HR University Logo, Teaching the Business of HR; and CHCO Council seal

Staffing 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
  • Use the staffing process to fill a job and learn standard authorities.
  • Participate in college recruitment events.
  • Research USAJOBS for examples of well written, succinct job announcements.
  • Apply formal training and learn how to qualify applicants.
  • Establish a recruitment plan for a specific position (i.e., meet with a Hiring Manager; create a service level agreement, marketing plan, etc). (GS-9 only)
  • Review OPM guidance on writing effective job announcements. (GS-9 only)