6,000+ expected at government job fair

Tuesday - 7/13/2010, 10:40am EDT

John Palguta, vice president for policy, Partnership for Public Service

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By Rachel Stevens
Federal News Radio

If you're looking for a new federal job, you're in luck.

On Wednesday, July 14, the Partnership for Public Service is holding its largest-ever job fair in D.C. Eighty federal agencies will be attending.

Representatives from the Smithsonian to the CIA to the Postal Service to the Peace Corps will be in present. Accountants, microbiologists, historians, lawyers and IT specialists are just some of the positions available.

For a complete list of agencies participating, click here.

The fair will be held at the National Building Museum located at 401 F St., NW, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Many employers will be accepting resumes on-site. Others will encourage applicants to use USAJobs.gov.

John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership, tells Federal News Radio that over 5,000 job-seekers have already registered to attend, but PPS expects as many as 6,000 to show up tomorrow.

The event is free, but Palguta says the Partnership encourages people to register online ahead of time.

The Partnership says their research indicates that the federal government will be hiring for 50,000 entry-level jobs and 60,000 paid internships over the next year. Positions are available all around the country and worldwide.

"Agencies have substantial hiring needs… [but] there will be many, many people interested in those jobs," Palguta says.

No one should expect to have a job just handed to them, Palguta says, but the fair is an opportunity to "[connect] great government organizations with some great talent."

The Partnership has hosted the job fair for the last eight summers. Palguta says it has grown to record-setting levels of participants every year.

Rachel Stevens is an intern with Federal News Radio.

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