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TOP 5 FIELD: GOVERNMENT

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management estimates that 37 percent of the federal government’s full-time work force will retire by 2016. Even if recessionary times reduce that number a bit, there will still be hundreds of thousands of federal jobs to fill. And, after the recession, local and state governments will likely be hiring, too.

Learn how to position yourself for a government job

UNCLE SAM THE EMPLOYER

In 2008 the Partnership for Public Service (PPS) launched an initiative to help match the government’s critical hiring needs with the talents of baby boomers looking for encore careers.

Read about the launch of the FedExperience initiative
Download the PPS report, A Golden Opportunity:
Recruiting Baby Boomers Into Government

JOINING THE PUBLIC WORK FORCE

To find the right government job, you may need a few tips from insiders. To get started, they suggest you:

Research skills needed, pay and job prospects
Home in on job growth areas
Browse job openings on USAJobs.gov

USAJOBS.GOV

Bart Kendrick found two encore careers in government through USAJobs.gov. First he was hired as the program manager of the 50+ Initiative for the Peace Corps; now he’s helping bring broadband to rural communities.

His advice to others seeking government jobs: “Search for ways to showcase your knowledge, skills and abilities. Experience makes a difference – flaunt it.”
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INTERESTED IN NATIONAL SERVICE?

The Serve America Act, signed into law in 2009, calls for a major expansion in the number of people over 55 serving as AmeriCorps members and for new federally-funded Encore Fellowships.

Read about the Serve America Act plan to create jobs and fellowships for older workers

Learn the status of the Serve America Act

FIND A JOB IN YOUR STATE

Contact your state Department of Labor for state job listings, and search city and county websites to find local positions in government.

Find state and local government employment sites

TOP 5 ENCORE JOB FIELDS

Learn more about how to find work in these fields.

  1. Education
  2. Health care
  3. Environment
  4. Government
  5. Nonprofit

MAYOR BLOOMBERG DISCOVERS ENCORE CAREERS

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks in this video about his delight at discovering the term "encore career" and mentions his own encore career in public service, where he says he is "doing the most important and intense work of my life."

FIND OPENINGS

Projections on where the federal jobs are from the Partnership for Public Service, 2009

Research on projected labor shortages from renowned labor economist, 2010

Tips from U.S. News & World Report, 2009

GET STARTED GUIDE

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