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By Alex Harrington & Angela Freeman

You feel a calling–eagerness to go into public service–and a federal career is your first choice. Whatever the reasons, either patriotism or financial security, you begin to look for opportunities in the federal government. But as soon as you start the job search you’re faced with an overwhelming layer of barriers between you and access to your first federal job: the perplexing government jargon, multiple hiring paths and authorities, ambiguous rules and hiring processes, umpteen assessment questions on a job application, lack of status updates on an application, and misunderstanding of just about all aspects of the federal hiring process. Given the dazzling array of barriers, it’s almost as if they don’t want you to apply.