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

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How Is Hiring Done in Government?

Many people mistakenly think the government’s hiring process is shrouded in mystery or impossible to understand. Though there is variation, the truth is that most agencies use the same general guidelines and procedures for hiring.
Unlike most of the private sector, the government has strict guidelines for selecting new employees. Yes, it can be cumbersome and time consuming, but for good reason: with so many people applying for government jobs, the selection process aims to ensure fairness and equal treatment for all applicants, and strives to make sure candidates are rated based on their merit and qualifications for the position.
It’s important to understand that the federal government is not a single employer, ...

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