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Starting Your Career at the U.S. Department of Labor

A Reference Guide for College Students and College Placement Officers

I. Introduction

This reference guide summarizes Federal and, more specifically, the Department of Labor (DOL) hiring process and career opportunities. Additionally, it contrasts the differences between private and Federal hiring processes to assist college students in developing a strong Federal job application.

The information contained in this guide is not intended to be all-inclusive but rather to provide you with a general overview. For additional information, refer to DOL's Opportunities are Open brochure, which is available at any of DOL's Human Resources Offices, or at DOL's Internet Website at Additional information on how to pursue a Federal career may be obtained from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Website at


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