Summary of Managing Your Government Career
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Are you thinking of a government career? If so, consider this parable: When sorority sisters Bailey and Brianna graduated, Bailey went to work for the ABCD Corporation at a nice salary. She picked up a promotion and raise after a year. Unfortunately, Bailey also picked up an exotic disease during a business trip and spent three weeks in the hospital. With no healthcare coverage from work, she went into debt paying her medical bills. Shortly afterward, ABCD announced layoffs. As a new hire, Bailey was one of the first to go. Brianna joined a U.S. federal government agency at a lesser salary than Bailey’s, but her healthcare plan is golden, and she never frets about layoffs. Does that mean you should apply for a government job instead of one in the private sector? In today’s environment, when all jobs are hard to get, business pays better, but government jobs are more secure and the benefits just don’t quit. If you want to learn about U.S. government work, Stewart Liff’s book – based on his 32-year ascent through federal agencies – will tell you everything you need to know, including how to avoid getting tangled in red tape. getAbstract recommends this useful guide to people contemplating a career in the public sector and to civil service recruiters.
In this summary, you will learn
- How to identify the benefits and drawbacks of working for the government;
- How to secure a government job; and
- How to plan your government career.
About the Author
Stewart Liff began his federal government career in 1974. He is the winner of two prestigious governmental employee awards: the President’s Council on Management Improvement Award and the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service.