The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Government Jobs by The Partnership for Public Service

By The Partnership for Public Service

Bail your self out with employment possibilities.

In those turbulent occasions while inner most organizations are in difficulty, the em­ployer that looks delivering the main strong employment possibilities is the general public zone. With the full Idiot's Guide(r) to Getting govt Jobs, readers will tips on how to navigate the govt. program procedure to discover strong employment possibilities on hand from county municipali­ties in addition to kingdom and federal agencies.

?Includes suggestion on drafting resumes suited for the categorical specifications of the hiring agency

?How to accomplish the right program so much effectively

?Methods of selling an applicant's abilities within the executive sector

?Search instruments for presidency activity web pages

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Chapter 3: Overseas Jobs 31 Foreign Service Exam The Foreign Service Exam is a required step to work in the Foreign Service for the State Department and is given several times a year in multiple cities across the country and around the world. The entire process—if you pass each stage—can take from 9 to 11 months. The good news is that the State Department is very clear about what the process is and notifies applicants along the way about whether or not they are still in contention. It is similar to the bar exam that one must take to become a licensed lawyer.

Revolving door of leadership. One complaint that some government employees have is that, while government work is not inherently political, it is affected by politics. A political appointee’s “here today, gone tomorrow” nature can be a challenge, even when they are well received by an agency’s workforce. For example, when a President’s political appointee comes in to an agency and does a good job, his or her peers are frustrated when he or she leaves, only to be replaced by another appointee with different priorities and a different idea of how things should be done.

In fact, that is only the first step in the process. If you pass the written test, you will be asked for a personal narrative and then undergo an oral assessment. 1. A written test. Divided into four sections, the written exam takes about three hours and is the second step (after choosing a career track) toward becoming a Foreign Service Officer. It includes an essay (you’ll be able to use a computer), English expressions (basically a grammar test), job knowledge (a variety of questions on foreign and domestic policies, culture, government, and so on), and a biographic questionnaire (information about you).

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