Friday, December 16, 2011

Find Your Federal Job Fit By Janet M. Ruck, Karol Taylor

Find Your Federal Job Fit

Find Your Federal Job Fit
By Janet M. Ruck, Karol Taylor

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This new book is designed to help job seekers find the right federal job. The first part of this unique guide discusses how to find the right occupation through the career-planning process, develop a vision for your career, do self-exploration, develop needed skills, and create career goals. The second part overviews the federal government as an employer, including benefits and locations of jobs, how to match yourself to jobs and agencies, and the skills the government is seeking and in-demand federal jobs. The authors explain the federal job search process, with insider guidance on resumes, interviewing skills, informational interviewing, networking, distinguishing yourself, and common mistakes that federal job seekers make.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #491146 in Books
  • Published on: 2011-11-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .70" h x 5.90" w x 8.90" l, .80 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 256 pages
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About the Author
Janet M. 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 in 2003 as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service with a rank of captain.

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

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5Finally making an intelligence choice
By Anne S. Headley
Ruck and Taylor have said what the American workforce needs to hear: that conventional wisdom about "getting into the government and then transferring to something you like" doesn't work. It probably never did, but it certainly doesn't apply today.

Yet many schools, parents and well-meaning advisors still preach this to young people. Wait - there is a better way to achieve BOTH a federal job and an appropriate fit for your skills and experience.

Don't sweep floors for the IRS if you want to be at the State Department.
Don't be a nurse at the VA if you want evaluate drugs at the FDA.

You can't get there from here.

This little book shows you how to analyze your skills, experience and values. It introduces you to the mission and values of key federal departments and agencies. And it tells you how to find a match between you and a target job destination. As a career counselor, I know I will use this book with clients who need a wake-up call regarding federal employment.

The authors have included a great deal of information in this little book: samples of forms you'll need, a reminder of networking strategies, and more than a bit of self-analysis.

I think the authors have made a convincing case that the same care should go into the targeting of a federal job as it does in the private sector. You should understand the mission of the agency and the tasks of the position being advertised. And then go for the ones that fit you. See? It's the same logic you use in other aspects of job hunting.

When you have worked your way through this book, you'll never again think of federal employment as that giant place where you "get in" and then worry about the fit later. You can get it right from the beginning.


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