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Gal Friday  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, November 24, 2021 10:02:03 PM(UTC)
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If you have the qualifications, does anyone ever get in at 13/14 level ... or is 11 more realistic?

Thank you kindly for your help!

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#2 Posted : Thursday, November 25, 2021 2:11:17 PM(UTC)
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I've known two people who came in at a 14 but they had Lean Six Sigma qualifications. Also, if you have a law degree you can come in at an 11/12/13. So the short answer is yes, but it will require very specialized experience.
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#3 Posted : Friday, November 26, 2021 4:28:11 AM(UTC)
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Most grade 13/14 revenue agent or analyst positions are not open to the general public.
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Gal Friday on 11/26/2021(UTC)
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Steps make it confusing ... it looks like a high Step in Grade 11 pays more than starting at a Grade 12, Step 1 ... doesn't make a lot of sense. So when they ask what's the lowest Grade you will accept, if I want a 12, I might just as well put Grade 11 and ask for a high Step, right?

Or do you think if you check 11 as your lowest acceptable Grade, you lose your chance to be offered 12? I don't want to start too low, because unless you get one of those jobs on a track, it looks like it's hard to move up!

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#5 Posted : Saturday, November 27, 2021 9:05:18 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gal Friday Go to Quoted Post
Steps make it confusing ... it looks like a high Step in Grade 11 pays more than starting at a Grade 12, Step 1 ... doesn't make a lot of sense. So when they ask what's the lowest Grade you will accept, if I want a 12, I might just as well put Grade 11 and ask for a high Step, right?

Or do you think if you check 11 as your lowest acceptable Grade, you lose your chance to be offered 12? I don't want to start too low, because unless you get one of those jobs on a track, it looks like it's hard to move up!


If you are an external hire with no previous experience in federal government, you will almost certainly be hired at step 1 of whatever GS grade you are hired at.

You can ask, sure, but unless you have some specialized skill set, you most likely won't get a higher step.

If the job you are applying for is open for GS 11/12, put in for both.

If you get offered 11, you'll be 12 after a year in most cases.
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Gal Friday on 11/27/2021(UTC)
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