Managing Your Government Career: Success Strategies That Work

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CHAPTER 1
Should I Work for
the Government
and if So, Where?

THIS BOOK IS DESIGNED to assist current and future government employees in developing the best possible career with respect to self-fulfillment, overall growth, and personal happiness. It is based on my more than 32 years of experience in government, along with my interactions with thousands of government employees, some of whom had exciting and satisfying careers, while others had, quite frankly, miserable and disappointing careers that left them angry and cynical.

I spent the first part of my career in human resources management (HRM), starting as a personnel management specialist trainee and eventually moving up to run a national HRM program serving about 13,000 employees. During this time, I had the opportunity to learn the civil service personnel systems that are the framework for how people advance in government, and I will share that knowledge with you.

However, before we get started on learning the ins and outs of the government’s HRM systems, it is important for you to decide whether the government is in your future. This is a key decision that you need to make up front, because you do not want to languish in a system that is not a good fit for you. At the same time, there is nothing wrong with going to work for the government, getting some needed experience there,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Part I- Getting in (Arriving) 1
  • Chapter 1- Should I Work for the Government and If So, Where? 3
  • Chapter 2- How Do I Get in? 32
  • Part 2- Getting off to a Good Start (Surviving) 57
  • Chapter 3- in the Beginning 59
  • Chapter 4- Your Relationship with Your Superiors 82
  • Chapter 5- Developing Perspective 114
  • Part 3- Plotting Your Career (Thriving) 139
  • Chapter 6- Looking Down the Road 141
  • Chapter 7- Management 165
  • Chapter 8- Balancing Your Work Life and Your Family Life 190
  • Chapter 9- Personal Development 213
  • Notes 231
  • Index 247
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