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The Feds are hiring, learn how to navigate the application process

With all the hype about Base Realignment and Closure, BRAC  - as we often hear it referred to, bringing approximately 45,000 new jobs to the Maryland area by 2011, now is the time to learn how to apply for a job with the federal government.

Although the Federal Hiring Process Improvement Act of 2009, introduced by Senators Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) to reshape the government’s hiring and recruitment process  - eliminating KSA’s - passed the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee without debate, we’ll have to be patient before major changes are in place. Granted, with the appointment of John Berry as Director of the Office of Personnel Management, it’s exciting that hiring reform is among his top priorities. So again, now is the perfect time for candidates in prime locations to learn how to apply for a job with the federal government.

According to GovCentral, Maryland is among the five best states for government jobs and Baltimore, MD is among 10 cities in desperate need of government employees. Your local library, The Enoch Pratt Free Library, is hosting two federal hiring workshops to provide a roadmap for you to navigate the process.

The Job and Career Information Center  is bringing Kathryn Troutman, the federal employment expert and author of Ten Steps to a Federal Job and Karol Taylor, co-author of Guide to America’s Federal Jobs to Baltimore City’s Central Library on Sunday, November 8, 2009 and December 13, 2009 from 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m respectively.

After attending the workshops you’ll be confident and knowledgeable about the hiring process and ready to research opportunities in the Baltimore, MD area. A great place to start is the Baltimore County BRAC Action Plan and The BRACtion Plan for Baltimore City to see what your local Workforce Development plan is doing to assist job seekers in your area. Most importantly, don’t forget to visit USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government!

Featured Baltimore Employer: Baltimore Data Capture Center, BDCC, is recruiting approximately more than 2,500 full-time and part-time temporary employees for positions starting in January 2010. The BDCC is located at 8411 Kelso Road, Essex Maryland. The facility will support the 2010 Census by processing millions of Census forms. Apply online at www.jobsthatcount.org

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