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How does one move from Federal to Commercial? I have commercial contacts but they aren't sure what the process is

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It's not that hard I just transferred over last month. Just get on a commercial project. Hardest part for me was rolling off my federal project.

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You need a PPD sponsor, but should also have already done commercial projects

I should've been more specific. How do I get staffed on a commercial project?

Resource Manager / network / PPD

Once you're on a commercial project and you've been with the firm for a year.. Just apply.. My transfer went thru in 2 weeks real smooth

Network your way onto your first commercial process. Then you need PPD sponsor from each side - both push and pull. Should be your project PPD on the commercial side and SLL on Federal side. It's pretty easy if you're staffed on a commercial project. If you aren't staffed on a commercial project the process is like applying for a Deloitte commercial consulting job from the outside. You have to basically get the job. Long process and you'll probably end up on the bench at the end. But, it gives you the opportunity to negotiate salary off cycle.

I have several friends who have, and they all got it by finding someone on a commercial project to get them on and transitioning over

So I don't need federal permission to try a commercial project?

Not officially but you need a valid case with support. Overall it has to make sense for the firm/PPDs to support the move.

No you don't. Just stay billable. The best way to get on a commercial project is to roll to the bench and then get on one - bc commercial staffing happens much more quickly than federal. But rolling to the bench hurts your utilization. Fed consultants are rarely on the bench between clients, so relative to your federal peers you look worse. Catch 22.

I'm in a position where I could possibly roll off now. How do You network into a commercial project? Cold emails, counselor, or what?

Cold emails setting up phone calls until a PPD will staff you for whatever random reason they desire...start getting on PRD too. There's also a "initiate transfer button" in your ToD profile... That will get the internal wheels moving

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