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Connemara

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Some of the jobs I'm looking at (GS-7) require that the applicant have "1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level." Now, I've had experience in almost everything they list...but not for a consecutive year in a full-time job. Between the part-time jobs/internships in college and my most recent gig, it's certainly been over a year...but is it a lie to say yes, I have 1 year of that experience?

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Want me to ask our HR guy? I don't think it has to be consecutive, cumulative is probably fine, GS-7 for college grads is pretty standard, no one expects you to have some kind of crazy experience.
 

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Actually yes, I would greatly appreciate that! Thanks.
 

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Most federal job applications for entry level jobs also have a disclaimer that education can be substituted for work experience.
 

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I'm pretty sure a college degree is sufficient to qualify for gs-7.
 

Connemara

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^That's what everyone tells me, but a lot of these jobs have that 1-year-experience clause.
 

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Federal Govt job applications are a massive pain in the ass to complete. There should be conflicting clauses one saying 1year exp and another giving the educational level equivalent. In that case you will be substituting education experience for work experience and they will require a copy of your transcripts with your application packet.

PS - When in doubt call the HR contact on the job announcement. They may be rude so be prepared with your list of questions.
 

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Originally Posted by Connemara
Some of the jobs I'm looking at (GS-7) require that the applicant have "1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level." Now, I've had experience in almost everything they list...but not for a consecutive year in a full-time job. Between the part-time jobs/internships in college and my most recent gig, it's certainly been over a year...but is it a lie to say yes, I have 1 year of that experience?

Thanks.


GS-7.
n00b.
 

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Originally Posted by Connemara
Some of the jobs I'm looking at (GS-7) require that the applicant have "1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level." Now, I've had experience in almost everything they list...but not for a consecutive year in a full-time job. Between the part-time jobs/internships in college and my most recent gig, it's certainly been over a year...but is it a lie to say yes, I have 1 year of that experience?

Thanks.


My anecdotal experience as a supervisor in one federal agency is that answering "yes" would be consistent with how that provision is usually interpreted. In other words, it's probably fair to aggregate from disparate job/internship experiences. That question is just there so that a low-level clerical person or contractor can weed out the obviously unqualified candidates before passing on the list of qualified candidates to someone who can make more qualitative, judgment-driven decisions.
 

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Like everyone else I think as long as the total time is over 1 year you're OK. Plus the education helps. When all else fails I know there is a phone number you can call to ask questions.

Are you using usajobs?
 

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