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Many Want To Work For Gov’t Despite Shutdown

From the federal workers own newsletter, the Washington Post:

Despite government shutdown, federal job seekers bombard agencies with applications

By Annys Shin | October 20, 2013

Amid furloughs, pay freezes and political attacks on civil servants, the National Park Service recently posted an opening for a senior communications position that drew 400 applicants. Local universities report waiting lists for federal résumé workshops. And government job gurus are as busy as ever.

The 16-day government shutdown may have been demoralizing for the country’s more than 2 million federal workers, but it did little to deter the hundreds of thousands of people who scour government job listings daily and bombard agencies with résumés, all for the chance to join their ranks.

“Some say, ‘Why would I do this to myself?’ But they still want these jobs,” said Lisa Andrews, head of career services at University of Maryland University College. The school, which serves mostly working adults, offers a federal résumé writing webinar that consistently draws about 100 people at a time, more than any other, she said.

You mean some people are still willing to ‘work’ at a place where they can get two weeks paid vacation, plus unemployment, and free popcorn — and they still get to complain about it?

A job where they are paid twice what they would get in the private sector? Where they can never be fired, where they get a lavish healthcare benefits and a pension for life? — What a tribute to the indomitable human spirit.

The popularity of federal jobs reflects the continued weakness of the job market, four years out from the end of the Great Recession, federal hiring experts said. As much as the public sector has been buffeted by turmoil in recent months, it is still seen as a haven from something even more uncertain: the private sector.

Oh, come on. No one ever gets furloughed for two weeks with pay plus unemployment in the private sector. They are spared that torture.

“The government is still aggressively hiring,” said Lily Whiteman, author of “How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job.” “You look no matter what is going on because that’s where the jobs are.” …

Which is why we just had to go yet another trillion dollars into debt.

As of Wednesday, there were nearly 8,000 job postings and an average of 43 applicants for each job whose application deadline was that day, said Office of Personnel Management spokesman John Marble.

The federal government, which hired about 90,000 people last fiscal year, is in the midst of a retirement wave. And that, in turn, is triggering a hiring boom…

And it has nothing to do with the government metastasizing like the most aggressive cancer.

Working for taxpayers holds its own allure, said Sharon Gibson, who recruits veterans for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which hired 721 out of 28,000 applicants last year. “It’s about service and giving back.” …

Yes, it’s all about self-sacrifice. We have seen that in just the last couple of weeks when federal workers stayed off the job even though they knew they would be paid.

The unflagging interest in federal jobs is even more remarkable given how arcane and difficult the process of landing one can be. Despite efforts to slash essay writing requirements, it remains daunting…

You can see that by just talking to any federal worker. They are always a cut above.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Many Want To Work For Gov’t Despite Shutdown”

  1. Be a farmer or rancher. You’ll have all the work you want. Believe me ..

  2. BillK

    A 16-day paid vacation, regular pay increases and few if any layoffs? What’s not to like?




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