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

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Managing Your Expectations

Remember, as someone making a mid-career sector change or seeking out an encore career, you may need to exercise more patience and diligence than you’ve ever had to do in previous job searches. Do not lose heart; there are success stories and lots of new and happy federal employees who, just like you, have a lot to offer—not the least of which is seasoned talent, dedication, and an external perspective.
In addition, you may need to practice patience and perseverance once you show up for the job (and every day afterward). Be prepared for a new way of decision making, dealing with the congressional budget cycle and delayed gratification. But don’t abandon what you’ve learned through all your previous experience, because ...

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