Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public by Heather Krasna

By Heather Krasna

Jobs That topic offers task seekers with the information they should land an excellent task in executive (including neighborhood, nation, and federal), nonprofit, or company businesses serving the general public stable. This publication is helping you pinpoint the precise public provider profession in your pursuits and abilities, after which is helping you land it with key study, networking, resume, disguise letter, and interviewing options. alongside how you ll learn profiles of individuals in quite a few public provider jobs, exhibiting how they received their jobs and what they re like.

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For a state agency, a division manager may be the top person at an agency. The division manager provides strategic oversight of an agency, leads staff, manages a budget, creates policy recommendations and legislative proposals, and monitors program performance. The typical trajectory for such a career usually starts at an entry level, 40 Jobs That Matter includes positions that involve technical expertise in the division’s mission area, and progresses over a long time at one agency. Top executives of federal agencies are often appointed directly by the President, though other top positions may include regional directors for field offices and others in the Senior Executive Service, which is the top level of federal civil service.

I believe in taking my career temperature every three to five years and asking whether I am learning anything. If the answer is no, my responsibility is not to stay at the agency and complain, but to find out where the new opportunity is. What skills, education/training, abilities, values, or personality are needed to succeed in this field? First, you need to like people and have good interpersonal skills. You need the ability to provide answers and resources; to come up with different ways to do things; to research, analyze, and collect information; and to defend recommendations.

As a result, opportunities for advancement in small cities can be limited. To advance in state government, you might have to move to your state’s capital city. To advance in federal government, you may have to be willing to move to another state or Washington, DC. Also, the heads of agencies are typically appointed by the executive in power (the President, a governor, or a mayor), which means the agency’s priorities might change with a new administration. Depending on how high-level your job is, each new election can create some turmoil.

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