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How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job, 2nd Edition by Eleanor Holmes Norton, Lily Madeleine Whiteman

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CHAPTER 8Think Like a Hiring Manager How Applications Are Screened

“I want to hire someone who really wants the job. If an applicant doesn’t want the jobenough to spend some time tailoring their application to the opening, then they don’twant it enough to deserve to be hired.”—A FEDERAL HIRING MANAGER

Many job seekers use the mass-mailing approach to apply for jobs: they send out the same, generic application to every federal job and private-sector job that they can get their hands (or mouse) on. Although the mass-mailing approach is the easiest method, it’s also the least productive method. Don’t be a mass mailer!

Why not flood the world with your applications and résumés? Because many federal job openings draw dozens of replies—even more than ...

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