about about the candidate. It is just as important for the candidate to learn about the hiring manager and organization. One of the best ways to do this is for candidates do this by asking questions during the job interview.

Hiring managers want candidates to ask questions. Among other things, asking questions shows the hiring manager that a candidate is interested in the job.

The information a candidate can gather in an interview is much richer than what can be gathered during pre-interview research. Most of face-to-face communication is nonverbal, so the candidate can learn more than what the interviewer necessarily wants to reveal. Candidates can see if the verbal communication matches the non-verbal communication to get an idea of whether the answers provided are genuine. If the answers do not seem truthful, that should raise the candidate's suspicions about the hiring manager and employing organization.

Read more: Why You Should Ask Questions in a Job Interview

Parks Requirement Maintenance to Retain Value

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Parks are valuable assets to a community. To provide their maximum benefit, they must be maintained. The public servants responsible for this duty are parks maintenance workers.

Maintenance requires more than just mowing lawns. Depending on a park's purpose, it may need flowerbeds weeded, sidewalks repaired, playground equipment inspected, parking lots striped or all other sorts of tasks.

Under the oversight of parks maintenance supervisors, workers perform their duties with caution to ensure their own safety and the safety of those around them. They inspect their tools and power equipment before, during and after operation to keep them running at peak performance and safety.

Read more: What Does a Parks Maintenance Worker Do?

Interlocal Agreements Increase Efficiency

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Interlocal agreements are contracts between two or more local government organizations created with the goal of providing more efficient or more cost-effective services to citizens. These agreements prevent governments from providing the same services to the same citizens. Taxpayers appreciate paying for a service once instead of two or more times.

One example of an interlocal agreement is when a police department provides uniformed police officers to patrol schools and investigate criminal activity on and around campuses. School resource officers are employed by police departments, but school districts reimburse police departments for those officers' salaries and benefits.

Interlocal agreements define the responsibilities of the government organizations involved. If any money is to be exchanged, those terms are clearly documented.

Talk about Fit on Job Applications

Tuesday April 8, 2014

When hiring managers look at job applications, they are less concerned with how a position will fit with a person's career goals than they are about how the person will fit with the position and organization. Therefore, applicants need to talk less about why they want the job and more about why they fit with the job.

Managers want qualified applicants; however, managers are willing to take on a less talented individual if that individual is a better fit in terms of personality and work habits. Employers can train new hires on the knowledge, skills and abilities required, but personality and work ethic cannot be trained.

Read more: Think Like a Manager When Applying for Jobs

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