Navigating the Federal Job Search Process, AGU Webinar
If you are interested in working in the federal government, learning how to navigate the job search is important. Start with the basics of searching the federal hiring website (USAjobs.gov) and applying with this IRIS tutorial. More information on hiring pathways and navigating the federal hiring process can be found on the USGS website.
Also read the Union of Concerned Scientists' guide to Becoming a Federal Scientist.
Next, check out the federal Pathways Program, which offers opportunities for students and recent graduates to get their foot in the door with paid internships and early career employment. Visit the resources below to learn more about programs that can help you find a career in the federal government.
While the federal government has a single portal for searching and applying for jobs, the resources for finding positions in local, state or tribal governments will be specific to the organization. Your first step should be to identify your geographic criteria -- for which states, counties, cities, or tribal nations would you want to work?-- followed by a search of the government organizations' websites. Most states have a career portal (for example, CalCareers in California) for job searching. If you are searching at the local level, identify potential employers in your town or city and search their websites for job listings. Networking with professional contacts is also important for finding jobs that are not advertised.
Check out the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Career Learning Center and Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology Career Resources for advice on writing job applications and preparing for interviews.
For more resources, check out your university's career center or library. Most universities have published guides for resume/CV writing, interviewing, negotiating, and more. You can also look online for contacts in your campus career center or reach out to mentors for support with your applications.
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