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

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Political Appointments

Giving advice on how to become a political appointee is kind of like giving advice on how to get someone to ask you on a date. We can steer you down the right path and give you advice on how to become an attractive candidate, but we can’t guarantee you’ll be picked.
Political appointees are just that—people who are appointed to a position within government by someone in the political party in charge. The biggest flood of political appointments comes right after a new President takes office, because that person has the legal authority to put his or her “people” in more than 4,000 positions in the executive branch, from cabinet secretaries to policy advisors to agency chiefs of staff to special assistants. Approximately ...

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