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Career Conditional Status
  An employee who has served for less than three consecutive years in the Federal Government in a permanent position.
Career Ladder
  The promotion potential of a Federal job.
Certificate Of Eligibles
  List of elible candidates that results from responses to a vacancy announcement and an application process.
Competitive Service
. Most positions in the federal government that are subject to Title 5, U.S. Code, meaning that candidates compete for entrance with other non-status applicants
Eligibles
  Refers to qualified employees.
Excepted service
  Most positions in the legislative and judicial branches, and some int executive branches. Not in the competitive services.
Federal Wage System (FDW)
  Classification used for trade and labor jobs in the federal government. Pay system covers blue- collar jobs in apprentice and journeyman trades and crafts occupations.
General Schedule (GS)
  Classification for white-collar jobs in the federal government. It consists of 15 numerical grade levels and their corresponding salaries.
Grade
  Each pay category. WG indicates Federal Wage System jobs while GS indicates General Schedule.
High-3 Average Salary
  Refers to the average of your highest basic pay over any three years of consecutive service. Used to determine retirement benefits.
Indefinite
  Positions that are open for a continuously open period. These may also be closed by the agency at anytime.
Intern Program
  (also "management trainee program"). Many agencies hire entry-level (GS-5/7) candidates in professional and administrative occupations for these 1-3 year full-time training programs, which offer rotational and career developmental opportunities.
Job Family
  Grouping of occupations in the Federal Wage System (WG) that are related in either similarity of functions performed, tranferability of knowledge and skills.
Merit Promotion
  Opportunities for current Federal employees to be promoted within the Federal Government's competitive service.
Occupation
  Particular kind of work which includes all jobs in that various skill level of the federal government.
OF-612
  Optional Application for Federal Employment.
Pay Comparability
  By law, federal salaries are based on a comparison with private-sector jobs.
Probationary Period
  A trial period that new employees serve before becoming permanent
Rating and Ranking
  Evaluates the candidates for a job and ranks in score order.
Registers
  List of qualified applicants for specific occupations or positions in the federal government.
Reinstatement Eligibility
  Provision allowing former Federal employees to apply for Federal jobs that are open to "status" employees.
Senior Executive Program
  Top management within a federal agency.
Series
  All jobs in a subgroup of an occupational group that are related by subject matter, knowledge, and skills.
Standard Form 171 (SF-171)
  The application form used in applying for most Federal Government jobs.
Status Employee
  An employee who has served for less than 3 consecutive years in the Federal Government in a permanent position.
Summer Aid
  The Federal Government employs economically disadvantaged youths who earn the Federal minimum wage.
Temporary Appointment
  Appointment that lasts one year or less and has a specific expiration date.
Term Appointment
  Appointment that lasts for one year and up to four years.
Veteran Preference
   Veterans receives preference points that are added to there score when applying for a federal job.
   
 
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