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This topic contains 9 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  Sterling Whitehead 8 years, 2 months ago.

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  • #104813

    Kyle David Jones
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    Hey everyone,

    I am a recent graduate and have a degree in Biomedical Engineering. I am going to be in the DC area from Friday (July 9th) through Wednesday (July 14th). I was wondering if anyone had some good advice or even possibly someone to contact about an engineering position.
    I’ve been on usajobs.gov and monster.com and careerbuilder.com along with a few other sites but I was wondering if any of you know of a way that could also help me in my search for employment. Any advice would be great.
    I’m interested in research and development, device design, analysis, quality assurance, and various biomedical applications.
    Once again, any information that could assist me would be much appreciated!
    Thanks!!!
  • #104831

    Sterling Whitehead
    Participant

    Kyle,

    We hire lots of engineers in the DC area. We’ve hiring something like 10 people per month for the next 36 months. Needless to say, that’s a lot of people.

    Position opening: https://chart.donhr.navy.mil/JobSearch/jobdetailE.asp?strView=0&vid=89300
    Posting on SSP’s site: http://www.ssp.navy.mil/careers/opportunities.shtml
    How to Apply: http://www.ssp.navy.mil/careers/howtoapply.shtml

  • #104829

    Kyle David Jones
    Participant

    Thanks Sterling!

    I have another question however. I’ve ran into this issue before. When I click on the “Apply Now” button, it comes up with a bunch of boxes to select for pay grades, etc. In the past, after clicking on some, it still says to select a pay grade and I can’t ever get passed that point.

    I also don’t fully understand what all of the acronyms stand for. (DP0801, GS0801, ND0801, NH0801, YD0801, YF0801) If you could shed some light as to what these exactly mean and stand for, I would greatly appreciate that! Even a brief overview would help.

    Thanks again!

  • #104827

    Sterling Whitehead
    Participant

    I don’t know what to tell you about getting past the pay grade boxes.

    On the other hand, I can somewhat help on the acronyms. 0801 refers to Series 0801. Series refers to a specific career positions established by the Office of Budget and Management. Series 0801 refers to the General Engineering Series. GS means General Schedule. For example, I’m a GS-07, Pay Band 1. As for the other acronyms, I bet they’re similar to GS.

    The chart (the 2010 Pay Schedule) below explains it better.
    http://www.fedjobs.com/pay/pay.html

  • #104825

    Tricia
    Participant

    Kyle,

    Don’t forget city, state, and county government as well! I’m sure there’s lots of opportunity there. Also, don’t forget professional organizations which may apply to you – there’s bound to be something posted on their websites. Also, some other websites you might consider:
    http://aaas.sciencecareers.org/JobSeekerx/SearchJobsForm.asp
    – indeed
    -simply hired
    -local unemployment office (many employers post their jobs here, especially those who have gov’t contracts)

    Just a few ideas…..

  • #104823

    Kyle David Jones
    Participant

    Thanks!

  • #104821

    Kyle David Jones
    Participant

    Thanks for your reply!

  • #104819

    Kyle David Jones
    Participant

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention! I will still be around so thank you!

  • #104817

    Kyle David Jones
    Participant

    Nice! Have any advice for the job fair?

  • #104815

    Teri Centner
    Participant

    This may sound strange, but I’ve actually met quite a few people who took a class (or two) in how to apply for a federal job. I’m not sure how much they cost, but they can help you with all those acronyms and pay grades. Here’s one place to look for information on workshops and classes: http://graduateschool.edu/jobs

    Both my parents were government employees and I spent 20 years in the USAF working with GS/NSPS, so I was able to gain an understanding of the system even when I wasn’t a part of it. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to start learning the system from scratch.

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