Private sector jobs may be drying up, but displaced and downsized workers can still find work in Obama’s government.

While the number of jobs available in the private sector has shrunk by 4% since December 2007, federal employment has grown by 1.7%, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute. Another think tank, the Heritage Foundation, estimates that the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act could create 100,000 additional public sector jobs by 2012.

“Government is an area where you can transfer a variety of skills from other industries and professions,” says Jennifer Grasz, a spokesperson for “Opportunities vary widely from project managers and administrative staff to engineers, financial managers and program analysts. “

Where to Look
Finding a job with the federal government may not be as simple as sitting down with the Sunday paper. Here are a few places where you can start your search.
The Office of Personnel’s website has job information as well as sections that explain the government’s complex pay grade system.

Career One Stop

This U.S. Department of Labor website offers career advice and contains options for a range of applicants including students and working professionals.

The Plum Book
The United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions site lists more than 7,000 presidentially-appointed positions.
This site contains information about presidentially-appointed jobs and a running tally of appointments.

Government Accountability Office
The investigative arm of the U.S. Congress usually hires independently of the Office of Personnel. Positions offered are ideal for people with experience in accountancy, law and investigation.

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