Career Opportunities in Government
Career opportunities in government have never been better but navigating the application process takes some fore-thought. The resources outlined here will help you begin the process of deciding what type of government position may be best for you. Start by first considering the type of government job you are interested in… federal, state, county or city?
No employer offers more opportunities to make a positive difference in the lives of others than our federal government. In fact, the federal government is the nation’s single largest employer. An aging workforce, 36% of which are currently eligible to retire, spells OPPORTUNITY for students!
- Get detailed information about government jobs for people in your major.
- Find and apply for federal jobs as well as view a list of federal internships.
- Watch Making A Difference Video
- Hiring Reform: Pathways for students and recent grads
- List of federal careers by college major
The first step in getting a state job is to take a state exam for the classification in which you are interested. The State Department conducting the exam will review your application. Once you are pre-qualified for the position, the department will contact you with the date, time and place to take the test. Once you complete the exam, you will receive your Notice of Test Results. All persons who pass the test (generally those who achieve an overall score of 70% or more) will be placed on the employment list for the classification. To be eligible for consideration for a state job, you must be in the highest 3 ranks (by score) on the employment list.
42% of states and 35% of the largest cities in the US use exams as well. Not all exams are offered every year so you want to be aware of when exams are offered for the fields you are interested in. Once you are on the approved list you will be ranked by score, often only the top three candidates are seen by the hiring manager. Yes, these are competitive positions but public service offers work/life balance and an opportunity to serve your community every day.
Best Resources for State and Local jobs
- National Association of Counties- www.naco.org
- National League of Cities- www.nlc.org
- International City/County Management Association- www.icma.org
- Public Employees Network, Civil Service Exam and Test- www.pse-net.com/library.htm
CSUF students and alums (within one year of graduation) can call 657-278-3121 for a Career Center appointment; we look forward to helping you with your public service job search!