So you feel as if you would be a perfect candidate for government jobs-but you aren't entirely sure what you're going to need to do. So how would a guy or gal like you know that you're cut out for it?
Well, first of all, if you plan on working for Uncle Sam, you need to have a pretty much spotless record. No felonies and no domestic violence charges or other serious things such as that. Pretty much, since you're working for the government, they want to make sure that you are an upstanding citizen who won't bring shame to the government-and won't do anything that could cause a problem. It's pretty simple-if you've stayed out of trouble, you can work for the government.
Next, you need to be qualified. Now, if you need a job right that very second, as soon as you can get working, the better, then you will need to take the time to see if you can find a job that you are qualified for. If you can take a bit of time, then you can find out what is needed and then proceed to adapt yourself to that. You may find that by just gaining one or two credentials that you open up even more job opportunities! Then again, there are also some jobs that will train you on job and then open up even more opportunities if you find that you need to leave that work field for whatever reason.
Next, are you willing to move? Some, but not all, government jobs require that you do either a bit of traveling or that you move to different areas when you are needed. If you are unwilling to do this, you may need to look into a government job that guarantees that you stay at home. These are far and few between, but look at it this way: travel can be a great experience for you if you don't get out much.
You also need to be willing to be called in for certain emergencies-or if they need someone to work. The government isn't just a regular old company that you can blow off and then go to their competitor-they need a certain level of "alright, I can give up a few hours" and willingness to work. Make sure that you have the time, but remember that the government is very family oriented-if there is a family emergency, there is a high chance they will do everything that they can in order to get you home if needed.
Being polite and friendly also helps you, since many government jobs involve public interaction-let's face it, if you can't interact with the public many of the jobs aren't for you. However, if you are a bit shy, you may find that there are a few jobs in the back room that might be better-suited for you.
Take your time to think about whether you have most or all of these qualities. It will help you to make an informed decision about the job that you are considering.