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#1 Posted : Saturday, April 17, 2021 1:19:05 PM(UTC)

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I am supposed to start a permanent federal job in a week.

However, I’m now offered a term Human Resources assistant job.

I am checking if I was previously a GS-12, would the HR assistant role eventually lead to higher grade jobs again, or is it like a dead end job?

The mail/admin support role clearly seems to be a dead end job.

I didn’t have the option of the HR position when I accepted the mail person job.

If I just have myself to support, is it wiser to get into the HR field, even as a term?

I would then have to tell the first job that I wouldn’t be coming to work there.

Is that done?

If so, what would one say??

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#2 Posted : Sunday, April 18, 2021 4:09:21 AM(UTC)

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If you were formerly a GS-12, you clearly have the experience and qualifications for a higher-graded job, so I think either job you take now should be fine. I don't think you can go wrong with the decision, as long as you're sure the term job is firm offer and you will have an EOD for it. The term job is also less stable since it's time-limited (and I'm assuming no option for conversion to perm in the announcement -- or is there?), but if you're interested in HR, then take it.

As for what to say, I think just being apologetic explaining you got another job offer in a field you're more interested in should be fine. As long as you communicate.

I honestly would take the mail/admin job though unless my goal was to get into HR. Both jobs are "dead end" in their own way and could lead to opportunities in their own way. The mail/admin job could also expose you to a variety of people at the agency and their work. Support staff can be important and the secret backbone. You can judge that better than me based on whatever interview you might have had. But my sense is pluses and minuses to both jobs. I have no knowledge of how many HR Assistants go on to be HR Specialists, so can't comment specifically on HR. Hopefully others will see your post and chime in.

If you're going to a specific agency you want to stay at that doesn't really hire off general status announcements (I'm assuming you have reinstatement eligibility as a status applicant) and has announcements mainly for internal employee applicants, then that's a reason not go with the term HR job since you wouldn't count as a career/career-conditional agency employee.

But again, I don't really think you can go wrong and neither choice should stop you from applying successfully to higher-graded positions given your history.

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#3 Posted : Sunday, April 18, 2021 5:30:31 PM(UTC)

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Clarify...were you a prior fed?
#4 Posted : Monday, April 19, 2021 2:08:39 AM(UTC)

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Thank you very much for the insights. Yes, I am a former federal employee.
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#5 Posted : Sunday, April 25, 2021 10:14:34 AM(UTC)
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Without more context I’d say the HR field for sure. Head of HR for agencies are SES positions, regional HR are GS13-15. Definitely more room for advancement in HR.
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