Federal Job in DC
November 20, 2010 5:25am CST
I have posted for 2 Federal Jobs in Washington, DC. I can imagine that the competition will be fierce and the fact that I have to relocate might put me at the end of the list. Does anyone have any suggestions? Has anyone interviewed with the government recently that can give me some tip? I appreciate any advice. Thanks.
• United States
20 Nov 10
I worked for US Treasury years ago, and two things that I can offer that might be of help is to make application for (and get started on) your Top Secret Clearance. It opens up lots of potential jobs for you, and takes a while to go through the investigation process. Many Federal jobs will require an MBI security clearance (Minimum Background Investigation) and will make you go through this after they hire you (or contingent upon retaining your job). This can be waived if you have Secret or Top Secret clearance. Secondly, if you don't get on with the Fed right away, try looking into some of the contracting agencies around the DC area that do a lot of Sub-Contract work. Booz Allen Hamilton, and SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) are two that I remember from when I was there. Often times contractors get work on a contract with a particular agency that lasts 6 months to two years. At the end of that time (or occasionally before) you can get hired on with the agency you are contracting for. Just be careful of non-compete waivers. Often times, the contacts you make will also open up for other positions and leads within the same agency, or branch, as they are alerted to openings from within first..
• United States
22 Nov 10
It definitely wouldn't hurt, I am just not sure if it will be enough to land you the job. Since DC is the center of politics, it seems that "politicking" occurs all over the place. Many times there is no explanation why someone got a job that someone else didn't, other then "good ol' boy" networking. So I would use whatever means you have at your disposal to help land that job.