Looking for a higher grade


Q. I am a General Schedule 7 step 9 now. Should I look for another job before I reach step 10, so I don’t stagnate at that level?

A. If you don’t want to be stuck at the top of your current grade, where you’d only receive pay raises when – and if – they occur, then looking for a job at a higher grade with more pay steps to climb would be a good idea.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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