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    Federal agencies may repay up to $10,000 of an employee’s academic debt per year up to a total of $60,000.  In return the employee must agree to stay with the agency for at least three years.

    So if you have outstanding student loans, during your salary negotiations ask your hiring agency if it would enroll you in the student loan repayment program.  To obtain additional information about the student loan repayment program and to find out which agencies offer this benefit most frequently, click here.

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    Are you going to a conference or meeting where you hope to meet the presenter?  Maybe you have an idea you want to run by him/her?  Maybe you just want to connect and swap business cards?

    Here’s the trick - Find him/her right before they go on.  They are probably in the back looking bored, maybe on their computer, and there is no line to talk to them.  Afterwards, they will be completely swamped and you’ll be lucky to stand in line with 10 others and get 5 minutes.

    So go early to the talk, find the speaker, and talk to them early.

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    After you register on LinkedIn.com, type the name of your target organization into the site’s search window.  You will thereby generate a list of friends, friends-of-friends, and even friends-of-friends-of-friends who work at your target organization.

    Ask the contacts on your LinkedIn list for additional networking contacts, informational interviews, and leads for openings at your target organization.  Also ask them to help you prepare for interviews by providing you with background information about your target organization’s culture and about your interviewers.

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    QUICK TIP: COMMUNICATING WITH THE SILENT TYPE

    An agency contact person is identified on the vacancy announcement of each federal job. Contact the agency contact person for your target job if you have any questions about:

    · How your application has faired thus far in the selection process. Yes, the agency contact person can and will tell you whether your application has been rejected or is still being considered, whether you may be called for an interview, and what numerical score your application earned.

    · The status of the selection process for your target job.

    · Procedures for applying for your target job.

    · The responsibilities and benefits of your target job.

    Don’t be shy: it is the contact person’s job to answer questions from applicants like you.

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    If you are interviewed by phone for your target job, email a professional photo of yourself to your interviewers, if you feel comfortable doing so.

    By providing your photo to your interviewers, you will make a vivid impression on them.  By contrast, your competitors will only be known to your interviewers as body-less (and forgettable) voices.  Remember: Your photo should be businesslike; no casual or suggestive clothing or settings.

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    Whenever you email your resume to your networking contacts or hiring managers, email it as a PDF attachment.  That way, its formatting won’t get fouled up during its electronic journey.  You can quickly convert your resume (or any other document) into a PDF document for free at http://66.89.113.16/doc2pdf.

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