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

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Martin in Morgan Hill, California

29 months ago

My background for the past 15 years in DOD has been a Pricing Analyst. I've been given the opportunity to work as a Subcontract Administrator. Where can I obtain the necessary training for this position? What types of courses would these be?

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Jake in Arlington, Virginia

26 months ago

I am an attorney with ~3 years of various contract experience (negotiating, drafting, editing various sales and service contracts and commercial leases). I am not a veteran. I have been attempting to transition from being a self-employed attorney to being a contract specialist. I have been applying to both private companies and government agencies.

I have had some luck. A couple of interviews. But no luck landing a job. I have been considering a certification and or associates degree and I was wondering if somebody could provide some guidance on what would be more more worthwhile.

I have looked at an associates degree such as: www.esi-intl.com/certificates/contract-management-certificates/associate-certificate-in-contract-management.

I have also looked at the various certifications from NCMA such as: www.ncmahq.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/content.cfm?ItemNumber=6086&navItemNumber=9985

My question is whether anyone has any input as to what would be more worthwhile. I have contract experience but obviously no direct contract specialist / purchasing experience. I am not a veteran. I just want to get my foot in the door somewhere. Whether that means public or private I do not care at this point.

Thanks everyone for your input.

Jake

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Janays87 in Aurora, Colorado

26 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

26 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

10 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

10 months ago

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

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Mscreven@mhg.com in Gulfport, Mississippi

8 months ago

RichardEinstein in Auburndale, Florida said:

SERIOUSLY??? Obviously, you did not get the job because you are unfit for any position that requires interacting with human beings. Your stupid comment (along with others I am sure) caused you to be passed over for the position. BTW, I am an African American female with a bachelor's degree and two master's degree (one from Yale University and the other from Columbia University). I currently am enrolled in a doctorate's program AND I am studying for the CPCM exam.

You were not selected for the position and wonder of all wonders...it is someone else's fault!!! Exactly how would you know whom passed the exam and whom did not? From reading your comments, I can only conclude that you, my deluded friend, are an idiot.

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jane488 in West Covina, California

7 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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