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Human Resource Development 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
  • Participate in a staff needs assessment to identify competency gaps and common training needs.
  • Assist in the development of a formal training program.
  • Work with your supervisor and assist with the development of an Individual Development Plan.
  • Review and understand the process for procuring training and then write a SOW/SOO.
  • Conduct interviews or informational sessions with senior HRD specialists to gain insight into the skills critical for success.
  • Review and summarize Level 1 training evaluations.
  • Actively participate on a team such as with other co-workers or internal focus groups, to assist in accomplishing projects or in ensuring the success of a developmental program.

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