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Red, White & Blue Jobs. Finding a Great Job in the Federal Government. Mark Brostoff Associate Director Undergraduate Career Services Kelley School of Business. A Call to Serve.

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    1. Red, White & Blue Jobs Finding a Great Job in the Federal Government Mark Brostoff Associate Director Undergraduate Career Services Kelley School of Business

    2. A Call to Serve • “Let public service be a proud and lively career. And let every man and woman who works in any area of our national government, in any branch, at any level, be able to say with pride and with honor in future years: “I served the United States government in that hour of our nation’s need.” John F. Kennedy 35th President of the United States

    3. Work for the Government? • Opportunity to serve your country • You can make an immediate impact • There’s a job for every interest • Did you know…? The federal government is the nation’s largest employer. • More than 1.8 million civilian employees in the federal government

    4. Make A Difference • Impact the lives of every American • Career training and development are part of the professional culture within the Federal workforce

    5. Government is Hiring • Private sector jobs shift with the prevailing economic winds • There are exciting opportunities in the federal government • Thousands of new federal employees hired in business, accounting and budget-related positions. • More than 250,000 jobs projected to be added in the new few years

    6. Find The Right Job For You • Thousands of jobs are available for almost every interest • Use your business skills to • protect the environment • strengthen the nation’s security • enhance international trade • help kids get a good education • fight crime http://career.usajobs.opm.gov/

    7. Build Your Resume • Serving you country can also serve your future as well. • Real hands-on experience immediately • Marketable skills doing work that matters

    8. Advance Your Career • Up to 50% of career Federal employees will be eligible to retire in the next few years. • Opportunities are great for advancement to senior level management faster than private sector • Promotion to leadership positions quicker than you might expect • Build a career you can count on

    9. Work Just About Anywhere • Hometown • 50 states • 180 countries where the US has an embassy or consulate • Examples include: • Department of Homeland Security • Customs and Boarder Protection • Federal Emergency Management • Federal Law Enforcement • Federal Protective Service • Information Analysis • United States Secret Service

    10. Get the Benefits of Government Work • Total package plans are competitive with those offered in the private sector. • Solid financial footing with a government job. • Unbeatable Benefits • Family-friendly work policies • Generous leave and holidays • Multiple investment options similar to 401(k) plan • Interagency mobility • Health Benefits • Retirement system • Life insurance • Long Term Care Insurance • Social Security • Professional development and more

    11. Continue Your Education • Government offers some of the best advanced education and training programs • Graduate degree or executive programs at local colleges and universities

    12. Work with People Who Reflect the Diversity of America • Leader in providing real opportunities for career growth to all Americans regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability. • Government wants the best and the brightest.

    13. Get a life! • Unlike many private sector employers, the federal government offers a variety of programs • Flexible work schedules to telecommuting • Makes life easier for its employees • Opportunity for international travel and work • United Nations, International Financial Institutions, • Inter-American and International Organizations

    14. What Can I Do with My Major? • Accounting • Accountant • Auditor • Bank Examiner • Budget Analyst • Chief Financial Officer • Contract Specialist • Financial Administrator • Financial Resource Manager • Financial Systems Analyst • Forensic Financial Research • Intelligence Specialist • Senior Financial Risk Analyst

    15. What Can I Do with My Major? • Business • Budget analyst • Grants Management Specialist • Import specialist • Internal revenue specialist • Lead Contract Specialist • Procurement Analyst • Quality assurance specialist • Purchasing Agent • Trade specialist

    16. What Can I Do with My Major? • Economics • Budget analyst • Financial analyst • Loan specialist • Procurement specialist • Production Controller • Rural Development Technician • Trade specialist • Transportation industrial analyst

    17. What Can I Do with My Major? • Finance • Appraiser • Assessor • Budget analyst • Financial analyst • Securities compliance examiner • Tax examiner • Trade specialist

    18. What Can I Do with My Major? • Information Systems • Computer Science Specialist • Financial manager • Information Technology Specialist • Logistics management • Program manager • Senior Information Specialist • Supervisor

    19. What Can I Do with My Major? • Management/Marketing • Management analyst • Manpower development specialist • Program analyst • Business and industry specialist • Bond sales promotion representative • Public affairs specialist • Editor • Trade specialist • Communications specialist

    20. What Can I Do with My Major? • Operations/ODT • Theater Aerospace Operations • Transportation Specialist • General Supply Specialist • Motor Carrier Safety Specialist • Air Transportation Operations • Traffic Management • Supply Management • Inventory Management

    21. Example of Jobs NOW in Indiana • Information Technology Specialist • $39,662 - $61,649 • Contract Administrator • $52,195 - $67,852 • Supervisory Program Support Assistant • $40,531 - $52,691 • Education Specialist • $37,481 - $63,629 • Accountant • $36,478 - $68,766 Source: USAJOBS Website

    22. Tips for Landing a Government Job • Career Interest Guide • Explore your options • Job Interest Matching • Know who does the hiring • Specific Job Exploration • Target your search • Match Federal Jobs to Private Sector Jobs • Be prepared • Be patient Federal government expects to hire over 16% MORE NEW grads this year.

    23. Career Interest Guide • Provides a series of questions that gauges your interest level for particular tasks. Based on your response, you will be able to see what career areas fit your interests most and the occupations associated with those areas. • Career interest areas specify what field you are interested in most and view the related occupations for that field.

    24. Job Interest Match • Select by occupational group. • Professional and Administration • Includes a wide variety of positions requiring advanced education or specialized work experience as well as those jobs that have more administrative type duties • Supervisory, Managerial, and Executive • Include positions in which supervisory and management skills are required. Also includes positions for those who administer public programs at the top executive levels.

    25. Specific Job Exploration • Job titles provided are specific to the Federal government and may be different than others you are familiar with. • Ties together job title and series number for application purposes.

    26. Public/Private Sector Crosswalk • Ability to select the Federal occupation you wish to match with a private sector occupation. Federal Job Private Sector Occupation • Financial Analysis Investment Analyst • Accounting Accountant, Auditor • Computer Specialist Systems Analyst • Facility Management Business Manager • Program Management Grant Coordinator

    27. How to Apply • Submit a resume, a description of relevant knowledge, skill and abilities and any support information called for in the job announcement. • Most federal jobs require US Citizenship • Review the booklet (PDF online) at • www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/of0510/pdf • http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ • Complete optional application for federal employment form, as well.

    28. Internships with Uncle Sam • Student Career Experience Program • Student Temporary Employment Program • www.opm.gov/employ/students/index.htm • Washington Center for Internships and academics www.twc.edu • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

    29. Major Federal Agencies • Department of Agriculture • Department of Commerce • Department of Defense • Department of Education • Department of Energy • Department of Health & Human Services • Department of Housing & Urban Development • Department of Interior • Department of Justice • Department of Labor • Department of State • Department of the Treasury • Department of Homeland Security • Department of Veterans Affairs

    30. Other Federal Agencies • Central Intelligence Agency • Congressional Budget Office • Environmental Protection Agency • Export-Import Bank of the United States • Federal Communications Commission • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation • Federal Reserve System • General Accounting Office • General Services Administration • Securities and Exchange Commission • Social Security Administration • Office of Management and Budget

    31. Job for Every Interest • www.usajobs.opm.gov • http://ccrealserver.gmu.edu/ramgen/pps/May2003/Tape3/ppssmil-tape3.smi

    32. Government & Social Services Career Fair • November 4, 2004 • 10 am – 2 pm • IMU Alumni Hall

    33. For more information… • Contact • Mark Brostoff • Associate Director, Undergraduate Career Services • mbrostof@indiana.edu or 855-5317