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Federal job seekers often are frustrated with, overwhelmed by or puzzled over the complex federal hiring process and that's because they are going into the process with the same mindset as they would a regular job search. The two are not the same and the sooner federal job seekers change their mindset, the better their chances will be at landing a job.
Authors Janet M. Ruck and Karol Taylor explain that the “federal application process, which is unlike any other, can be cumbersome and confusing at times. It is based on a set of laws and regulations that were written for a specific purpose. Over time, layers of new laws were added. Eventually they created a morass of rules that now make up the federal hiring system.”
Janet Ruck is a career coach with many years of experience training and counseling students and adults to develop career goals. She worked until 2003 in the federal Department of Health and Human Services and retired from the U.S. Public Health Service with a rank of captain. Karol Taylor worked for more than 28 years in the federal government and brings a broad perspective and insider expertise to the federal career management process. Together, the duo have been working to help job seekers better understand the federal application process and continue these efforts in their latest book Find Your Federal Job Fit,
In order to find the right fit, job seekers, especially those just starting their searches, must avoid certain mistakes during the application process that could easily be avoided. Ruck and Taylor highlight 11 mistakes that many federal job seekers make, and how to avoid them. The errors include:
Correcting these mistakes will make the federal application process and the job search easier and more rewarding in the end.
--Jon Minners, Vault.com
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