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The Federal Career Directory: new help in getting a government job.

The U.S. Government--the Nation's largest employer--hires over 100,000 new employees a year. With this volume of hiring, you might assume there is some standard procedure for finding out about and applying for a Federal job. But there isn't. In an effort to be more responsive to the varied needs of Federal agencies, the hiring process has become increasingly decentralized, with many agencies now doing their own recruiting and hiring. As a result, people wondering whether the Government needs their educational background or experience sometimes conclude their job search the way it began--just wondering. The truth is, there is no easy route to a Federal job.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is aware of the problem and is taking some measures both to encourage people to consider a Federal career and to make the hiring process easier, or at least more understandable. The new effort is heralded as "Career America." As part of this program, OPM has published a new 265-page, loose-leaf Federal Career Directory, designed to answer the most commonly asked questions about Federal employment. Covering mostly professional jobs, the directory was developed primarily for new college graduates, placement and counseling professionals, current government employees, and college students who are in the process of choosing careers.

The directory has the usual information one would expect from such a source, including details on employee benefits, the Federal pay and classification systems, and training and development opportunities.

The heart of the directory, however, is a detailed profile of each Federal department and agency, including, for each, its mission and functions and the typical college majors and degrees of the people it hires for entry level jobs. It also gives the address and telephone number of each agency's employment office. (See example.)

Another section of the new directory contains an index of college majors and areas of study referenced to the agencies that typically hire these graduates. (See examples.) By using this index, job applicants can get an idea of which agencies are hiring which degree holders. This can simplify the job search. Holder of degrees in archaeology, for example, find that the Bureau of Land Management (Department of the Interior), the Forest Service (Department of Agriculture), the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Park Service (Department of the Interior) hire these workers. By turning to the directory's description of these agencies, the reader learns what the agency does, where it is located, the telephone number of the personnel office, and sometimes other relevant information--availability of student work/study programs, for instance.

The directory gives information on the kinds of professional workers hired by agencies but does not indicate what jobs are currently available. A few of the descriptions include a "hot line" for current openings, but mostly it's up to the jobseeker to send applications and make personal inquiries. The directory does, however, contain some useful information on how to get started.

The directory has been sent to about 3,000 2- and 4-year colleges. Public libraries may also have copies. To order the Federal Career Directory (Stock Number 006-000-01339-2), enclose a check for $31 made out to the Superintendent of Documents and send it to the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9325. A charge to VISA or Mastercard is accepted. (Included card number and expiration date.)
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Publication:Occupational Outlook Quarterly
Date:Jun 22, 1991
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