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

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Deciding on Your Next Career Move

Changing careers or returning to the workforce after you have retired or left a job for other reasons is a big decision. Part of getting a federal job is getting mentally prepared for some potentially significant changes in your status.
You might have to consider changing locations; learning the ropes from someone with less experience than you but who’s already been a federal worker for a while; or even taking a pay cut. The key word here is “might,” because these types of changes aren’t givens. You also might take on new challenges or work directly on exciting projects, get a pay increase, or gain amazing new employee benefits for you and your family. The key is to keep an open mind and be willing to ask lots ...

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