Barrataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program

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Barrataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program

Post by alextemplet » Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:28 pm

By some extraordinary stroke of luck, the agency responsible for protecting the largest estuary in North America just happens to be headquartered at my university, on the first floor of the building where my dorm room is located. As I am majoring in environmental biology, I thought it would be worth my time to stop by this morning and ask if they had any employment opportunities open for students. Lo and behold, they do! I filled out an application and was told that I would be able to get an interview sometime after next week.

I would be willing to leave my current restaurant job for this, as this opportunity could be very helpful for my long-term goals. I feel confident that I can get this job, as I have high grades and plenty of experience in giving a good impression during interviews. If I am hired, this will be my second time working for the federal government, except this time there won't be anyone trying to kill me. I won't be making very much money, but with the government already paying my tuition and living expenses, I don't need very much. I think the long-term benefit to my resume is worth a fairly modest income. I was also told promotion opportunities are availabe, depending on job performance and such.

Does anyone have any useful advice? I think I have some pretty good credentials and interview skills, but I'm not very familiar with the interview/hiring process outside of the restaurant industry, where interviews are very informal and references are rarely (if ever) checked.

I'll have to make sure to post here the results of my interview, so you can congratulate me on a great new job!
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Post by mcar » Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:01 pm

Very short reminder: just be yourself.

In our country, I heard that the resume must not be too long, it must contain only those necessary information and it should be secured in a folder. Have a good eye contact, and wear an attire of any pastel color of your choice, preferably cool to the eyes. For Chinese, they say that a red color also signifies confidence, and black means insecurity. But I think a pretty color relaxing to the eyes is alright. If you find yourself pausing and thinking in some questions asked, slightly move your eyes to the ground as you think of a response and you immediately reestablish your eye contact once you are ready. Always have a positive smile. I know you can do it. So good luck!
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Post by AstusAleator » Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:43 am

Dress according to the position: ie if it's a field-going position then casual (jeans) is appropriate. If it's a lab job, then slacks are good. If it's an office job, then slacks and a nice shirt. Etc.

Also, you're a passionate guy (it seems) so let that come across. You're probably also ambitious. The government loves ambitious young people (preferably minorities, women, and veterans).

Furthermore don't get sucked into political talk if you can help it. Working for the federal government, you have to do what's handed down, rather than serve your own agenda. If you really want the job, swallow your pride AND your political opinions.

That brings me to my last point: Paint the best possible picture of yourself, even if you become disenchanted with the job. If, during the interview, they start listing off all the undesirable things you'll have to do, don't let any dissapointment or dismay show. Just keep up the act. You can always decline the job afterward, if you so choose.
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