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armyj1986  
#1 Posted : Thursday, March 14, 2019 3:20:54 PM(UTC)
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Good evening everyone,

I started working in the VA last October (which is not long at all) and basically took any GS grade just to get into the door. One of my coworkers moved to a new position and is encouraging me to apply for her old position because I have some experience, but have a bachelor's degree in the vacancy position and just got accepted into the Masters program, which will be starting in August. The person that is the supervisor of the new position is also telling me to apply and wants to look at my resume to make sure everything is outlined of what I do. Part of the position is working with human resources and she told me basically that I can apply for the position and potentially make the jump in GS grades because I have a schedule A as well, along with my degree, and experience she said that I shouldn't have an issue and a few veterans have done it in the past. My question is would I be wasting my time applying for it?
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#2 Posted : Thursday, March 14, 2019 3:38:54 PM(UTC)
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Well, you have zero chance with not applying.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:19:27 PM(UTC)
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Definitely apply, you have nothing to lose. Is Schedule A listed in the announcement?
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#4 Posted : Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:56:42 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: armyj1986 Go to Quoted Post
Good evening everyone,

...My question is would I be wasting my time applying for it?


Another way to phrase the question... Would the enormous increase in pay be worth the small amount of time it would take you to apply?
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#5 Posted : Friday, March 15, 2019 3:19:14 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: JDSIII Go to Quoted Post
Definitely apply, you have nothing to lose. Is Schedule A listed in the announcement?


It's listed as current in-house VA employees only.
armyj1986  
#6 Posted : Friday, March 15, 2019 3:23:40 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: armyj1986 Go to Quoted Post
Good evening everyone,

...My question is would I be wasting my time applying for it?


Another way to phrase the question... Would the enormous increase in pay be worth the small amount of time it would take you to apply?


Right, but just like the military you can't skip ranks like that hence the reason why I am asking you guys because this is my first VA federal job and just wanted to make sure that I wasn't out of league that's all.
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#7 Posted : Friday, March 15, 2019 4:52:09 AM(UTC)
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Apply.

"Schedule A eligible employees may utilize this authority to apply for a higher grade positions. Additionally, at most agencies, time-in grade restrictions do not apply to promotions in the excepted service and there is no limit on the number of times an eligible applicant may be appointed under this authority. For further information, please visit the OPM website."


https://www.opm.gov/poli...edule-A-Hiring-Authority

on that site there's a link to "Guides to Schedule A hiring" https://www.eeoc.gov/eeo...d/abcs_of_schedule_a.cfm

Look in the HR guide for the above quote.

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#8 Posted : Friday, March 15, 2019 4:56:33 AM(UTC)
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Like river said, that hiring authority is an exception to TiG. Didn't realize that was one of your questions, I assumed you knew.

One of the draw backs is that it is an excepted authority of that matters to you.
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armyj1986 on 3/15/2019(UTC)
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#9 Posted : Friday, March 15, 2019 6:41:52 AM(UTC)
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Never take job rejections personally, just keep applying. Only apply if you know you can do the job. Some people apply for jobs that they are not ready for and that can get you in trouble, especially at the VA where they can fire you in 30 days now.
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