So you’re interested in being a public servant. That’s great! The federal government can be a terrific place to grow and flourish professionally. It’s also an important way to contribute to community in your country. But what’s the secret? And given the current climate, what are your chances of getting a federal job?
UMUC’s Career Services team recently hosted a Hot Career Tools Webinar to give students and alumni a general overview of UMUC CareerQuest’s self-service tools and new “Search Alert” feature.
This is the first installation of a three-part series about how to use the 12 weeks of summer to enhance your career experience and boost your chances of success.
On any given weekday, you can find Kenithia Alston ‘14 interviewing defendants to determine their financial eligibility for court appointed counsel. As an eligibility examiner for the Public Defender Service (PDS) of the District of Columbia, it wasn’t so long ago that she wasn’t quite sure what her career path would consist of. When she was growing up, Kenithia knew she wanted to help people in her community. She also knew loved public safety. What she did not know was how exactly was how to forge a fulfilling career from her two passions.
A traditional job search is reactive – responding to posted or available positions. While you always want to continue to search for opportunities through traditional sources like online job boards (indeed.com, careerbuilder.com, simplyhired.com, etc.), and newspaper and trade publications, you must also work to tap into the unadvertised job market and enlist others to share information and keep you apprised of potential openings in their organizations.
If you are a veteran transitioning into the civilian job market, hiring managers will inevitably ask you about your military experience. Considering less than 10 percent of the U.S. adult population has ever served in the military, the chances are high that you will be connecting with plenty who do not know much about the military, and this can make it difficult to “sell” your previous military experience.
So you received your diploma—congratulations! Now, you are ready to embark on a new journey. The benefits of earning a college education include better-paying, higher-skilled jobs, and opportunities for career advancement. Below are a few strategies to help you leverage your degree and advance in your career.