Crafting Your Networking Strategy
You already have most of the ingredients for building your network. Whichever sector (public, private, nonprofit) you want to work in, your goal is the same: to have every interaction get you one step closer to landing the job you want.
The difference between networking for the public sector rather than for the private sector is that you will want to focus your contact building, research, and time on people who either work in government or who know someone who does.
In the private sector, you might be fortunate enough to meet someone through your network who is impressed enough to offer you a job directly. In the federal government, however, civil service laws require that the hiring be done through a competitive ...