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Government JOBSearch Guide for insider tips:

  • How do I find a  government job?

  • Which jobs are advertised? 

  • Which agencies pay more? 

  • Why should I visit a government website? 

  • How do I have the agency notify me of job openings?

  • Where do I find test locations and test dates?

  • Which key words do I use on my application?




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Your Government Job Benefits

  1. Government Jobs - Overview
  2. Government JOBSearchTM - Job Listings, Links and Databases 
  3. How to Apply for a Government Job
  4. Getting Hired - Civil Service Exams and Tests
  5. Your Government Job Benefits  


Here are just some of the benefits that government agencies offer employees.   For the specific benefits that may apply to you, check with the personnel or human resources office of the agency.

  • Vacation (Accrued vacation in excess of established amounts may be converted to cash)
  • Sick Leave (Accrued sick leave in excess of established amounts may be converted to cash)
  • Personal Leave
  • Floating Holidays (Discretionary)
  • Holidays
  • Health Plan
  • Retirement Benefits (In most instances, you'll contribute to the agency's retirement plan instead of Social Security)
  • Death Benefits
  • Disability Benefits
  • Tuition Reimbursement (Some plans may have annual dollar limits or will only reimburse you for the school of least cost)
  • Flexible Health Savings Plan
  • Childcare
  • Telecommuting
  • Job Sharing
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Fitness Program
  • Credit Union
  • Employees Association
  • Supplemental Death Benefits
  • Deferred Compensation - The different plans include:

403(b) plan - a tax-deferred retirement plan that lets an employee of a tax-exempt education or research organization or public school contribute pretax dollars.
Info on 403b and 457 plans from Fidelity Investments

457 plan - a tax-deferred retirement plan that lets an employee of a government entity contribute pretax dollars.
Comparison of 401k and 457 plans
Intro regarding 457 plans

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) - a retirement savings and investment plan for Federal employees offering civilian employees the same type of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under so-called ''401(k)'' plans.  Thrift Savings Plan for Federal Government employees

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