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  • How stressful is your career?

    You don’t have to be a law enforcement officer, work in a hazardous environment or have a job that has heavy physical and high-risk demands to be in a stressful career, many occupations you might not think of can be just as stressful.

  • New bill supports medical marijuana research for vets

    House lawmakers this week advanced a bill that would push the Department of Veterans Affairs to do more research into the safety and effectiveness of medical marijuana.

  • FMLA’s 25th anniversary prompts new leave legislation

    Twenty-five years ago this month, then President Bill Clinton signed into law a bill that requires certain employers to provide unpaid medical leave to employees, and on its anniversary, new legislation has been introduced that would create a program to make that leave paid.

  • It’s flu season; drink more wine

    Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are giving people a new reason to have a glass of merlot—it can prevent severe flu.

  • Military seeking drug-free pain management

    Several federal agencies are partnering to find better ways to treat veterans' and servicemembers' pain that does not involve drugs.

Federal Resume

  • Top ten ECQ mistakes

    Resume Place writer Nicole Schultheis discusses the top 10 mistakes that she encounters when working with candidates’ ECQ drafts—and how to avoid them.

  • Want an IT job with IRS? They are hiring

    I got an email from Paula Galloway, who is the Schedule A Program Manager at IRS – and who recently won the 2018 Employee of the Year Award from Employment Opportunity Publications. She cares about her Schedule A federal jobseekers.

  • Three cheers for the Military Spouse Employment Act of 2018

    As any military spouse will tell you, being married to the military with moving up to 10 times in 20 years, can make it almost impossible to have a career for the spouse. As any military spouse will tell you, being married to the military is like living the life of a gypsy family?

  • Diverse jobs for vets

    Tell me, when you think of military folks retiring or separating and taking their skills to a job in government, what federal organizations come to mind?

  • VA expedites hiring for occupations with ‘severe shortage of candidates’

    The VA is looking for tens of thousands of employees in scores of occupations, from healthcare to IT to building maintenance, which the VA considers a critical personnel situation because overworked staffers in understaffed occupations can have higher rates of attrition

Federal Coach

  • A four-star general’s leadership advice: ‘Communicate, communicate and communicate’

    Tom Fox speaks with Lester Lyles, a retired Air Force four-star general, about his approach to leadership, the importance of direct and honest communication, and his love of fast cars.

  • Federal Coach: Leadership books for volatile and uncertain times

    Leaders – especially those in the federal government – are facing some extraordinary challenges these days. Our volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous world, or VUCA as the military and intelligence communities call it, seems to be running at a fever pitch.

  • Federal Coach: Sen. Thom Tillis on why he expects his staffers to apply for other jobs

    Sen. Thom Tillis (R.N.C.) was a management consultant before entering elective politics, and has used this background to help inform his decision-making as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel and to manage his Senate staff. In a conversation with Tom Fox, Tillis talked about how he promotes professional development of his employees and the approach he takes to ensure staff accountability.

  • Federal Coach: A conversation with the NIH director on overseeing medical breakthroughs, making music and riding a Harley

    Francis S. Collins, known for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project, is the director of the National Institutes of Health, the largest and most prestigious biomedical research institution in the world. In an interview with Tom Fox, Collins discussed his approach to leadership, a potential medical breakthrough on the horizon, his love of music and his surprising means of getting to work each day.

  • Federal Coach: Leadership lessons from 40 years in the Coast Guard

    Admiral Paul Zukunft has been the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard since May 30, 2014, leading 41,700 men and women on active duty, 7,800 reserves, 8,300 civilians and 31,000 volunteer Auxiliarists. In an interview with Tom Fox, Zukunft discussed the times that have tested his leadership skills, the lessons he has learned during 40 years of service and his 4:30 a.m. exercise routine.

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