Should I take this job just to be able to have a job with the Federal government?
August 24, 2011 5:02 PM Subscribe
I'm interviewing for a job with the Federal government that is far below the qualifications I have. What to do if I get an offer?
posted by reenum to Work & Money (25 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've been scheduled for an interview as a contact representative for the Social Security Administration. It's a GS-7 position. I'd work in a call center position where I would be explaining benefits to people who call in. The maximum promotion potential for the job is GS-8.
I'm an attorney with 6 years of experience, so this job is lower on the ladder than I would like to start. But, I do want to get a foothold into the Federal government.
My question is whether it makes sense from a career standpoint to take this position if offered or to hold out for something with a higher starting rank. I currently have unemployment coming in, which covers almost all my expenses. That should keep going for another 5-6 months. The job pays about as much as I made while working for my last employer here in Kansas.
Also, the job would necessitate a move from Kansas to NYC, which means I'd have to downgrade my lifestyle for a couple of years.
Any thoughts or advice is most welcome.