Most Federal Employees dream of a better life, higher pay, and a challenging position with responsibility?  Learn how to turn your dreams into reality and find the ideal federal job.

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Self Assessment

The Assessment Process featured here utilizes the tools that are readily available to all Federal Employees and culminate in the development of a comprehensive Individual Development Plan (IDP).

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Explore Opportunities

Match your skills, education, work experiences, and interests to specific job series.  Explore all of your options and review the associated Classification Standards and Position Descriptions to match your assessment results with that occupation.

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Individual Development Plans

Individual Development Plans (IDPs) are tailored to your special needs and circumstances. They help improve current job performance, focus on career development for your future career goals, and they can be used to enhance personal development.

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Apply For Jobs

Tailor your application to the job vacancy announcement to improve your chances. Applicants who tailor their applications to the job announcement are typically rated higher and are more likely to be referred to the selecting official for interviews. .

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Federal Employee's Career Development Center

Federal employees, learn how to turn your dreams into reality and be one of the thousands each year that are promoted or attain higher level government jobs.  

Complete an assessment, explore opportunities, prepare a comprehensive Individual Development Plan (IDP), and apply for targeted position jobs.

Develop realistic and viable Individual Development Plans (IDPs) in concert with your supervisor that will get you to where you want to be, with agency support and resources!

Complete a professional application and learn how to tailor your application and federal style resume to the core duties and responsibilities listed in the job announcement.    



Welcome to the Federal Employee's Career Development Center. This site assists federal government civil service employees to develop realistic Individual Development Plans (IDPs). Federal employees have attractive career development and upward mobility opportunities available to them. This site can also be used by federal job seekers that aren't sure what federal occupation best matches their knowledge, skills, and abilities.

What separates those who want to progress in their careers from those who actually achieve success? The fact is that it’s not enough to dream about promotions, great new jobs, and higher pay, you have to plan a course of action to achieve those goals. The factors that will determine whether or not you succeed are motivation, personal initiative, and taking the steps (ACTIONS) necessary to make your dreams come true.

If you’re not satisfied with your current job or if you’ve been bypassed for a promotion don’t despair, help is out there if you know where to look. You have many options and career paths to pursue in the federal sector. Even if you lack the required education or experience there are ways to obtain the training and skills needed to reach your career goals. Use our comprehensive Federal Employee's Career Development Checklist and Sitemap to guide you through the process.

Constructive supervisory feedback, often so feared, is actually good for you. You just need to know how to handle it and not take it as a personal attack. Success is built on many failures, and those who are not willing to try, and possibly fail, will never succeed.

Featured Agencies & Careers

The following articles are posted on our Federal Career Blog. We feature different agencies and occupations each month and interview key personnel in a diverse cross section of occupations. Locate specific careers and agencies of interest on our Blog Index.  

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A good reason to prepare an IDP, especially for federal employee's that are in their mid to late careers, is to increase their high three average salary for retirement. A promotion can significantly increase your retirement annuity. This is also a good time to start planning your retirement so you and your family will understand what you will have to live on, when you will be eligible, and the best time for you to leave. Visit www.federalretirement.net for comprehensive FERS and CSRS retirement planning guidance. 


"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

A famous quote from Confucius

"Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire."

A famous quote from Johnny Carson

"The best way to predict the future is to create it."

A famous quote from Abraham Lincoln

"Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet."

A famous quote from Robert H. Schuller

"You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do."

A famous quote from Confucius

"For the man (or woman) who doesn’t know what harbor to sail for, no wind is the right wind"

A famous quote from An ancient Roman proverb

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Use this Professional Resume Service to find out what federal occupational series and grades you qualify for, if your current resume is compliant with federal HR standards, and how to get your application to the top of the best qualified list. 

Federal Retirement Planning Guide

Our Retirement Planning Guide Helps federal employees and annuitants understand their benefits and make the transition from active federal employee to an informed, financially secure, and involved retiree. You will also find employment opportunities for retirees seeking to earn extra income or to simply remain active in retirement.



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Learn about current issues and trends on our Federal Retirement Planning Blog that impact federal employees and annuitants. This site covers benefits, the Thrift Savings Plan, Social Security, Medicare, lifestyle and travel. 

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