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Old 03-09-2009, 12:04 PM
 
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Old 03-11-2009, 01:27 PM
 
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I want to do this so badly, but I can't afford to go a whole summer without a serious job or any money. I have loans to pay back.
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Old 03-11-2009, 01:40 PM
 
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NewGrad2009, since you're job searching, have you considered federal employment? Although you likely wouldn't be working in the White House, you would still be working under the Obama Administration and doing your part as a civil servant doing the work of the country. Not to mention there are various student loan forgiveness programs (depending on the agency) for your commitment to working for the government.

Like you, I have student loans to pay back and couldn't go long without a paycheck either. Some agencies use the student loan repayment as an incentive for hiring and retaining. But even if you aren't hired under those terms, a federal law was passed last year that forgives federal student loans after 10 years with the government. If all goes well, i'll be without student loans (undergrad and grad school) in 9 more years! lol

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Old 03-12-2009, 07:39 AM
 
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But even if you aren't hired under those terms, a federal law was passed last year that forgives federal student loans after 10 years with the government. If all goes well, i'll be without student loans (undergrad and grad school) in 9 more years! lol
Whoa whoa whoa.....wait wait wait.......what?!?!

#1 - How did I manage to miss that??

#2 - Looks like I'm hanging with the feds for 8 more years (not that I was necessarily plannning to leave anyway)!
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:57 AM
 
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NewGrad2009, since you're job searching, have you considered federal employment? Although you likely wouldn't be working in the White House, you would still be working under the Obama Administration and doing your part as a civil servant doing the work of the country. Not to mention there are various student loan forgiveness programs (depending on the agency) for your commitment to working for the government.

Like you, I have student loans to pay back and couldn't go long without a paycheck either. Some agencies use the student loan repayment as an incentive for hiring and retaining. But even if you aren't hired under those terms, a federal law was passed last year that forgives federal student loans after 10 years with the government. If all goes well, i'll be without student loans (undergrad and grad school) in 9 more years! lol
All I do anymore is apply at USAJobs.gov. It's crazy. I know it's competitive everywhere on the site but I want to stay in the Mid Atlantic or Southern area. I am curious though, do I have to send my resume and transcript for every job I apply for? I typically apply for the GS-5/6/7 jobs but I never get any responses back and I was worried I was applying wrong.

I also feel kind of bad constantly asking about job stuff. I'm sure it gets annoying but this forum is like the biggest help ever :O
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:36 AM
 
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Juniperbleu,

It's called "The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007", of which some parts of it are already in affect, and others start in July 2009. There are some restrictions, but from what I can tell those restrictions are pretty common sense restrictions. Check it out!

Here's a tidbit:


Eligibility
The public service loan forgiveness program has several restrictions:
  • Term: The forgiveness occurs after 120 monthly payments made on or after October 1, 2007 on an eligible Federal Direct Loan. Periods of deferment and forbearance are not counted toward the 120 payments. Payments made before October 1, 2007 do not count. Likewise, only payments on a Federal Direct Loan are counted.
  • What is forgiven? The remaining interest and principal are forgiven.
  • Employment: The borrower must be employed full-time in a public service job for each of the 120 monthly payments. Public service jobs include, among other positions, government, military service, public safety and law enforcement (police and fire), public health, public education, public early childhood education, public child care, social work in a public child or family service agency, public services for individuals with disabilities or the elderly, public interest legal services (including prosecutors, public defenders and legal advocacy in low-income communities), public librarians, school librarians and other school-based services, and employees of tax exempt 501(c)(3) organizations. Full-time faculty at tribal colleges and universities, as well as faculty teaching in high-need areas, also qualify.
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:54 AM
 
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All I do anymore is apply at USAJobs.gov. It's crazy. I know it's competitive everywhere on the site but I want to stay in the Mid Atlantic or Southern area. I am curious though, do I have to send my resume and transcript for every job I apply for? I typically apply for the GS-5/6/7 jobs but I never get any responses back and I was worried I was applying wrong.

I also feel kind of bad constantly asking about job stuff. I'm sure it gets annoying but this forum is like the biggest help ever :O
The best advice I can give you about using USAJobs is to NOT use the one-size-fits-all resume approach. The government receives so many applications per day, the initial resume screening is completed by computer software. Why is that important? Because the software looks for a set of keywords relevant to the position being applied for. In short, if you have described your experience in a way that doesn't get noticed by the software, you're resume will never make it past the first stage and into the hands of a HR specialist. Therefore, it is imperative that you take a look at each job description and scour it for buzzwords. Then analyze your education and experience and taylor your resume catch the "eye" of the software. I'm not suggesting that you be dishonest in your appraisal of your experience, I'm saying that sometimes you have to be creative in describing that experience in words.

Trust me, many of people are overlooked for a position with the Feds simply because they don't make it past the software. It's unfortunate, but with such a high-volume of applicants, I suppose they can afford to move on to the candidates that know and play the system. Basically, it comes down to writing, re-writing, and re-writing your resume again. Eventually you'll get noticed!

Also, check out www.federalsoup.com That's another good forum for federal career advice, especially for tips on writing your KSA's (knowledge, skills, and abilities).
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:14 AM
 
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^^ He's right about the keywords. A DoD recruiter I know told me to look at the adjectives used under "Duties" or "Qualifications" and just insert them into my resume. Oftentimes it's just using one comparable word over another.

Also, some agencies are trying to get away from USAJobs (including mine), so it's worth checking out individual sites for information. If there's a contact email, send off a message just asking what the best way is to go about applying (the person who handles that here gets messages all the time and responds when an announcement goes up).

Thanks for the loan info! I think I heard about it a while ago, but never knew if it really passed. I'm technically in deferment because I started taking classes (still paying monthly), so I should try to fix that ASAP.
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:28 AM
 
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I know DHS does some direct applications (they have you use their own application site instead of USAjobs). Thats how I got my job. I had also met with a recruiter in person though, so I actually bypassed some of the really preliminary application process.
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