My experience and observations strongly support Steven Kelman’s stance. In my business unit, there are people who have run significant profit centers and large organizations whose talents are not only barely used, but actually suppressed in favor of more pliable and less experienced staffers.
In general, I strongly believe USG hires overqualified people and underutilizes them. For example: USAJOBs has a posting closing 11 Mar 2010 for a YB-02 (equivalent to GS-7 – GS-10 per NSPS documentation) Administrative Assistant, requiring “One year of experience directly related to the occupation equivalent to at least the next lower grade; or Master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related; or equivalent combinations of experience and education” for $37,981.00 – $59,505.00 USD /year. see http://jobview.usajobs.gov/GetJob.aspx?JobID=86073240
A Master’s degree for a STAFF ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT! Contrast that to OPM’s general qualifications for the 0303 job classification at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-cler.asp
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