Social media sites have become much more than places to post your latest selfie you posed for 20 times until you got it just right. The division between personal relationships and professional ones continues to blur as Facebook friends turn into Twitter followers who then turn into LinkedIn connections.
People expand their personal networks through social media. A social media friending, following or connecting can never replace genuine relationships, but social media platforms can serve as mediums for job seekers to find current information about available jobs and connect with people who can help them land those jobs.
After you finish watching the latest viral video, check out these Twitter feeds to help you in your government job search.
USAJobs is the federal government’s job portal. All federal jobs are posted to USAJobs. Applicants fill out the online application once and can tweak it again and again as new jobs interest them. This beats the old days when each federal agency had its own methods for accepting job applications. On this feed, you’ll find links to open federal jobs and other information helpful to federal job seekers.
The US Office of Personnel Management is essentially the federal government’s human resources department. OPM work “to recruit, retain and honor a world-class workforce for the American people.” They do this in several ways: maintaining USAJobs; conducting background investigations for prospective employees and security clearances; ensuring fair management practices across federal agencies; managing employee benefits programs; providing professional development programs; and leading development, testing, and implementation of new policies related to personnel. Tweets from OPM give you an idea of what working in the federal government is like.
Government Executive is a publication that delivers news federal managers want to know. Common topics include the budgeting; employee compensation and benefits; breaking agency news; and politics. Tweets from Government Executive tell you what’s happening right now in federal service and what is on top level managers’ minds.
Go Government is a resource for people seeking federal employment, particularly young people. It is a project of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize the federal government “by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works. We believe that good government starts with good people. And, we believe that by strengthening the civil service and addressing the needs of people in government, we help the government to work better—to serve the needs of all Americans.” Go Government is not a job board. Rather, it points people to a job and gives practical advice on applying.
This Twitter account is associated with a company specializing in advertising government jobs. You can find and apply for jobs from around the nation in just about every public sector discipline. If you are looking for a job and you’re not limited by city, state or part of the country, this job board can be a great place to find your next gig.
This account is associated with a company that advertises local government jobs. If working in federal or state government is too big picture for you, local government jobs allow you to serve directly the people in your community. If you have a passion for local government service, you can find openings here.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs has jobs available across the nation providing assistance to military veterans. The agency is known most for the health care services it provides. This Twitter feed posts information about job fairs, what working at the VA is like and stories about how the VA helps its customers.
Federal News Radio is a Washington, DC, metro area radio station with a content-rich online presence. It delivers breaking new important to federal employees and contractors.