Common Myths About Federal Jobs
1. Government salaries are low. No! Studies and anecdotal reports show that federal salaries compare very favorably to private-sector salaries. And federal “benies” and job security are unparalleled. Plus, some feds receive up to $60,000 in student loan repayments. This book provides the most complete, accurate guidance available anywhere on federal salaries.
2. Federal salaries are nonnegotiable. No! Federal salaries are usually negotiable. This is the only book that explains how to negotiate federal salaries.
3. The applicant with the best connections usually gets the job. No! The applicant who impresses hiring managers the most usually gets the job. This is the only book that provides application advice straight from federal hiring managers— the gatekeepers to federal jobs.
4. Federal internships are voluntary and do not pay. No! Tens of thousands of undergrads, grad students, law students, and recent grads currently enjoy well-paying federal jobs and internships. This book provides the most comprehensive list available anywhere of such opportunities.
5. The federal workforce is not diverse. No! Minorities are generally better represented in the federal workforce than elsewhere, and federal agencies are aggressively recruiting women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans. This book provides the most comprehensive advice available anywhere on special federal hiring programs for job hunters in these categories.
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6. The federal government is a monolithic mass. No! Federal agencies are as different from one another as are private organizations. This book provides the most comprehensive advice anywhere on how to get the inside scoop on your target agencies.
7. The federal hiring system is a big, mysterious black hole. No! The federal government