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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Getting Government Jobs by Partnership for Public Service

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How Are Jobs Filled in Government?

One of the many ways that government employment is different from the private sector is how the government fills its jobs. There are several categories of hiring and terms you should know before getting started on your job search.

Competitive Service

Competitive civil service jobs are filled according to a merit system where the best-qualified candidates are chosen based on an application and interview process. Managers can hire a current federal employee (via promotion or transfer) or may choose to hire someone from outside the federal government. Virtually all jobs discussed in this book are competitive service jobs unless otherwise stated.

Non-Competitive Status

Some individuals can be hired without ...

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