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Seeking job as contract specialist

JD that has been practicing for years. Mostly PI, criminal d jayabraham02/05/18
Those are typical Fed odds, I’ve applied to about 75 and h mtbislife02/05/18
I got my job in contracting without using USAjobs. The only flyer1402/06/18
That is typical. Go on fed soup for some tips on upgrading y downwardslope02/06/18
Is there still an age cutoff for these? I turn 45 next month fettywap02/06/18
I've never heard of a 45 age cutoff. Am I missing something? wolfman02/06/18
In the old days, I was told the cutoff was 45 because of the fettywap02/06/18
That might have been the case under the csrs, but I think th downwardslope02/06/18
I have worked in that field On indeed there was typically 1 trijocker02/06/18
Not sure where your at but I need a contract analyst for a c satxrecruiter02/06/18
I'd be interested in this. I'm in Texas. [email protected] ghelm02/08/18
Not a lawyer, but I work in the contract management software holdthedoor02/09/18
jayabraham (Feb 5, 2018 - 9:59 pm)

JD that has been practicing for years. Mostly PI, criminal defense and family law. Applied to hundreds of jobs on usajobs and never able to secure an interview.

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mtbislife (Feb 5, 2018 - 11:34 pm)

Those are typical Fed odds, I’ve applied to about 75 and had only one phone interview.

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flyer14 (Feb 6, 2018 - 8:25 am)

I got my job in contracting without using USAjobs. The only thing my agency uses that website for is internal promotions and the occasional direct hire.

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downwardslope (Feb 6, 2018 - 8:37 am)

That is typical. Go on fed soup for some tips on upgrading your resume. Some people on here have gotten contract specialist jobs through usajobs so it can be done.

I applied for around 200-250 or so jobs through usajobs and got 4 interviews.

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fettywap (Feb 6, 2018 - 9:46 am)

Is there still an age cutoff for these? I turn 45 next month. Is 45 the age cutoff or do you have to be under 45? For a federal job.

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wolfman (Feb 6, 2018 - 10:38 am)

I've never heard of a 45 age cutoff. Am I missing something? There is a hard 37 cut off for federal law enforcement officer jobs (which has been raised to 40 for some few positions, but that's it) unless you're a veteran or a former federal LEO.

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fettywap (Feb 6, 2018 - 10:50 am)

In the old days, I was told the cutoff was 45 because of their retirement plan. So you could retire at 65. Maybe they stopped doing that. It was dumb.

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downwardslope (Feb 6, 2018 - 11:15 am)

That might have been the case under the csrs, but I think that ended for employees who started in be early ‘80s. It was a system where there was no contribution to social security. I think they realized people would take their csrs pension and claim spousal social security benefits...

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trijocker (Feb 6, 2018 - 10:33 am)

I have worked in that field
On indeed there was typically 100 or more applicants for a JD Contract Specialist job
I have never gotten a response using USA jobs, once went I sent in a resume to NASA Ames I eventually got an interview, but the funding was pulled for the position. Usually employers like you to have FARs or DFARS experience for government contracts, although you could pick it up on the job.
Though many outsiders may urge you to use USAjobs, I am not sure how well they work for JDS.

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satxrecruiter (Feb 6, 2018 - 1:58 pm)

Not sure where your at but I need a contract analyst for a client here in San Antonio, TX. It'd be a permanent role with a 80k salary +bonus

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ghelm (Feb 8, 2018 - 11:24 pm)

I'd be interested in this. I'm in Texas. [email protected]

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holdthedoor (Feb 9, 2018 - 7:27 pm)

Not a lawyer, but I work in the contract management software space. A lot of companies that we work with have contract specialist or administrative positions. SaaS, Pharma, Higher Ed, Healthcare, food and hospitality, construction, you name it.

Not sure how difficult it is to go in-house at companies like those, but the net may be wider than you're casting with. Good luck!

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