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Old 07-01-2016, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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Thanks for the reply, do you have any opinions from your experiences on which agencies or groups of agencies (such as health related agencies or defense related agencies) are more likely to entertain salary negotiation? Also is the likelihood of negotiation more likely in certain fields (for example IT vs. financial analyst)?
You didn't digest much of my post. Hard to fill positions in general are the kind managers (and HR) will try to provide higher salaries for. If you are qualifying on education alone, you are not likely to be able to fill a hard to fill position.
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Old 07-01-2016, 04:12 PM
 
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It sounds like you are applying in the JD-preferred territory. I've known people who have done a variety of jobs from cost analyst to policy analyst to management analyst (starting at GS-9) with the JD. GS-7 is probably a better grade for you to start at because the JDs don't typically apply that low. If you are in a highly competitive job with 300 applicants for a slot, even if you are going to be taking a 50% pay cut for a job, they're not going to give you a step increase because of those 299 other applicants, probably at least 20 others are excellent candidates eager and willing to take that slot at GS-7 step 1. You're pretty unlikely to find those positions in DMV. The positions more likely to negotiate are in less desirable locations and/or have skills that are harder to find.
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Old 07-04-2016, 02:49 PM
 
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It sounds like you are applying in the JD-preferred territory. I've known people who have done a variety of jobs from cost analyst to policy analyst to management analyst (starting at GS-9) with the JD. GS-7 is probably a better grade for you to start at because the JDs don't typically apply that low. If you are in a highly competitive job with 300 applicants for a slot, even if you are going to be taking a 50% pay cut for a job, they're not going to give you a step increase because of those 299 other applicants, probably at least 20 others are excellent candidates eager and willing to take that slot at GS-7 step 1. You're pretty unlikely to find those positions in DMV. The positions more likely to negotiate are in less desirable locations and/or have skills that are harder to find.
good point.
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Old 07-04-2016, 02:58 PM
 
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Hello, I recently finished a masters degree, which qualifies me for a start at a GS-9 pay grade, however I still apply to GS-7 jobs, if I were to receive a GS-7 job offer what is the likelihood that I would be able to negotiate for a higher step, such as step 5 or 6 in pay grade 7? Especially since according to pay grade standards I would be over qualified. I do also have a 2-3 months of GS-7 experience through an internship. Also would the best course of action be to just take a GS-7 job to put my foot into the workforce, try to negotiate a higher step in GS-7, or just quit applying to GS-7 jobs altogether and only focus on GS-9 (though I want to start working asap I am not in any dire financial situation currently)?


I am searching for jobs in the dc metropolitan area.

If it's not too nosy, who told you to only apply for grade 9? If you have at least a year or two of professional work experience, you can apply for higher grades.
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:11 AM
 
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If it's not too nosy, who told you to only apply for grade 9? If you have at least a year or two of professional work experience, you can apply for higher grades.
I don't only apply to GS-9 (as mentioned I still do apply to GS-7), however according to OPM qualifications I qualify for GS-9 position as I have two years of post-bachelors education leading to a masters degree, I also have a few months of work experience at grade 7, this is why I am primarily focusing on grade 9. In terms of who told me to apply to grade 9, it came from multiple sources including federal HR personnel and classmates (with federal jobs or internships) from my masters program.
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