As Americans Fail to Find Work, Social Networking Site Helps Thousands Connect to Government Careers

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GovLoop, the leading social network for government, is connecting its 50,000 members with free job search, online training, resume reviews and mentoring services that help them launch and advance in government jobs.

As jobless numbers look bleak and economic reports point to a deeper recession, GovLoop -- the leading social network for public sector employees -- has been effectively helping thousands of its members to launch and advance in government careers. In fact, just as the U.S. Census reported that local and state government shed more than 200,000 jobs in 2010 and the overall unemployment rate remains steady at 9.1%, GovLoop has hit several key milestones:

  • Over 2,000 participants have attended free online training regarding government careers
  • 600 members have joined the community's "Rock Your Resume" group and 100 members have received free resume reviews
  • 300 members volunteered to participate in a pilot Mentors Program that quickly made more than 50 matches in an 8-week period

Building upon this success in linking people to government careers, GovLoop announced today that it has now made it easier for job seekers to find Federal employment by launching Jobs.GovLoop.com. Jobs.GovLoop.com highlights the 10 best job postings on USAJOBs -- the official Federal job portal -- each week in the following categories: Acquistion, Budget, Human Resources, IT and Entry-Level as well as $100K+ jobs. The site also leverages GovLoop's base of nearly 50,000 members who post openings at their agencies and career advice through blog posts and special interest groups.

Moreover, GovLoop spurs career advancement in government through its “Rock Your Resume” resume review service, government-wide mentoring program, and online job training series - all at no cost to GovLoop members.

  • “Rock Your Resume” free resume review service – Rock Your Resume is a joint project of GovLoop and Young Government Leaders, the leading professional organization for government employees who are “young” in their service and/or “fresh” in their perspective. Job seekers submit their resume for a free professional review by Camille Roberts, Career Expert at CC Career Services, and Paul Binkley, Director of Career Services for The George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. To date, over 100 candidates have received resume reviews.
  • Government-wide mentoring program – According to the Office of Personnel Management, six out of every 10 federal employees—including 90 percent of senior executives—will be eligible to retire over the next 10 years. In response to this impending government “brain drain”, GovLoop launched the first government-wide mentoring program earlier this summer in partnership with The Training Connection. The program is free and is currently accepting new applicants to participate beginning in January 2012.
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  •           Online training courses – GovLoop regularly hosts free online trainings with career experts on topics ranging from networking tips, writing federal resumes and advice for new hires. On September 20, GovLoop will host its fifth training of the year featuring the Washington Post's “Federal Coach” Tom Fox, who will speak on “The Three Secrets to Becoming an Amazing Manager.” Participants can register online.    

GovLoop is the premier social network for government, connecting nearly 50,000 members from federal, state, and local government. GovLoop is a division of GovDelivery, the leading government communications platform. Learn more or sign up at http://www.govloop.com.

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