ERIC Number: ED211172
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Federal Employment Process. The Career Life Assessment Skills Series, Booklet Four. A Program to Meet Adult Developmental Needs.
Curtin, Bernadette M.; Hecklinger, Fred J.
The search for a job with the federal government can be a confusing and frustrating experience. The purpose of this booklet is to explain the federal employment system; to simplify the search for a federal job; to assist in the completion of the basic government employment application form, the Personal Qualifications Statement, Standard Form 171 (SF-171); and to offer additional resources for the job search. First, the function of the Office of Personnel Management--the starting point for a federal job search--is explained. Eligibility criteria are then detailed for three of the most common tests used in the federal hiring system: the Clerk Typist Examination; the Junior Federal Assistant Examination; and the Professional and Administrative Career Examination (PACE). After delineating pay scales for federal employees as of October, 1980, the booklet outlines helpful shortcuts for the job applicant. These shortcuts include informational interviewing, keeping abreast of new job vacancies, and becoming knowledgeable of affirmative action goals and other factors that affect the hiring process. Finally, the booklet explains the difference between the SF-171 form and a resume, emphasizes the importance of the form in the hiring process, and outlines tips for filling out the form. The booklet includes a copy of the SF-171 and provides a flow chart which outlines the steps in the process of obtaining a federal job, and a bibliography. (HB/JP)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
Authoring Institution: Northern Virginia Community Coll., Alexandria.