Let’s jump right into it. In the first section, we talked about the motivation behind searching for a new job. Then we started looking at the main venue for those looking to get into government employment, USAJOBS. It can be a bit intimidating at first glance, and applying to jobs on the site can be a bit time consuming, but hopefully as we walk through this, you will see that there is a method to the madness, and the time spent is worth it in the end – as long as you follow the “rules” and turn in an application that a) gets past the recruiter, and b) catches the hiring manager’s attention and lands you an interview. But first let’s focus for now on USAJOBS.
Here is where I will make a “but I thought you said…?” announcement. I have been harping on getting it right to get the right job – but here is where I say in, you guessed it the infamous capital letters and exclamation points APPLY TO EVERYTHING!!! Yes, it seems to go against the grain of everything else I have talked about, but my point is this. At the end of the day, if a job appeals to you, and you have had that “come to Jesus moment” we discussed, then by all means apply. It may be labeled as spitballing, but who knows – it just might work. Just remember that this process takes time, and if you can use your time wisely by having all of your job hunting ducks in a row – why wouldn’t you?