Federal applications generally require a number of documents, including both a resume and a statement, essays or questionnaire (the job announcement will specify exactly which is used) outlining your skills and experience. These two parts of the application are slightly different from the resume and cover letter you may be used to writing for non-federal positions. Take a moment to explore the important advice in the following resources about building a federal resume and completing application documents.
Writing a Federal Resume with examples (from GoGovernment.org - "Write Your Federal Resume")
Resume Writing Tutorial (from USAjobs.gov)
Application Written Documents (from GoGovernment.org - "Complete Your Federal Application")
Politics, Government, and Public Policy
- Do you want to make a difference?
- Do you want variety and responsibility in your work?
- Do you want rapid advancement and recognition?
- Do you want great benefits?
- Do you want a satisfying work life balance?
The U.S. Federal Government is the nation's largest employer, offering thousands of positions to U.S. citizens around the globe in every field. Your Brandeis education is the perfect preparation. Don't believe the myth that federal agencies only hire politics majors. Hundreds of federal agencies need talented staff in every field - arts, ecology, economics, IT, history, languages, literature, math, neuroscience, sociology, women's studies, and more - for jobs that truly change the world.FEDERAL JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE NOW!
Real jobs and internships - available now - are listed on USAJobs, the federal government's opportunities portal.
And, undergraduates and recent graduates, as well as graduate students, can also take advantage of the Pathways Program which offers extraordinary jobs and internships - great work and great benefits. Check these two resources for more information:
Pathways Program (from USAJobs.gov)
Pathways Program (from GoGovernment.org)
Throughout the year, Hiatt hosts a wide range of government agency representatives on campus in an array of activities including panels, presentations, networking events and one-on-one meetings with students. Be sure to check the Hiatt calendar in B.hired.
Bring your resume with you to these events - you never know when you can share it with an individual who can help you move toward your dream government job or internship. Need help? Use Hiatt resume resources, make an appointment with a Hiatt counselor, and use Hiatt drop-in hours.
What are examples of federal career possibilities in your field? Click here and use the drop down menu in the right sidebar - "Browse Information by Field" - to explore key agencies and roles that utilize your particular skills and interests.
Federal Occupations by College Major lists federal government "job family" titles (these are called "series" within the federal government) by major academic field. Use these series titles to get ideas about potential careers that match your interests and as sort functions in the federal job listings database (USAJobs.gov). Be creative - check out majors that are related to your interests to get more series titles to expand your search.
Featured Federal Agencies that Match Brandeis Students' Interests - If you are wondering where to start, check out this selection of top agencies. Go directly to the agency's website and either look for the "Careers" section or search the site using "jobs" and "internships" as key words to find amazing opportunities.
TIPS FOR SEARCHING ON USAJOBS.GOV
1) Use the "Advanced Search" page in USAJobs.gov to customize your search
- Use the keyword search bar to sort positions by criteria that match your intended area of work (economist, museum, environment, paralegal, etc.)
- Search for internships using the keywords "Pathways undergraduate internship" or "Pathways recent graduate program" in the keyword search bar
- Set the Pay Grade at "05 - 07" if you are an undergraduate or have a bachelor's degree; "05-09" if you have a master's degree; "07-11" if you have a doctoral degree, to obtain search results that are compatible with your educational level
- Set location as flexibly as possible, or try not setting a location at all to get a full view of opportunities across the country; many people head toward their "dream" city as their career progresses
- Be flexible about agency or try not indicating an agency at all; each time you run a search, make note of the agencies that are posting jobs that respond to your field-related keywords as potential employers (you'll be amazed at the variety)
2) Set up an application account and create your resume on the official federal resume builder (links can be found in USAJobs.gov) ahead of time so that you are ready to apply quickly to positions that have a short open period
3) You can contact the person or office listed on the job announcement for follow-up information but allow sufficient time (at least 10-15 working days) before getting in touch
4) Remember that for the vast majority of federal positions you MUST be a US citizen
5) Consider not relying solely on one geographic location or just one or two agencies as search criteria; there are many opportunities across agencies and the nation in your field
6) State your qualifications and skills in clear language in your resume, cover letter and any application essays; be able to provide concrete examples
7) If offered a position, the security clearance will be thorough, so be truthful and straightforward at all times
- USA.gov is the portal to the U.S. federal government. Everything you ever wanted to know about the nation's operations, departments, and resources.
- Federal Agencies A to Z is invaluable in locating federal agencies' individual websites.
- USAJobs.gov is the on-line data base for almost all current open job and internship (Pathways) opportunities with the federal government. Also check individual agency websites (see the link above to Federal Agencies A to Z) for details about their mission, staff and structure.
- United States Senate Employment Bulletin lists job and internship openings with these elected officials and related committees.
- United States House of Representatives Employment page lists job and internship openings with these elected officials and related committees.
- Best Places to Work is the most current report of rankings of federal agencies across a range of criteria based on surveys of federal employees.
- Peace Corps is the gateway to the organization's comprehensive site about two-year volunteer opportunities around the globe.
- U.S. State Department is of particular interest to students because of the range of domestic and overseas opportunities related to diplomacy and international relations. Internship programs enable students in a range of academic fields to get first-hand experience in foreign affairs environments both in Washington, D.C., and at embassy posts around the world.
State, city and town governments also offer excellent job and internship opportunities in public service in every field. You can make an immediate and lasting difference at the regional, city or community level. Every government entity has an official website which includes information about political officials, governing committees, and operational departments as well as sections for individuals seeking government jobs.
Below are examples of two state sites and a link to some job search pages within the site. RESEARCH TIP: Research other states by putting the state's name followed by .gov (Montana.gov, NewJersey.gov, etc.) or the state's two-letter abbreviation followed by .gov (ny.gov, ak.gov, etc.) in your internet browser.
There is almost always a link to the Employment pages on the home page.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE regarding INTERNSHIPS: Some government websites may have an internship section but others may not. Use the website's "Search" function with the keyword "Internship" to find them. You can also contact the department in which you'd like to work (Education, Environment, Health and Human Services, Recreation, etc.) directly to inquire about opportunities.Massachusetts
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (internships)City of Boston Internships
Additional Government Opportunity Resource:
Miriam L. Gerver, '99 (Psychology) - Survey Methodologist, United States Census Bureau
Alexander Goldstein, '06 (Politics) - Press Secretary, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Zachary Klein, '07 (Economics) - Budget Analyst, United States Social Security Administration