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What kind of experience qualifies for gs13 equivalent experience?

Wondering if I should apply for a gs-14 position but don’t underemployedlawyer04/02/19
There’s no harm in applying but realistically you’re aim booyeah04/04/19
I’ve had zero luck applying to those either . I can’t ev underemployedlawyer04/04/19
You’re overqualified for a 7 and I don’t think they can booyeah04/04/19
Not for a contract specialist position . For gs9 you need Ph underemployedlawyer04/04/19
Just to say I don’t think I’ll even get referred for thi underemployedlawyer04/02/19
It depends on the job description. And don't be too quick t catwoman33304/02/19
Give it a whirl, unemployed. I have only applied for a hand dupednontraditional04/03/19
I figure the actual application will disqualify me by asking underemployedlawyer04/03/19
underemployedlawyer (Apr 2, 2019 - 8:59 pm)

Wondering if I should apply for a gs-14 position but don’t think my decade plus of “experience” counts for anything . It’s basically ediscovery mostly Qc work and depo prep. Had very brief position doing legal research, and a little arbitration opinion writing experience .

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booyeah (Apr 4, 2019 - 4:53 pm)

There’s no harm in applying but realistically you’re aiming way above your experience level as described. You’d likely be better off applying for 9/11/12 ladder positions and working your way up. Federal employment is typically a long term experience and you occasionally have to go backwards to end up ahead. Source: experience.

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underemployedlawyer (Apr 4, 2019 - 5:12 pm)

I’ve had zero luck applying to those either . I can’t even get referred for GS7 contract specialist positions

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booyeah (Apr 4, 2019 - 5:56 pm)

You’re overqualified for a 7 and I don’t think they can hire you at that level because of your education (could be wrong though.) Just keep blasting away, especially if you see a mass hire.

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underemployedlawyer (Apr 4, 2019 - 7:19 pm)

Not for a contract specialist position . For gs9 you need PhD equivalent based on education alone

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underemployedlawyer (Apr 2, 2019 - 9:03 pm)

Just to say I don’t think I’ll even get referred for this job but just wondering because you technically can get in trouble for applying for jobs you aren’t qualified for.

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catwoman333 (Apr 2, 2019 - 11:40 pm)

It depends on the job description. And don't be too quick to minimize your experience. Perhaps the hiring agency would consider it a big asset to their team. You never know until you try.

I don't work in gov., but I've never heard of anyone "getting in trouble" simply for applying for a job, even one they are under/unqualified for. The "worst" that could happen in this case is that you aren't referred to hiring authorities. But that usually happens because applicants lack required experience or have required experience but, for some other reason, just didn't make the final cut. I doubt anyone has "technical" grounds for "punishing" you simply for applying for a job....:).

On the other hand, if you currently work for the gov. and your boss discovers (via gossip or hiring agency contacts) that you applied for this position, she/he didn't know you were looking elsewhere, and is "vindictive" about it....then I guess that could pose a risk of "trouble"--esp. if you aren't hired. If that's your worry, I would simply either be honest with the boss up front about your application or so discreet that boss won't find out before the hiring agency makes selects a finalist and extends an offer. At that point, if you've decided to accept the offer, just give the current employer decent notice to avoid any bad feelings about your leaving. (As I said, I don't work in gov., so I'm not versed in the nuances of hiring etc., but it's my understanding from speaking with others who do that gov. employees openly and routinely seek career promotions by applying for higher GS-rated positions all the time, often in the same agency. So it shouldn't be a big surprise to an employer that you want to advance.)

BTW, you don't sound terribly confident in yourself or your vast experience, so perhaps you should first focus on building up your confidence a bit more before applying for any positions...:). The last thing you want is to sabotage your chances by (inadvertently) sending out negative vibes to a prospective employer. Good luck!

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dupednontraditional (Apr 3, 2019 - 6:42 am)

Give it a whirl, unemployed. I have only applied for a handful of USAjobs where I ostensibly met the requirements - but the pre-screening questions were so narrow (e.g. how many years of experience do you have handling 42-B petitions in section 1331A(2)(b)(iv) subsection 3.g.7 actions, in a job that required 0 years experience on its face) that the game was given away right there. Let them decide, as they are the ones who have the authority to make decisions.

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underemployedlawyer (Apr 3, 2019 - 7:56 am)

I figure the actual application will disqualify me by asking about years of experience doing things I haven’t done . I literally have been ruled out in the past during the application and it wouldn’t even let me submit so I’ll find out of this one does the same.

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