I'm interested in learning about the hiring needs and application process for federal jobs in the Pittsburgh area. As far as I'm aware, Pittsburgh has FBI, Secret Service, ATF and US Marshal locations. I plan on checking with FedsHireVets to find out more but in the meantime I would love to know what the ACP community can share as far as knowledge of federal networking opportunities and career prospects in the Pittsburgh area.
Networking in the sense of being directly referred for fed jobs based on my experience won’t help much. It’s a highly structured formulaic process, unlike the private sector. There’s also a nepotism policy.
Additionally, there are strict NDAs agreed to that limits what folks who’ve gone through the process may share with others. That said, feel free to DM me and I could answer any general questions you may have.
If you’d be interested in working at a federal laboratory check out the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory (https://navalnuclearlab.energy.gov/bettis-atomic-power-laboratory/). This federal lab is run by contractors but I’m sure Dept of Energy and Department of the Navy have jobs in or around the lab.
I’d suggest that you network at the target company or industry. Use LinkedIn to find people already working there and reach out to them. Ask them the process they used to get hired and ask them to help you navigate the hiring process and if they are willing, ask them to submit you as a referral. These activities require much more time on your part but in my opinion would greatly increase your chances for success. Good luck!
I'm happy to work with you - Vets to Feds is my specialty as a Federal resume writer and career coach. Check out my website and LinkedIn page and then get in touch.
I can help you learn how to navigate USAJOBS, read Federal job announcements, determine which one is the best fit for you, write you a resume that gets you referred to the hiring manager, and help prepare you for the Federal interview process.
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