Expert tips for moving from a government job to the private sector

Related Links

Trading places

1. Figure out what you want before you start applying for a job.

2. Do your homework about a company before you get there.

3. Spend time networking and getting to know potential employers.

4. Take a job because of what you can do, not because of who you know in government.

5. Get ready to change your pace. It will probably be much faster in the private sector and slower in the public sector.

6. Learn how the budget works in your new job.

7. Be flexible.

8. Discover the culture and learn how to be part of it.

9. Expect a few bumps in the road.

10. Seek help when you need it and ask questions.

Featured

  • Veterans Affairs
    Blue Signage and logo of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    VA health record go-live pushed back to July

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is delaying a planned initial deployment of its $16 billion electronic health record project by four months, but is promising added functionality at the go-live date.

  • Workforce
    The Pentagon (Photo by Ivan Cholakov / Shutterstock)

    Esper says he didn't seek the authority to gut DOD unions

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper told lawmakers he was waiting for a staff analysis of a recent presidential memo before deciding whether to leverage new authority.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.