Tom, I can tell from your resume that you have a lot of great government experience.That being said, I think your career search would benefit from a paring down of your resume. This may seem like a difficult and daunting task, but there is a useful method you can employ to do so. I know this may seem like very obvious advice, but it has been one of the most important career search suggestions I've ever received, and I'll pass it on: Tailor your resume for the specific position you are applying for. This means that you'll have to revise your resume for each job you apply to, but it will really help you present yourself the way your potential employer will like to see you. This will also help you eliminate details from your resume that are most likely impressive though extraneous to the main goal of any resume review: to get an interview.Such a process will inevitably result in a “theme” for your resume. You can find such a theme by taking key words (especially verbs) from the job descriptions you’re applying for. Make it easy for an employer to make the decision to interview you. If the employer is seeking an analyst to “develop and monitor performance of department budgets,” your resume should mention job details where you “developed” and “monitored.” Again, make it easy for the employer to schedule that interview; don’t make him hunt around your resume for signs you’re qualified.Jessica’s advice about searching out quality organizations is excellent. Even if you can’t snag a job in the manager’s office, you’ll be exposed to a high-functioning organization that values talent and passion for local government. Choose to apply for positions that include an analytical, organization-wide focus rather than those that are purely operationally-focused. For example, a management analyst position within a police department could expose you to more organization-wide objectives and goals than a budget technician position in a budget office; though the budget office may have more direct links to the manager’s office, it may not offer you the right kind of exposure you’ll need. If you’re looking for a future in local government management, it’s important to see how local government works at both the small- and large-scale levels.Best of luck!