Testing One, Two, Three
You have perused the pages of this book and now have an idea about what kind of government job would be most appropriate and interesting for you. You know how to write an effective cover letter and how to tailor your resume to catch the eye of your prospective employer. You’re ready to ace that interview! Now on to the next step. It’s time to go back to the classroom to take a test.
As you have learned throughout this book, government jobs exist at the federal, state, county, city, and local level. In many cases, part of the application process is sitting for a written test. There are also other tests, depending on the kind of job. Notification about the results of civil service tests is posted in a variety of places. There is an opening date and a closing date for applications to take the test, and you have to file within that time frame. There is often a nonrefundable fee to take the test.
Job bulletins or announcements are posted at government offices, sometimes published in newspapers, and almost always posted on the Internet. For local government jobs, you may often find posters in local stores. For example, announcements for upcoming New York City police and fire department tests are advertised on city buses and subways. And New York City has a weekly newspaper called The Chief that prints nothing but civil service tests listings.
You should call the government agencies in your area. You can find many of these agencies in the telephone book and on the Internet. If you find a job opportunity, and the agency is not taking applications at this time, you can ask to be notified when applications will be taken by filling out a request. Many agencies provide e-mail notification.