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What is a Federal “Career Ladder” Position?

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Upward Career Mobility

A “Career Ladder” position is a federal job that allows you to MOVE UP THE LADDER. For example, you may be hired as a GS-5, but if the position has promotion potential to GS-11, then you could move up from GS-5 to GS-11 in as little as THREE YEARS!

We found one interesting job opening with this kind of promotion potential: Quality Assurance Specialist, Defense Contract Management Agency, Central Regional HC Center, Rockford, IL. This fabulous Career Ladder job starts as a GS-5 or 7, at $31 to $50K per year. You are eligible to receive your grade level promotions after you have been at a GS level for one year, so you could potentially work a year as a GS-5, then a year as a GS-7, and a year as a GS-9 to reach GS-11 after working for three years (or two years if hired as a GS-7).

Announcement Details

This position is an Internship in the DCMA Keystone Program. DCMA uses the Expedited Hiring Authority to recruit and attract exceptional individuals into the Federal Workforce. During the Keystone Program, participants will receive specialized formal classroom training, computer-based training, and on-the-job (OJT) training. If you have the qualifications needed to apply for this position, get your federal resume ready, because this great job closes on Nov. 24th, 2014. In order to get Best Qualified, make sure you have the QUALIFICATIONS clearly identified in and the KEYWORDS added to your federal resume.

Keywords:

Here are the top 10 keywords and phrases for your federal resume:

  • Surveillance of contractors manufacturing
  • Quality management
  • Quality control, quality inspection
  • Contracting and purchasing
  • Supply and storage
  • Test and evaluation
  • Research and engineering; maintenance
  • Validate manufacturing processes
  • Technical surveillance of contractor facilities
  • Conduct the performance of pre-award and post-award contract review
  • Ability to communicate orally

Qualifications Required:

You can qualify for this position with a four year degree or 3 years of general experience and one year experience equality to the GS 4 level (which would be approximately $25K. The General Experience is as follows:

“Experience in quality control; quality inspection; contracting and purchasing; supply and storage; industrial or production planning; research and engineering; maintenance; or test and evaluation that provided (1) experience with quality assurance or related work, (2) experience with product or process , (3) experience interpreting and applying contract requirements and engineering specifications, or (4) experience with others in person-to-person work relationships.”

Benefits (AMAZING!):

The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job

Read the full USAJOBS announcement here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/386475000

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Screen Shot 2014-08-05 at 7.30.54 AMKathryn Troutman is known as the Federal Resume Guru and is the developer of the Ten Steps to a Federal Job®. She teaches hundreds of career counselors each year about her highly acclaimed methods of federal job search and has published dozens of titles, including the recent award-winning Student’s Federal Career Guide 3rd Edition.

Post 9/11 VETS – 68% Hired or Interviewed for a Federal Job with Professional Writing and Coaching – Part I

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The odds are good that you will get an interview or get hired for a federal job, if you invest in a professional federal resume writer and coach to begin your search.

A quote from Sportsgambling.about.com shows that a 68% chance of success is a good bet. The site notes that “The best professional bettors would be delighted with a winning percentage between 56 and 58 percent. Yes, really. They’re wise enough to know that will produce a healthy profit over the long run.”

The Resume Place, Inc. experts in writing federal resumes for military produced a study of successes among 45 federal resume service clients. All were Post 9/11 veterans who worked with us in 2014.

We asked what their results were. Thirty-one clients replied. Fifteen had been hired into a federal position within six months, and 6 others had federal interviews. This is a 68 percent success rate for getting hired or interviewed.

Our success rate beats the top gamblers’ risk rate of 57 to 58 percent. Each of the veterans spent an average of $700 on the coaching and federal resume writing. Twenty-one of them attained a position or got into the interview room for a job that ranged from $35K to $90K. These positions with the government are long-term and it’s really hard to get fired. The government has a 95% retention rate for most permanent Civil Service Employees.

The average age of this group of Post 9/11 Vet clients was 25. Therefore, if they have a work expectancy to age 60, that mean 35 years on the job. The average yearly earnings in the government is $65,000. Therefore, the $700 initial federal resume investment resulted in a net of $2.1 million, plus excellent benefits.

Additionally, if you were hired as a GS 11, Step 1, you would increase your step every two years – then every three years. The Cost of Living Allowances go up on average 1 percent each year. So, even if you NEVER applied for a new position, your salary would go up each year slightly with the increased steps within a certain grade and the cost of living adjustments.

So the $700 initial investment will pay off substantially over your 35-year federal career.

Why not invest in a professional writer and coach if you would like to obtain a federal job? Just look at the numbers, the odds and make a decision about the investment. Go with the odds, invest and land a federal job.

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Note: Part II will present the 5 reasons your federal resume and federal job search will be much more powerful with professional help from The Resume Place, In

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Screen Shot 2014-08-05 at 7.30.54 AMKathryn Troutman is known as the Federal Resume Guru and is the developer of the Ten Steps to a Federal Job®. She teaches hundreds of career counselors each year about her highly acclaimed methods of federal job search and has published dozens of titles, including the recent award-winning Student’s Federal Career Guide 3rd Edition.