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The complete guide to public employment.

The Complete Guide to Public Employment.

The Complete Guide to Public Employment. Ronald L. Krannich and Caryl Rae Krannich. Impact Publications, $14.95. The public sector, as defined by the authors, includes some 30 million jobs, 16 million of which are accounted for by federal, state, county, and municipal agencies, the rest of which are located in trade and professional organizations, business associations, lobbies, political support groups, international organizations, foundations and assorted flora and fauna. That is a wide spectrum, and some readers will find it hard to accept the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Rifle Association as part of the public sector.

The Drs. Krannich belong to the school of latter-day Dale Carnegies; previous works of theirs include such titles as Interview for Success and High Impact Resumes and Letters. Perhaps a quarter of The Complete Guide would be grist for a book on the decline of the American republic. We learn, for example, what color paper to use for our resumes (avoid white, yellow, green--do use off-white, light gray or light blue). We are told what colors to wear to the interview to give us that "power look,' including what books to consult or organizations to go to for help if we can't figure out our own color type. Ladies, don't wear shoes that are lighter than your skirts, because we don't want the interviewer to focus his attention on your feet. And, of course, "You should associate with positive and successful people . . . Make a habit of running with winers.' (Your former friends may think you're a horse's ass but screw them).

Having unloaded all this and more on us, the authors have made the major part of their book a practical and realistic collection of pointers on how to locate vacancies in the public sector, the tactics to pursue in getting to the interview stage, and what to expect in the way of pay and satisfaction from public employment. They are not snookered by the usual "pay comparability' studies designed to portray federal workers as underpaid. Job seekers are well advised of the limited value of political pull: "the President of the United States only directly controls 2,000 of the 2.9 million civilian government positions. Even the President may not be able to help you with the relatively autonomous and resistant bureaucracy.' Most ostensibly up-for-grab vacancies--perhaps 70 percent of lower-level openings and 95 percent of the GS-13-and-up jobs--are pre-wired as promotions for people already in the particular agency. And, as experienced Washington hands know, personnel offices are mainly useful only in providing you with the necessary forms--after you've found someone on the operating level who wants to hire you.
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Author:Krannich, Caryl Rae
Publication:Washington Monthly
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jul 1, 1986
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