From the civilian end-user perspective, I haven’t really seen it.The recent hiring reforms were supposed to make the Federal employment process much smoother. But I have not noticed much of an…Continue
"I hate to break it to you Brian,but David Dean has it spot on. If you are not a vet, you are not getting in. At least in DoD, DoN. Faghettaboutit. I know a college grad, young man with a disability. He has, like you,…"
I feel your frustration and hear about it every day from my clients. I agree, it is a frustrating process. The advice you have received here is awesome, specifically from Andrew, Ebony, Kim and especially about networking. I have been a…"
"Hi Brian - After reading your post and the responses, I went to your profile and noticed that you are in St Louis currently working on certificate and in a graduate program at WUSTL. Here are few of my recommendations.
The first thing you…"
I know a bit about veterans preference. There are a number of Federal court cases you can look up, and many more MSPB cases. Veterans preference is a right. You can find the right to veteran preference in USC Title 5,…"
"Audrey, if it's not too late, align you MPA electives with areas of growing (not shrinking) concern to the federal government. One area of growing concern are cyber (including technical skills and policy) through agencies like NSA and Homeland…"
"I must say, as an MPA student in Ohio, Brian's post really frightens me. I'm diligently working on a degree that I hope to use as a public servant. Please world, don't let all this hard work be for naught! Perhaps I need to broaden my…"
"I completely agree with Ebony's POV and advice.
I would also add that your undergraduate and graduate institutions' career centers can be a great resource as well. I know that the two schools I attended offer assistance to alumni the…"
"This paragraph really stuck out at me: “The process of wash, rinse, repeat with nothing to show for it... and the whole Federal culture has left me thoroughly demoralized. I’m almost 40, have tons in student loan debt and I have now…"
"Brian, I sympathize with your situation. It's not easy getting into the "system". The best advice I ever received is stop bothering with online applications until you are told to apply. It's demoralizing and most likely a waste…"
"The Merit Systems Protection Board published a nice report around 2002 or 2004 which introduced (and rather bravely, I might add) the term "sham competition" to the discourse. By "sham competition", they meant those…"
Master's Degree in Management - Webster University - Walker School of Business and Technology
Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice Administration - Bellevue University
Currently in Graduate program for International Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis (Graduate Certificate nearly completed). Have completed half of the program for full Masters Degree.