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Economy stimulates interest in government employment

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in Office Politics,Workplace Communication

The recession’s battering of the private sector isn’t the only thing driving job applicants to consider government employment, according to a new survey by CarerBuilder.com. Job-seekers also know that government agencies are among the few employers with budgets that might go up.

Thank the passage of the federal government’s $787 billion economic stimulus package earlier this year.

According to a survey taken in June, 88% of current job-seekers are open to working for the government, and many are actively seeking to join the ranks of civil servants. That group breaks down into 41% who are looking for federal government positions and 48% targeting state or local government jobs.

More than a third of applicants noted the federal government’s economic stimulus plan as one factor driving them toward public employment.

Respondents said they felt government jobs offered a clear career path (11%), offered flexible scheduling (10%) and conveyed a sense of ownership in one’s position (10%).

Survey respondents also noted the downside of government employment. Some 37% anticipated encountering office politics and unnecessary red tape, 13% feared they would be replaced by a new administration, 12% felt government might not pay as much as comparable private-sector positions and 5% worried they might not move up as quickly as they would in the private sector.

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