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J Smith
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #535 on: Aug 29th, 2006, 2:28pm »
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I just got hired.  Grin  I am really looking forward to this new position and new location.  I am driving there from CA  and am wondering if anyone has any experience with finding a place to share through craigslist.  Are roomate agencies more effective than responding to personal ads for rentals?  thanks.
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« Reply #536 on: Aug 29th, 2006, 2:47pm »
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I'll be starting at the PTO in mid-September.
 
I was just curious as to the possibility for examiners to "lateral" to other art units (e.g. chemical to biotech or vice-versa) assuming that such person is equally qualified for a position in each area.
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« Reply #537 on: Aug 29th, 2006, 2:51pm »
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on Aug 29th, 2006, 2:28pm, J Smith wrote:
I just got hired.  Grin  I am really looking forward to this new position and new location.  I am driving there from CA  and am wondering if anyone has any experience with finding a place to share through craigslist.  Are roomate agencies more effective than responding to personal ads for rentals?  thanks.

 
 
Depending on your starting date, you may want to consider getting a furnished studio or 1-BR on a short-term lease (e.g. 3 months).  That would give you more time to learn the area and the different housing options/arrangements that are available.
 
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #538 on: Aug 29th, 2006, 3:52pm »
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I have applied for jobs at the Patent Office and never get interviewed.  I am a NHIV at the Missile Defense Agency which is basically a 15 step 2 or 14 step 8.  I am a Mechanical engineer with a master's from Hopkins.  What gives with the USPTO when it comes to hiring.  THe only thing I can think of is that my rank disqualifies me from working there.  Any other suggestions or rationales would be helpful before I apply again.   I should at least get an interview.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #539 on: Aug 29th, 2006, 4:05pm »
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on Aug 29th, 2006, 3:52pm, dwashington wrote:
I have applied for jobs at the Patent Office and never get interviewed.  I am a NHIV at the Missile Defense Agency which is basically a 15 step 2 or 14 step 8.  I am a Mechanical engineer with a master's from Hopkins.  What gives with the USPTO when it comes to hiring.  THe only thing I can think of is that my rank disqualifies me from working there.  Any other suggestions or rationales would be helpful before I apply again.   I should at least get an interview.

 
Stay where you are and don't bother with the PTO. Trust me, you'll regret it. You must be making what, $120K or so? Are your hours reasonable for that kind of bank? If you come to the PTO you'll start about $75K (gs11/10) at best, maybe less (gs9). For that you'll have to grind thru and work unpaid OT. Don't bother.  
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