Excerpts from the Washington Post
CRACKING THE FEDERAL
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I’m 19 years old recently graduated in 2014. I have an unarmed guard license but
not much experience or degree, but I have skills with electronics, computer
applications and more. I check the usajobs.gov[usajobs.gov] site weekly and also
have a Federal govt style resume but I never come across jobs that are pretty much
entry level that I'll be qualified for unless the have to be enrolled in school or recently
graduated college, which I am not. I just want to know how do I go about getting in
the government and starting my career?
This is quite a challenge – and many applicants find themselves in this predicament.
For most jobs, the Federal government requires you to have at least one year of
direct or indirect work experience in the field that you are targeting. If you can find a
paid or unpaid opportunity in the private sector that would allow you to get at least 12
months of experience (the 12 months does not need to be consecutive, but it does
need to be full time or equivalent), this could allow you to meet the 12 month
Another route to take would be for you to engage in some type of educational pursuit.
If you go to a college, university, or other educational institution that is recognized by
the US Department of Education, you can apply for some of the student opportunities
that exist in the Pathways Programs on USAJobs.gov.
We hope this information has been useful and will help you crack the code to your
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