Federal Career Workbook & Job Hunting Guides

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Take Charge of Your Federal Career


The second edition of Take Charge of Your Federal Career is a practical, action-oriented career management workbook for federal employees. Packed with proven tips and valuable assessment and evaluation tools. This unique workbook provides federal workers with the individualized know-how and guidance they need to identify, obtain, and successfully demonstrate the skills and experience required to qualify for new and better federal jobs.

If you prefer a workbook that you can take notes in and read at your leisure, pick up a copy.  This workbook is specifically designed to complement this website.

You’ll learn how to design a career development plan that includes:

  • Self Assessment
  • Locating Job Opportunities and Career Enhancement Details and Assignments
  • Setting Realistic Goals
  • Develop a Realistic IDP for Targeted Goals and Positions
  • Networking Techniques
  • How to Complete a Dynamite Application
  • Interviewing Techniques, and
  • How to Stay on Track.

Available through Amazon.com or at your local bookstore.

       Take Charge of Your Federal Career (Workbook)

Available at Amazon.com & bookstores.


 The Book of U.S. Government Jobs

The Book of U.S. Government Jobs walks you through the federal hiring process. Readers will find up-to-date information on how the federal employment system works from an insider’s perspective, how to locate job announcements through various methods, and guidance on how to complete a federal application package that will get the attention of rating officials. You’ll learn about special hiring programs for the physically challenged, veterans, and students. Thousands of job opportunities, Civil Service Exam requirements, overseas jobs, Postal Service jobs, how to complete your employment application, and much more. The Job Hunter’s Checklist in Appendix A offers a comprehensive checklist that will take you through the entire federal employment process. Use Appendix A throughout your job search

This book will guide you step-by-step through the federal employment process, from filling out your first employment application to locating job announcements, networking resources, and hiring agencies. Follow the guidelines set forth in this book to dramatically improve your chances of landing a federal job.

       The Book of US Government Jobs

  Available at Amazon.com & bookstores.

Post Office Jobs

The all-new sixth-edition provides an overview of what jobs are available, including many that don’t require written tests, and how to apply for them. You will also find a comprehensive 473/473E study guide with helpful test taking strategies that has dramatically improved many applicant’s exam scores. Seven other sample postal exams are included in this new edition for maintenance, clerical, technician, and other major occupations.

Most limit their job search to mail carrier and clerk positions and are unaware of the many other career opportunities that the postal service offers. Even with mail carriers and clerks making up over 50% of the workforce the postal service still employs over 30,000 building and equipment maintenance workers; 5,000 vehicle maintenance employees, thousands of motor vehicle operators, postal inspectors, computer specialists, accountants, administrative staff, human resource personnel, and professionals across a broad spectrum of fields.

Post Office Jobs is the only post office career guide that includes a comprehensive 473/473E exam study guide, sample exam questions for 7 other careers, and job descriptions for the top 24 occupations. It provides guidance on how to explore alternative civil service occupations and includes a chapter on how to apply for postal inspector positions.

Nancy Ledgerwood, our editor, retired from the postal service in 2013 and provided and insider’s perspective of the postal service’s eCareer recruiting system and testing processes.

Featured Exams:

473/473E Major Entry Level
630/630E Postal Police
710/720/725/730 Clerical Battery
714 Data Conversion Operator
741/744 Accounting
916 Custodial
943 Automotive Mechanic and Technician
955 Mechanical and Electrical Job Skills



        Post Office Jobs

  Available at Amazon.com & bookstores.