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Old 10-31-2016, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by austindoxie1972 View Post
OPM's own statistics indicate that 71% of federal jobs go to current federal employees. Witty is correct.

My warning is this -- once you enter the federal workforce, you've created your floor. So be careful how low you go. It's nice to think, "I'll get in and start moving around quickly." But I've found that mobility can sometimes be stagnant or downright non-existent in some agencies. When you take a federal job, make sure you're happy with that pay for at least 2 to 3 years.

I think there is a "perfect storm" brewing -- though maybe it's always been this way. With pay raises almost non-existent (some years 0% and other years a paltry 1%), the ONLY way to get ahead is with a new job. At my agency, pretty much all openings are for current feds, who have patiently waited for advancement opportunities -- and their managers don't want to lose them. So the opening "looks" nice, but it's not real. We recently had a 14 position open, and it was filled with FOUR current 13s. All inside the agency. Nobody from outside. And each of those 13s had been there for 4 to 5 years.

Don't know if this makes sense....but I just wanted to mention that mobility might not be a yearly opportunity. It could be slow going......
Agree on the mobility. There are some "ladder" positions out there that start as a 9 and annually, if you perform, go up to the GS-12. After that, promotions are not automatic.

I was a GS-13 for 6 years before I got a promotion (or felt ready to handle that responsibility). I then got that promotion and another the next year.

I see a LOT of people sit at GS-13 for a LONG time (and it's not a bad place to sit). Making it to the next level usually requires you to really master your position and be a subject matter expert.

At the lower grades, movement does seem more frequent.
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