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By Phil Piemonte

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But what about you newbies out there?

As readers may have noticed, we had a flood of comments responding to the question: “How did you get your federal job?”

And judging from the responses, it seems the path into a federal job may have become less direct—and the application process less straightforward—as time went on.

But here’s a question for any recently hired federal employees out there—maybe folks who have come into the federal government over the last three years or so—how did you get onboard?

Job fair?

College recruiter?


Newspaper ad?


Which way worked for you?

Inquiring wannabe feds want to know!

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Oct 01, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Reader comments

Tue, Oct 12, 2010 D.W. Miller Michigan

I'm currently attending ITT-Tech for Computer Networking Systems. i already have a degree in Computer Systems Technology. my focus is getting Cisco CNNA certified, and rejoin the government to expand my skills or either teach them to soldiers and Sailors around the world. I', a 12 Navy Honorable discharged Desert Storm veteran. So Please let me know if and how to go about my path to return to the government as a civilian contractor and serving my country again

Thu, Oct 7, 2010 NO WHERE USA

I was discharged from the military in June 86, since there were no firefights in civilian life, I went into the only civilian job I learned in the mill. Corrections. I worked for the state for 2 yrs and moved to the Feds in 88. I had applied for several agencies and passed up opportunities with Customs and the USMS and numerous with the FBOP. Its been a good ride for 22yrs. I applied before computers and found job opening through a recorded message on the phone and applied on REAL PAPER with an INK PEN.

Mon, Oct 4, 2010 Kay Sequim, AZ

In 1960 I took the "civil service exam" -- an actual test to see if I was "qualified" to be a clerk in the Federal Government. I guess I was because after a few months, I got hired; and retired from CSRS 30+ years later.

Mon, Oct 4, 2010

In 1977 I applied for a Federal job by using the SF 171. After a month or so, I got a letter from the Federal Grain Inspection Service in Lutcher, LA offering me an Agricultural Commodity Grader's job, no interview, just report to the main field office and be prepared to start work the next day.
Almost 34 years later, still working, but with a different agency and counting the days to retirement. In retrospect, working for the Feds has been a long,tedious and stressful career that I wouldn't recommend to any newbie considering civil service. But on the other hand, the way private sector jobs are going these days, after 20 years and a comfortable lifestyle, many mid level managers are getting the axe and shopping for employement at 50 is no picnic.

Mon, Oct 4, 2010 long-term term

I was hired non-competitively under the Veteran's Re-employment Act into a permanent position. I then applied for and was selected (external list)for an indefinitely renewable term position, at about 50% higher pay. Took the higher pay due to being mid-career and not worried so much about permanent status.

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