Nine Reasons to Pursue a Federal Job
INDIANAPOLIS—Occupational expert and author Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., is widely known for pinpointing which occupations and industries are most likely to offer employment opportunities, job security and great rewards. In his newest book, 150 Best Federal Jobs, he demystifies
He explains, “The federal government is one of
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- Federal jobs tend to be more secure. When agencies need to reduce
their size, they usually do so by attrition (that is, not replacing people who leave). Employees can challenge termination or o ther personnel decisions through a formal appeals process.
- Hiring and promotion in federal jobs are guided by a stronger commitment to diversity and inclusion than you’ll find in most private-sector worksites.
- Federal jobs offer a wider selection of health-insurance plans than do private-sector employers. Retirees can continue
their health-insurance coverage for thesame fee they paid while working.
- Federal jobs offer better retirement benefits than many jobs in
- Federal jobs offer 10 holidays per year.
- Federal jobs offer 13 vacation days per year to beginning workers, 20 days after 3 years, and 26 days after 15 years. To this, add 13 days of sick leave per year.
- Federal jobs often permit flexible work arrangements. For example, you may be able to work four 10-hour days per week or do some work from home. Workers are rarely required to work more than 40 hours. This can make a huge difference in some fields such as law and accounting.
- High-quality day care for children is often available at federal job sites or sometimes is subsidized at off-site centers.
- Federal jobs can give you
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