The problem with finding government jobs is state, local
and federal agencies don't typically advertise through the
normal channels. If you find anything listed in your local
paper it will probably only be a small ad tucked in the
back with a poorly worded description, no contact name and
a phone number that turns out to really be a fax. And while
you're guaranteed to find something at your local Employment
Security Commissions office you're liable to have more fun
at the DMV.
This is where AllFederalJobs.com is a lifesaver.
The first thing they do is actually very simple; they research
and link to respective city, state and federal government
sanctioned websites almost all of which have the employment
listings right as you enter the site. Now, you may be saying
to yourself "I could have found that on my own!"
but like the jobs themselves these things rarely get advertised.
I thought I knew the city website for my hometown but after
finding it on AllFederalJobs.com I now know I was wrong.
The site I thought was official was not actually the official
site for my city.
Turns out the local paper runs the other site, who you would
assume knows their stuff, but just to be safe I checked
it out to see what they had to offer. The job section linked
to CareerBuilder.com, which offers a heading specifically
for government jobs right in the first drop down box. However
all the listings seemed to be for technical military jobs,
openings on the police force and positions at private contractors
with government contracts, while necessary and noble, not
anything like what I was looking for. If you're like me
you're not really qualified for these anyway.
The next thing they do is guide you through the application
process, which for the government at any level is like a
private job application wrapped in a tax audit. If you don't
know what you are doing you wind up filling out forms just
to get more forms so you can get the right forms to apply
for the job but AllFederalJobs.com takes a lot of the headache
away by explaining which ones to fill out, where to send
them and who you need to talk to in the process. I looked
everywhere on CareerBuilder.com and couldn't find anything
specific about how to apply to government jobs. I guess
being "The Largest Job Search, Employment & Careers
Site" doesn't leave much time for details.
Since it looks like CareerBuilder.com doesn't have these
jobs listed or mention anything about how to apply to them
what about the other two "major" employment sites?
At the present time Monster.com only has five listings for
my locale and all five were military related. I also couldn't
find anything related to the proper forms and channels to
go through for applying. HotJobs.Yahoo.com had two pages
but again the only listings not military related were some
contract jobs and a few TSA spots and I couldn't find anything
much about forms. On these other sites the only local jobs
they have to offer are in fact mostly not local at all.
Looks like AllFederalJobs.com has them beat all around.
So, if you're looking for a federal, state or local government
job and need a little advice about how to work through the
application process then you can't go wrong with AllFederalJobs.com.