We’ve broken down the situations where you would likely use icebreakers into three categories: team meetings, small group trainings, and large group summits. Follow these tips to successfully break the ice at your next meeting, training or summit.
Reference this checklist to make sure you’re exercising empathy and emotional intelligence at your workplace.
Make your first 100 days under the new administration successful and set your pace to achieve your long-term government career goals
As you get further and further into your career, it is easy to fall behind on continuing education. Fortunately, there are certification programs that help people across government continue their education and advance their career. Whether you’re in HR, project management, IT or public affairs, there is a certification program waiting for you!
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The heartbeat of any organization can be summed up in one word: people. It isn’t the technology or automated processes that many agencies have come to rely on over the years. The truth is, when organizations hire good people, the technology takes care of itself. People provide overall direction and vision for an organization, ensure… Read more »
Check out this new report to to explore what the workplace of the future is and how your agency can achieve it.
Navigate your government career ladder by understanding how to tackle these six common obstacles.
In this report, we explain how your organization can better enable cyber staff through training, testing employee skill sets and utilizing intelligence with data and analytics to make smarter decisions and respond appropriately to cyberthreats.
Take this quiz to determine whether a mentor, coach or champion is the right person to help your career move forward.
You work hard in school, in your extracurriculars, and at your job. You never pass up an opportunity to meet new people and learn more. You have big dreams. You’re a high achiever, and now you want to land the perfect government job. You have come to the right place! This guide is all about getting into government…. Read more »
Even though they take place in a galaxy far, far away, there’s a lot to learn about leadership from the Star Wars movies. And really, who hasn’t wondered which character you leadership style in most closely in line with? Go ahead and start the quiz now! May the Force be with You.
Your Individual Development Plan (IDP) is an important tool to help you develop new skills and obtain goals to advance your government career.
Looking to land a government job? Or maybe you have a gov gig, but want to take your career to the next level. If this is you, you need to download this government career booster toolkit.
Who is really employed by the government? Who works in those office buildings? And what exactly do they do? Questions about the state of state and local government worker demographics abound. So we decided to take a look at the makeup of the state and local government workforce. While each state and locality is slightly… Read more »
Are you ready to make productive change in government? Work together with your peers and make an impact from within? Help retain excellent employees in the public sector? One way you can do that is by creating a NextGen group within your agency. Did you know there are agency level, office level and even department… Read more »
Standing between the federal government and improved delivery of services is the data skills gap. Federal managers worry that prospective employees entering the job market lack the analytical skills, statistical competencies and technical proficiency needed to understand the federal government’s large and complex datasets. The data skills gap comes at a time when federal government… Read more »
Where do you want to go in your career? What training or learning do you need to get there? Your Individual Development Plan (IDP) can help you develop your skills, further your office’s mission, and allow you to achieve your career goals. Despite many agencies requiring them, IDPs are often done quickly and poorly without… Read more »
“The Guide to Managing the Application Process is an invaluable tool for any student interested in the PMF program, one of the most exciting paths to a career in public service. Draw on the experience and insights of those who know the program best – from former PMFs, college career advisors and government managers, the… Read more »
“Let the public service be a proud and lively career. And let every man and woman who works in any area of our national government, in any branch, at any level, be able to say with pride and with honor in future years: ‘I served the United States government in that hour of our nation’s… Read more »
If you receive health benefits as an employee of the federal government, you are one of the most fortunate people in the United States. Federal employee health benefits are among the best in any sector, and you want to be sure to take full advantage of them based on your priorities, preferences, and particular state… Read more »
If you’re interested in getting a government job in foreign policy or international affairs, you’ve come to the right place. The Robertson Foundation for Government (RFFG), GovLoop and the Association for Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) have produced a highly valuable guide entitled, “Making Global Impact: Guide to International Jobs in Government.” Until now, there has been no single resource… Read more »
I’ve learned a lot over the last seven years as a full-time teleworking employee – both as a manager and as a member of geographically-dispersed project teams. One of the biggest lessons is that telework forces both managers and team members to hone their communication skills and think more intentionally about the way they get… Read more »
The Robertson Foundation for Government, a nonprofit family foundation dedicated to helping government meet its talent needs by identifying, educating, and motivating top U.S. graduate students to pursue federal government careers, and GovLoop, the leading knowledge network for government, have teamed up again to create, “Getting Into Government: A Guide for High Achievers.”This guide is a blend of… Read more »
The technology landscape has changed immensely in the past 10 years, and the Federal IT spending has changed right along with it. Many of the technologies that we enjoy both in our government and civilian lives did not even exist in 2001, and the rate of advancement of new tools and toys in the world… Read more »
Frank DiGiammarino spoke at NextGen about the road to happiness and what you need to do to get on this path and reach your capstone. It was one of the most successful sessions and we wanted to provide you with the guide provided at the event – “Happiness is a Balance: A Framework to Success”… Read more »
Recently, GovLoop wrapped up its first multi-week online social learning course, titled Your Path to Leadership: Mastering Core Competencies to Get Ahead in Government. The course examined the ten traits of a great government leader listed in this guide. The three week course was grouped into the context of weekly themes and the guide served… Read more »
You may have taken your first government job just to get some experience, and now feel like you are being under utilized at your agency. Maybe you knew the hiring manager well or they were well respected in government, and you wanted to use that connection to help elevate your career. Once you are at… Read more »
Thinking of going to graduate school? Wondering what the Master of Public Policy degree is all about? GovLoop is excited to release a new guide that helps you navigate through the application process and advance your career in public service! We’ve designed the following resource to help you decide if an MPP is the right… Read more »
Last week, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released the proposed regulations for the Pathways Program, a hiring reform initiative designed to “offer students and recent graduates more uniform and transparent pathways to public service” and “improve recruiting and provide for training, mentoring, and career development opportunities.” The original document is nearly 90 pages… Read more »
As many of you have probably already realized, joining groups here on GovLoop is one of the best ways to make connections, learn best practices, and get real time answers to challenges. No matter where you work, your area of expertise, or your hobbies, there is a group for you, as well as an awesome… Read more »
GovLoop recently hosted an awesome online training with Heather Krasna, an expert career coach who has been helping people network and land gigs for many years. As an expert in all things careers and networking, Heather sent us an impressive document, detailing the 7 steps of the networking process. We then transformed it and out… Read more »
Well, here we are: the third post in a series of infographs that transformed content on USAJOBS into works of art. Here are links to the other two: – 4 Winning Tips for a Successful Job Interview – 10 Tips for Letting Federal Employers Know Your Worth By the way, if you like the infograph… Read more »
Two weeks ago, I unveiled a sweet infographic that GovLoop commissioned to spice up some of the resources available at the USAJOBS Info Center. In case you missed it, here’s a link: 4 Winning Tips for a Successful Job Interview In that post, I promised that we would share two more. Well, here’s 2 out… Read more »
A few weeks ago, I was browsing USAJOBS – not because I was looking for a GovGig (I hope Steve just breathed a sigh of relief), but because I wanted to see what kinds of resources were out there for job seekers. I landed on their “Info Center” and discovered a series of tips for… Read more »
GovLoop is set to roll out several new features and resources in 2011. With this post, I am pleased to announce the first of what we hope will be a series of helpful guides designed to assist you in navigating various aspects of government. Our first guide – the 2011 MPA Guide – was created… Read more »