Government employment resources

Information on finding federal, state, and local government jobs, running for office and more state resources.

Federal government resources

The U.S. Federal Government is the largest employer in the country with approximately 2.7 million civilian employees who work both domestically and abroad. The Federal government hires under several authorities with the most common being the Competetive/Civil Service and the Excepted Service.

  • Competitive Service jobs and ALL Pathways internships are posted to USAJobs, which is managed by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). OPM serves as a human resources and regulatory resource that connects federal agencies. OPM is a great resource for understanding the characteristics of federal employment, processes, and tips for improved candidacy.
  • Excepted Service jobs and internships are often posted only to the agency’s own website or hired through a special hiring authority.  This includes agencies as different as the Postal Service and the CIA. Though sometimes posted to, they are seldom hired through USAJobs.

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Top federal job boards

  • Clearance Jobs (Already have a Secret or Top Secret Clearance? Go here to find federal contractors and others looking to hire you)
  • Federal Job Search in Wisconsin (AmericaJobs employment listings specific to Wisconsin)
  • GovernmentJobs.com (This site is mostly a portal for city government agencies, but also lists Federal and State government employment listings organized by category and location)
  • IntelligenceCareers.gov (The homepage of the US Intelligence Community (IC) and the only place where several IC agencies post their opportunities (the rest post to their own agency pages).  IC.gov also hosts a 2x/yearly virtual career fair)
  • USAJobs (Hiring portal for all competitive/civil service jobs and internships)
  • USAJobs Pathways Internships and Recent Grads Job Postings (Direct link to opportunities for students)

Federal resume and cover letter writing

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Specialized resources sites

General federal job resources

State and local government resources and job boards

Resources (all states)

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Job boards

Professional associations

  • APPAM (Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management)
  • ASPA (American Society for Public Administration student page)
  • ICMA (International City/County Management Association)
  • NAPA (National Academy of Public Administration)
  • NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration)

Resume and cover letter writing

General state resources

State of Wisconsin

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General resources

General job boards

Running for Office

  • National Run for Office Day (Tons of resources including a quiz that helps you decide which office at which level is right for you)
  • She Should Run (By identifying and tackling the barriers to elected leadership, She Should Run convinces women from all political leanings, ethnicities, sexual orientations and backgrounds to see themselves as future candidates)
  • Run to Win (From Emily’s List; recruiting and helping thousands of women run for office at the state and local level)
  • How to Run for Office (from NPR)