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Employee Benefits Specialist Critical Developmental Activities -
Entry-Level, GS-5/7/9

To Strengthen General Competencies
  • Actively participate on a team.
  • Volunteer to participate in a high-visibility project.
  • Learn about the agency where you work.
  • Learn new technologies (e.g., through self-study, seminars).
  • Study technical writing as it applies to your work role.
  • Attend technical conferences, meetings, or seminars.
  • Read technical publications to keep up-to-date on new development in your field (e.g., books, professional newsletters, trade journals).
  • Conduct briefings and seminars.
  • Build a network of peers through which you can exchange ideas and discuss issues relevant to technical advances in your field.
  • Learn from others on the job (e.g., obtain on-the-job training, ask others for guidance).
  • Find a mentor for technical and/or career guidance.
  • Study lessons learned from reviews of failed and successful projects.
  • Gain an understanding of basic position management and classification.
  • Gain an understanding of job analysis.
  • Gain a basic understanding of the agency budgeting process.
To Strengthen Technical Competencies
  • Learn about federal benefits (e.g., health, life, and retirement) and the eligibility requirements for each.
  • Contribute to the process of contracting work-life balance programs.
  • Familiarize yourself with the resources for answering employee benefits questions (e.g., FEHB and FEGLI handbooks, Benefits Administration Letters, CSRS and FERS Handbook, FSAFEDS and FLTCIP websites).
  • Counsel employees who have basic insurance and retirement questions.
  • Assist other specialists in planning and conducting the Open Season.
  • Assist employees with benefits enrollment and applications.
  • Assist other specialists with reviewing and submitting retirement applications.