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Old 07-17-2013, 05:30 PM   #1441
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:39 AM   #1442
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I just got a new job, a REAL job finally, with AmeriCorps. I'm a transitional housing program assistant, working Operation Homefront (who works with military families).

It's a contract position for one year, but it's a federal government job and a step in the right direction, so after 6 years I'm finally kissing retail goodbye. This is really new to me but I'm pretty excited for it.

What's grinding my gears right now is all these background checks. I understand the necessity of it, but I need an FBI one and two state ones (because I'm living in DC and working in MD) I need to be fingerprinted, at least twice and despite getting instructions in writing, they're confusing as hell and going not only to the FBI place (in WV) but off to another state where I guess they're going reviewed and recorded.

I wish this was all just clearer to me, but I guess I'll get it all figured out soon. I've just never had to do all this before. Background checks were typically just done by the employer but Jesus, this is a lot of work.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:49 AM   #1443
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awesome you landed a fed govt job .... i am so jealous. I spent a good year filling out apps for approx 30 openings and while i always cleared the first screening of being a qualified candidate i never got any closer .... i think it was bc i had no prior fed govt position and the positions i was applying for were level 12 and up which i am guessing only go to ppl with prior fed govt experience ....

i always figured you needed to start out as a janitor for a fed building or be former military to get a fed govt job.
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awesome you landed a fed govt job .... i am so jealous. I spent a good year filling out apps for approx 30 openings and while i always cleared the first screening of being a qualified candidate i never got any closer .... i think it was bc i had no prior fed govt position and the positions i was applying for were level 12 and up which i am guessing only go to ppl with prior fed govt experience ....

i always figured you needed to start out as a janitor for a fed building or be former military to get a fed govt job.
It's not the ideal, but it's a place to start. I don't get to negotiate what my pay is, as it's consider a "living stipend" and I get benefits and what not taken out of that. After I'm done with the contract it's possible for me to get up to $5,000 to pay for school costs, student loan payments, etc but it's strictly for that. Seems this job is geared more towards people either right out of college or looking to go back.

I actually found the gig on Craigslist so, there's that.
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What grinds my gears about applying for jobs there, getting emails like this:


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We have reviewed your application and found you qualified for the position listed above that have this Referred Status code. However, you were not among the most highly qualified candidates. Therefore, your name will not be referred to the employing agency at this time. If we receive a request from the agency for additional candidates, your application will then be reviewed for possible referral.

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F&*k Flying. Went to Disney a few weeks back and our flight from Va to Disney took 13 hours. Delay after delay after delay. I could have driven as fast as it took us to fly. Finally in Charlotte NC while on delay I started drinking to numb my mind. Not sure why the wife couldn't find a direct flight to Disney like some other I know.
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3.55 for a gallon of gas
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3.55 for a gallon of gas
You're lucky you're not in DC, I've seen it over $4 in the more affluent parts of the city. i.e. The Watergate Exxon station was notoriously expensive, close to $5 a gallon.

Last I paid was $3.65.
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I think I heard Obama blaming Bush for the high gas prices.
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F&*k Flying. Went to Disney a few weeks back and our flight from Va to Disney took 13 hours. Delay after delay after delay. I could have driven as fast as it took us to fly. Finally in Charlotte NC while on delay I started drinking to numb my mind. Not sure why the wife couldn't find a direct flight to Disney like some other I know.
Traveling in the summer can be rough, especially without a non-stop flight.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:24 AM   #1453
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That job site doesn't work if you're a straight, non-handicapped white male.


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That job site doesn't work if you're a straight, non-handicapped white male.


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Congrats on the job, DR!!
Exactly where do you mark off your sexuality on that site?
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Exactly where do you mark off your sexuality on that site?
at the end of the application filling process, its the last thing they ask if i remember correctly - gender, race.

i also believe (after a good year or so of applying for fed jobs and being highly qualified) that you will not get hired unless you are a minority, disabled or military vet.

the fed govt reply was that i had the pre-requisite qualifications but i wasnt selected for the interview process . . . i hate DC and the fed govt.
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