What are the best contract specialist qualifications and training to get ahead?

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janays87 in Aurora, Colorado

46 months ago

Hi Jake,

When searching for positions for the government-my suggestion would be to look for positions that are listed as expedited hiring authority positions within the contracting career field. You will receive OJT and you will be able to also bring your experience to the table. Also spread your search to positions that have procurement in the title etc. Having a business degree is equally important as having a contract certificate etc. Every little bit helps.

I would also contact the interviewers for those positions you were not qualified for and see if they will give you feedback as to why you were not hired.

Good luck!!!

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Jake in Arlington, Virginia

46 months ago

Janays87 in Aurora, Colorado said: Hi Jake,

When searching for positions for the government-my suggestion would be to look for positions that are listed as expedited hiring authority positions within the contracting career field. You will receive OJT and you will be able to also bring your experience to the table. Also spread your search to positions that have procurement in the title etc. Having a business degree is equally important as having a contract certificate etc. Every little bit helps.

I would also contact the interviewers for those positions you were not qualified for and see if they will give you feedback as to why you were not hired.

Good luck!!!

Thank you Janays. That is very helpful. I will definitely expand my search to postings for purchasing positions as well. I have applied for a number of expedited hiring positions but I never did fully understand what that entailed.

I am hoping that my law degree and contracts experience will eventually be enough to land me one of these jobs. Do you have any knowledge or information regarding an associates degree such as this: www.esi-intl.com/certificates/contract-management-certificates/associate-certificate-in-contract-management

I am just trying to determine if this would be worth the time and money to put me over the top for one of these positions.

Thanks again Janays.

Jake

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meanab in Maryland

30 months ago

Have you looked into Internship positions with the Air Force and or other DoD agencies. They call them the Pathway Internship programs. The Air Force Copper Cap Internship Program is how I gained access into the Contracting career field.

Hope this helps! :)

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meanab in Maryland

30 months ago

DCMA always have opportunities. Jake you should try there. You can find their job announcements on USAJOBS.gov

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jane488 in West Covina, California

27 months ago

MeanaB in Maryland said: Have you looked into Internship positions with the Air Force and or other DoD agencies. They call them the Pathway Internship programs. The Air Force Copper Cap Internship Program is how I gained access into the Contracting career field.

Hope this helps! :)

Hi,

Do you know if internship program is open to all/anyone?
I thought internship was available through/for students?

Thanks for your time.

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