I think you’re right. I’m looking at a few DHS/Coast Guard GS positions. GS-12 starts at the lower end of what I’m looking for. And it look like I have the experience and degrees required. Thanks for the input!
Fresh out of the academy implies no experience. I am competing with guys with experience, who went back to school to work on grad and post grad degrees. I just went to the wrong school. I didn’t think it would matter so much.[/QUOTE]
Don’t get bummed, get even. The modern world of HR departments and our shitty ass on-going recession have made jobs shit for 90% of Americans (but of course, “jobs numbers” don’t reflect this). You are just experiencing this.
This is just input from a stranger on the internet, but if I were you, I wouldn’t fight the system. Well first, I wouldn’t leave anywhere near San Fran, but that’s different discussion lol.
You are trying to get into cliques that fill from a fraternity. In the good times, you may get in because they need more bodies than the frat can provide…it’s not the good times.
Instead, you should try to join the group that sucks from your Frat…US .gov jobs as GS or law enforcement. To be the corollary to your story, I have a friend that for years tried to get on as a federal agent (FBI, DEA, Customs, ETC) and he has degree and good work experience. He kept getting passed over for people with military service and “points”.
I know others that were white collar engineers and the like, with amazing valid experience and work ethic, and they could never get GS jobs because (often incompetent) candidates would beat them with points, etc. The .gov is a tight night union racket…unless one joins right out of college (less pay to start, but I assure you they promote fast with automatic pay increases!) or did some time in the .mil, the outsider with 5-10 years experience is a nothing–I’ve literally been told my experience completing the .gov project (which .gov can’t do for themselves because they are too stupid) was not valid because I don’t know the .gov “system”.
Anyway, my point is don’t fight the system. Play on a team that makes it easier. Just start doing mass applications to ALL .gov jobs, even if you don’t like it. Because the other thing people don’t know is this: once you get in the system, you have access to do lateral transfers to jobs only open to .gov workers. You join the secret club!
PS: even if you go .gov and take lower pay, I assure you the opportunity for moving up will come much faster than if you are private sector. PLUS, you get automatic yearly pay increases, just like the .mil, even if you don’t promote. Yearly “steps” do not happen in the real world.