YOUR SSA-45.. THE KEY TO THE PATH TO SUCCESS
Every promotion plan in SSA (and you should read yours) requires that five factors be considered in choosing you for a new job:
- Training and Self-Development
- Outside Activities
- Performance Appraisal
Your SSA-45 should tell your whole story. Selecting officials see your SSA-45 long before they ever see you. The SSA-45 is your judge and jury. Give it all the evidence it needs.
WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE?
What have you done, anywhere, which the new job will ask you to do?
First, find out what the new job will ask of you; don't just think you
can guess. Study the following:
A. The vacancy announcement
B. The position description (ask the Personnel Office for a copy)
C. Source books in your Personnel Office
- OPM Qualification Standards Operating Manual
- OPM Classification Standards
By now, you may have guessed that the SSA-45 should be tailor-made for each promotion for which you apply. It should indeed!
TRAINING AND SELF-DEVELOPMENT
Be sure to show all the training you have had to prepare you for
this next job.
List every seminar, every government training course, and every course you have taken at your expense. Have you, for example, attended a seminar on career development? It may not seem to
you that it relates to the next job, but it certainly may. Have you sought a reading list on a specific subject at your local library,
and followed the reading list? Mention it.
If the courses you have taken have omnibus titles, like "Communications," describe what you learned which fits the
Every effort you have made to develop yourself into a more competent person should be included here. It will attest to your desire for growth and to your curiosity about knowledge.
Most of us are modest about awards. Many think the award should be a magnificent one if it is to be included. Don't!
Cite letters of commendation from your supervisor or your
servicing public; mention suggestion awards and tell what your suggestion was. Remember quality increases. Include awards
church, clubs and organizations outside of the Government.
Many of us devote long hours to community volunteer work that often goes unrecognized. OPM acknowledges the value of such experience for personal and career development.
The trust accorded you by your community groups reflects abilities the Government values. Besides, these activities have helped you develop the knowledge, skills and abilities that transfer to high performance on the job. Don't ignore them!
Employees must be at the successful level in order to be considered for promotion.