The United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions is more widely known as the Plum Book, a comprehensive listing of 10,000 civil service support and leadership positions that are either filled or vacant. Published by the federal government and by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives alternately every four years following a presidential election, the Plum Book includes jobs in the executive and legislative branches that could be subject to noncompetitive appointments as well as agency lead positions, advisors, policy executives and immediate subordinates.
With each new publication of the Plum Book, i.e., every presidential election year, anyone can access every political position that existed during the outgoing presidential administration, including names of officeholders and their salaries. With Democrats primarily in charge of the government for the past eight years, the results of November’s election may bring a deluge of jobseekers flooding the present POTUS’s transitional employment office in Washington. D.C. Many vacant positions will involve senior policy and support positions (Schedule C jobs, for example).
The Plum Book 2016 makes it easy to compare your skills, experience and background with whoever is currently holding that position. The Plum Book also lists every political appointment position regardless of whether it is filled or vacant, which may help you remain proactive in your search for an SES position with the federal government.
Plum Book listings are designated by letter codes indicating appointment type. For example, the appointment code NA stands for Non-Career Appointment, SC stands for Schedule C Excepted Appointment and TA means Limited Term Appointment. In addition, multiple appointment types may fill several job categories. Consequently, Senior Executive Service positions could be filled with outside appointments or career federal employees.
The Plum Book also provides valuable information regarding different base salary scales and above-base percentages for various localities. For example, someone employed within the NYC metropolitan area would receive nearly 29 percent above base pay because of the city’s high cost-of-living rate.
Just a few of the SES positions listed in the previous Plum Book (2012) labeled as vacant include:
Remember, you will also find a full list of federal positions, a list of civil service positions, a list of Schedule C positions and a list of senior foreign service positions all neatly categorized and designated as vacant, career-appointed or currently filled.
Although the Plum Book 2016 is an excellent way to find that a federal position suited to your skills, experience and knowledge, the ultimate challenge in landing that dream job using the Plum Book is figuring out how to create a resume that stands out like a supernova above hundreds of other resumes. That’s where CareerProPlus can help you expertly structure your professional resume, develop exceptionally dynamic SES Executive Core Qualification statements and create a highly competitive application package to increase your chances of working for the next administration in 2017.
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