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Classification 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.
  • Join an industry or professional association.
  • Read technical publications to keep up-to-date on new development in your field (e.g., books, professional newsletters, trade journals).
  • Conduct briefings.
  • Build an informal 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 the General Schedule and Federal Wage System.
  • Learn about your agency’s classification system, if applicable.
  • Interpret and apply position classification standards to positions and determine the correct pay category, occupational series, title, and grade level.
  • Learn Title 5 USC 51 Classification and Federal Wage System classification.
  • Learn about your agency’s classification and position management policies, procedures, and supplemental classification guidance.
  • Learn about the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
  • Understand the impact on incumbents when positions are reclassified.
  • Draft white collar and blue collar position descriptions — supervisory and nonsupervisory.
  • Assist higher-level specialists in providing classification management advisory services.
  • Classify noncontroversial positions in a variety of occupational groups.
  • Draft position evaluation statements.
  • Assist higher level specialists in developing training/briefing materials.

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