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Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is an independent agency of the United States federal government that administers Social Security, a social insurance program consisting of retirement, disability, and survivors' benefits. To qualify for these benefits, most American workers pay Social Security taxes on their earnings; future benefits are based on the employees' contributions. (Source: Wikipedia)

Perhaps you are working for the SSA or interested in working for the SSA. Here is a forum to share your experience with the SSA.

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#1 Posted : Saturday, July 25, 2020 6:30:07 PM(UTC)

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Hi all,

I was offered a job with SSA claims specialist in the East Coast. I accepted the offer and our first day of work is next week, however, I am unsure of the attire for that day. Initially, wearing a suit and tie on the first day is ideal however with the summer heat and humidity I rather not wear this if it is not required or expected.

I went to the main office in my city a couple of weeks to do fingerprints and ID and the employees there were in comfortable everyday clothing, nothing professional. Are the offices usually laid back in attire, can I wear something causal professional (button down and slacks) or is a suit a must for the first day? I will not be working in the HQ office as a CS, just one of the branch offices. Thanks
#2 Posted : Sunday, July 26, 2020 1:13:28 AM(UTC)

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As sheeps, do as sheeps, but as a leader do as you do.

Which one are you going to be, one that follow or one that leads?

You can wear a suit and tie everyday, regardless of the dress code, or you can go with the mass and dress as they dress.

For eight years, my first Federal job after the military, I was the only one in the office wearing pants, shirt, and tie.

After giving the program briefing for so long, customers thought I was the head of the organization as the rest of the office personnel wore polo shirts, and dress down everyday for eight years.

After I change job and for the next two years from day one, I added the jacket to the above, and wore a complete suit for two years, no longer giving briefing, but on dress down or casual Fridays, I still wore my complete suit. I dressed as the head of the organization dressed.

After changing my job again (promotion) and for the next four years and seven months, I again wore a complete suit even on dress down Fridays, and other occasions. When it came time for me to change job yet again, I had to out process with the Assistant Director, who was dressed in casual clothes, as it was in the mist of the pandemic 06/05/2020.

So impressed by my steady, reliable personal dress standard, she took a final photo to share with my fellow employee.

Caption read "Steady, Reliable", and some may have said predictable. What would have been predictable is to fall into what everyone else is doing. It was after all the beginning of June in DC.

As I have peek to my personal career job, yes you guessed (promotion) I'm on the fence, but I'm a creature of habit, but I might relax my standards, ha, who am I kidding, you never know another promotion might be in the future.

Ultimately it's your call, if you have reached your peek, I say blend in, if you have not, I say continue to positively stand-out.

Question to asked, what is the head of the organization wearing? What is the person two grades above your boss's wearing, that's what I'll be wearing. Look the part, feel the part, aspire for the part.

But let us know your decision.

#3 Posted : Sunday, July 26, 2020 4:55:22 AM(UTC)

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If you're in Honolulu, a nicely pressed aloha shirt is always acceptable. If you're female, wear a jacket with whatever else - skirt, dress, pants. If you're not in Honolulu, but in the southwest, khakis, ironed shirt. If you're in the northeast and male, sports jacket, tie - female, wear a jacket with formal shirt, skirt or pants.

Rule of thumb - remember to wear pants. In the Zoom era, this is something that should not be overlooked.

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#4 Posted : Sunday, July 26, 2020 10:38:52 AM(UTC)

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Based on a 36 plus year career with SSA, unless you are upper management the standard, safe, way to dress is business casual - a nice collared shirt and slacks. No need for a tie or jacket. SSA is more concerned with how well you do the job, not how fancy you dress.
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#5 Posted : Monday, July 27, 2020 8:05:04 PM(UTC)

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I would dress a notch above what's standard at that location. Wearing a suit to a sweatpants job (hello, weekend BA overtime) is more likely to convey 'I have no situational awareness' than 'I am srs about this job.'

But that's just me.

Obviously, on your first day not knowing anything, just wear something nice and work down.

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#6 Posted : Tuesday, July 28, 2020 6:19:43 AM(UTC)
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I worked in one of the processing centers, the job you accepted is front facing - you're facing customers. You've already done your ID/swearing in. Dress how your boss tells you to dress. Sounds like business casual to me.
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