Friday March 7, 2014
Job postings are all over the internet. Every job posting site looks just about the same. And most of them feel phony. They do not seem like the kind of websites into which you would put your personal information and professional history. They feel like scams. Fortunately, you do not need these sites when looking for government jobs.
You can go straight to the source for government jobs. At all levels of government, organizations post their jobs online. The federal government has USAJobs -- one site for all federal job postings. All states have similar sites. Local government jobs are a bit harder to find. You have to find the official sites for each jurisdiction, but if you know where you'd like to work, you can easily find what you need.
Read more: How to Find Government Jobs Online
Thursday March 6, 2014
For many government organizations, resumes are a thing of the past. Sure, USAJobs calls what a candidate inputs a resume, but it is really a job application as with any other online human resources system. Even though few organizations require resumes from applicants, do not totally forsake the resume.
Resumes are helpful for candidates as they complete job applications. Job applications force applicants into providing information in a format chosen by the organizations; resumes allow applicants to customize the way information is presented. By going through the process of creating a resume, applicants are better able to position themselves well while staying within the confines of the application form.
Read more: Are Resumes Necessary for Government Jobs?
Monday February 24, 2014
In government, nonprofits and businesses, travel expenditures are often one of the first targets leaders turn to for cuts. With technology like video conferencing and virtual meetings, those targets look more and more reasonable. Ten years ago, the technology wasn't good enough, but now, solid technology is affordable for many organizations.
The US General Services Administration has turned to crowdsourcing to analyze travel expenditure data to see where cuts can be made. The GSA is holding a contest with cash prizes for the best solutions. It wants "to bring a quantitative approach to the data the federal government collects in order to help agencies make smarter business decisions, and to allow them to drive greater saving and efficiencies."
You can read more in a Government Executive story.
Wednesday February 19, 2014
The Smithsonian Institution is a unique organization within the federal government. Housed in none of the three branches of government, the Smithsonian is a trust that was established by an act of Congress in 1846 several years after James Smithson bequeathed his estate for the establishment of an institution "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge."
The 6,000 or so employees who work at the Institution identify with this mission and the vision of "shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world." Regardless of job title, Smithsonian employees complete every task with this mission and vision in mind.
Read more: What it's Like to Work at the Smithsonian