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

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The Senior Executive Service (SES)

In federal government, higher-level managerial jobs are in the Senior Executive Service (SES). This special group of leaders was established by Congress in 1978. Around 10 percent of the approximately 7,000 SES positions are politically appointed, but the rest are not. We’ll focus on the ones that aren’t for political appointees. As might be expected, the competition for these jobs is very high, but if you have been a successful executive in the private sector, one of these jobs might be just right for you.
So, what are these jobs and how are they different? Most of the SES jobs are in general management and are responsible for leading major components of an agency. They may be located in Washington, D.C., ...

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