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

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Monitoring Your Application

In 2008 alone, the Internal Revenue Service received nearly 300,000 applications for more than 16,000 positions. That’s a lot to process! It’s easy to think that your application, whether submitted online, faxed, or mailed, is lost in the ether. It’s an especially easy assumption to make if, like many applicants, you don’t hear back from anyone for a while—or ever.
Chances are that your application is not lost. The truth is that you’ve got a lot of competition out there. With hundreds—sometimes several hundreds—of applicants for every government job, it takes time to get through them all.
Once you’ve applied online, watching your application’s status may be as simple as retaining your password to the online system ...

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