I promised the listeners to my KGO-AM (ABC-San Francisco) radio show that I'd post the list of websites containing federal job listings that I mentioned on tonight's show. Here they are. (I've added a few.):
To access the federal job openings, start with http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/a9recoveryjobs.asp
Visit your favorite individual federal agency sites. The major ones can be accessed from http://dcjobsource.com/fed.html. Agencies may have special positions and recruitment programs listed only on their
site. That means you'll be competing with fewer job seekers. Also, some federal agencies, for example, the FBI, Federal Reserve, Government Accountability Office, and CIA don't have to advertise their jobs on usajobs.gov.
An even more under-the-radar source of federal jobs is www.fedbizopps.gov. It lists federal jobs, including many overseas ones (Iraq or Afghanistan, anyone?) that are filled via Personal Service Contracts.
Those jobs are less secure than government jobs but usually pay more.
Some federal agencies, for example, EPA, State, FBI, FDIC, and Treasury often fill unadvertised openings at job fairs. Some are listed at www.govcentral.com/careers/articles/1871 and at www.fedjobs.com/chat/jobfairs.html
Some private temp agencies staff federal temp positions. Some of those agencies are listed on: www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/c21666.htm.
If you're a student, a backdoor route into a permanent government job is a federal internship. www.makingthedifference.gov lists 200 federal internship programs. Also see www.studentjobs.gov.
There's a directory of federal jobs set aside for veterans and people with disabilities: apps.opm.gov/sppc_directory.