Here's the new government document that might help you land a job in the Biden administration

  • The federal government has issued a new document that anyone hoping to work for Joe Biden will want to see. 
  • The Plum Book — issued every four years after a presidential election — is the most comprehensive glimpse the public gets into which government jobs are available. 
  • Federal hiring experts say job seekers should pore over the document so they can be as specific as possible when they apply for jobs in the White House or at agencies like the Justice Department or the Environmental Protection Agency.  
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The bible for federal job seekers has finally arrived. 

The US government published a 232-page document in late December known as the Plum Book. It's little known outside of the nation's capital but a sacred possession for Washington insiders and anyone who wants to get a job in the highest levels of the federal government. 

"It's become the equivalent of the bible for understanding what the landscape is for political jobs in government," said Max Stier, president and CEO of the good government organization Partnership for Public Service. 

The Plum Book contains details about the roughly 9,000 coveted leadership jobs in the federal government, including specifics about job titles and locations, the names of Trump officials who held the jobs in June 2020 when the data was collected, and the pay scale for each position. 

President-elect Joe Biden's team will soon be filling about 4,000 of those jobs as it replaces the Trump administration's political appointees in the White House and in executive agencies like the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

The lengthy manual is the most comprehensive glimpse the public gets into the staffing of the federal government. It only comes out once every four years after each presidential election.

Read more: Introducing the obscure 232-page federal document that will help Biden find and replace any lingering Trump appointees.

Federal hiring experts say the Plum Book is the first place job applicants should look if they want to work for Biden's team. 

Katherine Archuleta, who led the Obama administration's Office of Personnel Management, told Insider that candidates for political jobs should pore over the Plum Book before they submit anything and identify the top three jobs they're interested in. 

From there, Biden's transition team has a job portal on its website where applicants can apply for jobs in the White House, federal agencies, and even obscure government commissions. 

Read more: Joe Biden is hiring about 4,000 political staffers to work in his administration. Here's how 3 experts say you can boost your chances of getting one of those jobs.

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