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Guide to America's Federal Jobs Fourth Edition

A Complete Directory of U.S. Government Career Opportunities

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Guide to America's Federal Jobs Fourth Edition
ISBN: 978-1-59357-654-7

Regular Price: $19.95

Special Price: $13.97

Pages: 448

Edition: Fourth

Copyright: 2009 JIST Works

Size: 8.5 x 11

Karol Taylor and Janet Ruck



The federal government offers some of the most exciting, cutting-edge job opportunities in the word of work, including careers in the FBI, NASA, and the National Science Foundation. Yet achieving one of these rewarding careers isn't easy. Job seekers must know how to navigate the federal job search process, which can be extensive and confusing.

Guide to America's Federal Jobs cuts through the complexity to help anyone interested in federal employment find and achieve the right opportunity. This extensive reference provides step-by-step guidance for applying for federal jobs; using the federal jobs website more productively; and writing competitive applications, resumes, and personal essays.

This edition spotlights applicants involved in the federal job-seeking process and depicts their application materials. With this updated, comprehensive resource readers have all the guidance they'll need to find jobs or advance their careers with the largest employer in the United States—the federal government!

Table of Contents

Part I: Find Your Opportunity in the Federal Government
Chapter 1: Why Work for the Federal Government
Chapter 2: Uncle Sam Wants You
Chapter 3: How to Find a Federal Job
Chapter 4: Writing a Competitive Federal Application

Part II: Federal Agencies and Departments

Part III: Special Hiring Authorities

Author Bio

Karol Taylor has more than 28 years of federal service, including 17 years in career advising,  and brings a broad perspective and insider expertise to the federal career management process, including knowledge and understanding of federal HR policies and procedures.

Taylor is a two-time recipient of the coveted Department of Health and Human Service’s Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Services. She also received numerous Assistant Secretary’s Awards from DHHS’s Administration for Children and Families, and a Federal Training Officer’s Award for innovative programming.

Working for a small government agency provided Taylor with experience in a broad scope of career counseling/advising services. To adapt to changing agency needs, she researched, developed, and implemented a unique Learning Action Plan styled after the Individual Development Plan. She also researched and developed a policy that addressed agency-identified career competencies. She participated as agency liaison to departmental initiatives where she helped create the award-winning HHS Emergency Leaders/Federal Career Internship Program.

Taylor has worked with federal employees to plan, analyze, and evaluate their careers. She assisted employees in addressing motivation and attitude issues, thus gaining insight into the skills they bring to the workplace and helping them meet job requirements.

She provides career-related workshops including federal job search, federal-resume writing, behavior-based federal interviewing, and KSA-writing skills for Baltimore County Workforce Development, Community College of Baltimore County, Prince George’s County Community College (PGCC), and PGCC’s Next Step Welfare-to-Work Program.

For the past four years, she has provided federal outplacement services for the Census Bureau, GSA, FAA, Comptroller of the Currency, FedServe, and DOD. She has provided on-site career counseling and consultant services, career workshops, outplacement assistance, and transition planning for top-level senior staff to clerical staff.

Janet Ruck is a career coach with many years of experience training and counseling students and adults in developing visions and goals for career choice and life passions. She retired from the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2003 as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service with a rank of captain.

During her federal career, she was granted one of the highest HHS awards for achievement of department and agency goals, management capability, and program and human resource development. She is a certified Job and Career Transition Coach with Master’s Degrees in clinical psychology and business administration.

In her private practice, Ruck assists adults in finding careers that best use their talents, skills, and passions. As a Senior Career Consultant and Trainer for a federal agency, she assists federal employees in writing resumes; finding work that fits them within the federal system; using her career transition services; and choosing a retirement career. She conducts workshops and provides consultation on career planning, interviewing, individual development planning, resume writing, and federal job search techniques.

Ruck regularly presents on networking, goal-setting, career management and job search techniques to a variety of audiences, including adults in transition, college seniors, college faculty, and university graduate students. She also leads a variety of workshops and presents at conferences.

She is the former president of the Maryland Career Development Association and served as its newsletter editor.

For interview requests or questions about Ruck or Taylor, contact Selena Dehne at sdehne@jist.com or (651) 215-7548.