Project Management

Can You Handle Government Bureaucracy?

Bob Weinstein is a journalist who covers technology, project management, the workplace and career development.

Government bureaucracy is defined as carrying out the business of government by means of bureaus or departments. Simple? No way. There is nothing about the government that is simple, especially when applying for a job. In the past, job candidates had to practically stand on their heads to find out what jobs were open before they took a deep breath and tackled the bureaucracy. Today, thankfully, it's a different picture. There are jobs--plenty of them--and they're easy to find. This article tells you where to look.


Billions of words have been expended describing government bureaucracies. Famous authors such as Nikolai Gogol and George Orwell wrote books and essays describing the frustration of navigating them to get information, comply with the law and find jobs. There are descriptions of government bureaucracies dating back hundreds of years. Job candidates negotiated convoluted labyrinths to get to the right person or department to file job applications. It was a frustrating and seemingly endless process.


The word "bureaucracy" was a dirty word, which often triggered a cold sweat if you didn't understand how it worked. A bureaucracy is "A system of carrying on the business of government by means of departments or bureaus, each under the control of a chief."


Jump to the 21st century. Does applying for a government job still mean contending…

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