Secrets of the Job Hunt


Friday, May 28, 2010

How to Get Tucson Government Jobs

There are plenty of opportunities for those seeking Tucson government jobs.

Tucson's government industry employed 79,900 workers during April, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is up from 78,700 workers during March, but a 2.4 percent decrease from last year.

During 2004, there were 262,000 employees in Arizona's local government industry, which is about 65 percent of all government employment in the state. According to the Arizona Department of Commerce, there are more than 12 city governments and 70 school districts in Maricopa County alone.

Each city, county and regional government, as well as local school district, is responsible for its own hiring process, so application procedures differ throughout the state. If you want to work with a city, county or regional government, you should directly contact the personnel department.

Most employers, including local governments, use applicant tracking systems, or ATS, to measure your resume, so it's important to know what to include. When applying for a government position, your resume should feature:

  • Job information - Announcement number, title and grade of the job for which you are applying.
  • Personal information - Full name, mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers; country of citizenship; and veteran's preference. If you were previously employed by the federal government, also include your reinstatement eligibility and the highest federal civilian grade you held.
  • Education - Name, city and state of high school, as well as date of diploma or GED; colleges and universities attended, subjects you majored in, and type of degrees you received; and a copy of your transcript if the job ad requests it.
  • Work experience - Job titles held; what you did and accomplished; previous employers' names and addresses; starting and ending dates; how many hours per week you worked; what you earned; and whether or not your current supervisor may be contacted.
  • Other qualifications - Job-related training courses; job-related skills, such as typing speed, languages you speak, and computer software and hardware knowledge; job-related certificates and licenses you've obtained; and job-related honors, awards or special accomplishments you've earned.

If you're having trouble formulating your resume, try using a free resume builder to help you along the way.

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