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

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How Long Does It Take?

The way government chooses new employees is vastly different from the private sector, where the process might go something like this: you apply by sending in your standard resumé, you get an interview, they like you, they offer you the job, you accept, you start.
Unfortunately, there’s a lot more involved in the government hiring process, frequently causing the timeline from application to start date to be longer than in the private sector. But don’t give up; there is a silver lining. Government managers are aware that the hiring process is less than ideal and they are working, slowly but surely, to make it more applicant-friendly. In 2009, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget laid out four steps to fix the government’s ...

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