About one-fourth of US college students list government as one of their three major targeted employers, according to the 2013 Student Survey. Yet just 8.5% of all federal workers are younger than 30…a crucial strategy for bringing more young people in is strengthening their understanding of the fed’s application process.

The Resume Place — publisher of the new Student’s Federal Career Guide, 3rd edition and a certifying trainer on the federal hiring process — recently talked with federally trained career counselors at two colleges. Tamara Golden at the University of California, San Diego and Emily Gomez, MS at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill shared tips for getting the inside edge in the federal job market.

A stunning Government Accountability Office report, released January 29th, predicts that more than a third of career fed-workers will be eligible to retire by 2017

“These findings shows that the government will need to hire young people and new grads to move toward the future,” observes leading fed jobs expert Kathryn Troutman. Her revised and updated 3rd edition of The Student’s Federal Career Guide has just been released. “This guide is a must-have if you want to be among the chosen ones who are hired by the feds

it features eight examples of outstanding federal resumes that enabled real-life college students and recent grads to land positions with Uncle Sam.

At The Resume Place, we emphasize the importance of “keywords” in building successful FEDERAL RESUMES. Not surprising, constructing an effective LinkedIn® Profile requires a similar attention to “keywords.” We also emphasize the important of formal networks — in addition to person-to-person networking, social media sites (such as LinkedIn®, Facebook®, and Twitter®) provide another opportunity to connect with other professionals and boost your career online. Recruiting and hiring has changed dramatically over the years. We know that recruiters “comb” social media sites to learn who is looking for jobs. Take the steps to optimize your profile so that potential employers can find you when they are seeking qualified candidates.

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