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Jobs That Matter

Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service

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Jobs That Matter
ISBN: 978-1-59357-787-2

Interest in public service careers has mounted substantially because thousands of people have shifted their focus away from corporate America to pursue jobs that are more secure and meaningful. Jobs That Matter empowers students, job seekers, and career changers to pinpoint the right public service careers for their interests and abilities. Readers will learn how to find great jobs in the local, state, and federal government, as well as in nonprofit or corporate organizations serving the public good.

To help readers score these jobs, this guide provides practical, results-oriented strategies on how to build and maintain a network; write powerful resumes and cover letters; stand out during the interview process; and more. In addition, this guide provides profiles of people in various public service careers, showing how they scored their jobs and what their jobs are like.

Readers will also discover how to succeed in their new public service career once they've landed a position. An eye-opening chapter offers readers suggestions for how to stand out and quantify their accomplishments to achieve promotions, and discusses specific policies related to promotions in certain government agencies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Where Can I Make a Difference? An Overview of Public Service
Chapter 2: Understanding Yourself and Finding Out Where You Fit In
Chapter 3: Which Organizations Deal with the Issues I Care About? Careers by Mission or Issue Area
Chapter 4: What Jobs Are Out There for Me? Careers by Job Type
Chapter 5: Job Search Tips and Tools: Resumes, Interviewing, and More
Chapter 6: Where the Jobs Are: How to Find a Public Service Job
Chapter 7: Special Job Search Tips for the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Chapter 8: I’ve Landed a Public Service Job—Now What? Succeeding and Getting Promoted

Author Bio

Heather Krasna, M.S., is the director of Career Services for the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs. She has more than 10 years of experience as a career adviser and employer relations specialist in colleges and universities, and has helped more than 7,000 job seekers find jobs and internships.

She has a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from New School University and a Certificate in Adult Career Planning and Development from NYU, and has served on several nonprofit boards of directors.

Krasna recently wrote and won the Partnership for Public Service’s Call to Serve grant, which is given to five universities in the United States each year to help colleges promote federal government employment.

She blogs weekly for the prominent government social networking site GovLoop. She is a member of the career directors’ group of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Krasna presents regularly to large groups concerned with careers in public service, most recently at the Washington State Nonprofit Conference.

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

"Finally, something really useful for non-profit jobs. I wish I'd written this book, but know I couldn't have done such a good job."
—Martin Yate, CPC, New York Times bestseller and author of Knock em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide

"I officially pronounce this book AWESOME. All the tricks I wish I had when entering public service. Heather is the tour guide du jour in the world of public service. A must read!"
—Steve Ressler, founder of Govloop.com

"With a range of in-depth looks at career fields, profiles of current professionals, and useful resources, Jobs That Matter is full of tools and tips."
—Steve Joiner, author, The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for Sector Switchers

"Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service is a must-have resource for those pursuing a career in public service."
—Antoinette A. Samuel, MPA CAE, executive director, American Society for Public Administration

"Reading this book is a smart step on the journey to both finding a fulfilling job and serving the nation."
—Max Stier, CEO and president, Partnership for Public Service