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506PM  
#1 Posted : Sunday, August 12, 2018 8:20:26 PM(UTC)
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I have 10 1/2 years in the Federal government, with almost two and a half being at DLA as an 1102 in Troop support. I was recently promoted to an 11/12 position and received an appointment as a KO.

I received a call this weekend from a job for which I previously applied as an Internal Review Evaluator (0301 Series). They had previously not hired me due to another applicant having more experience - not surprising since I'm from contracting - but they said they still really liked me during the interview and found a way to get me another spot.

I'm DAWIA 2 in contracting and will be promoted to gs-12 in March. If I take this other position, I'll become a 12 immediately.

My question is whether this is a good move. Instant pay increase aside, is 0301 internal review as desirable a job as 1102 Contracting?

I was excited to get the job in Contracting, but it's not a life dream. I want to learn and become a more robust employee.
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#2 Posted : Monday, August 13, 2018 1:40:17 AM(UTC)
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0301 is kind of an umbrella field, lots of different positions and grades available. A quick search on USAJobs shows about 250 postings for 1102's and three times that for 0301's, so the 0301 gets a slight advantage there.

You didn't say, but are both positions in the same location?

Taking the 0301 would give you 10 months extra pay as a 12, only you can decide how important that is to you.

The biggest issue would be the job itself and the people you'd be working with. How does the 0301 job sound as far as work and environment?

good luck
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#3 Posted : Monday, August 13, 2018 2:51:40 AM(UTC)
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Thank you for the reply.

0301 does seem like an umbrella series. I found little information when researching internal review jobs.

The location is the same (different building on same compound). The people seemed nice, but it's a much smaller department.
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, August 14, 2018 8:47:18 AM(UTC)

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IMHO, it may better serve employees to expand their work experiences, learn new skills and broaden their knowledge base by developing work experiences in fields that may be similar/related or even vastly different to their current field --- and hopefully avoid the dreaded tendency to find themselves in a potentially 'pigeon-holed' career. Their resume may reflect a wealth of specialized training and experience at a particular level, or a certain area, and/or a broad depth and range of knowledge, skills and abilities --- BUT, in just one series... and little/no experience or training outside that particular series. In my personal experience, it seems that once your career is characterized by only one GS series (even as a GS-14), you may find opportunities to move into other series may become substantially fewer; maybe because of short-sighted resume reviewers, or possibly the lack of experienced personnel in your field; however, you may want to keep your options open and consider the future... and other opportunities.

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