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Kerri
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #790 on: Dec 4th, 2006, 11:53am »
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I do not have kids, so I don't know anything about the schools.  I would recommend that you do a search on the internet for Manassas Park schools.  There are sites you can find out things like test scores and achievements.
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #791 on: Dec 5th, 2006, 6:38pm »
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All else being equal, if you have children, try to live in Fairfax county. Fairfax is regarded as having the best school system in the area, and one of the best in the country.  Avoid DC city schools.
 
If you are young and single, you should consider living in DC. The PTO is easily accessible from the metro, and there are a lot of fun places to live in the city. It isn't any more expensive than trying to rent within walking distance to the PTO, but the nightlife is way better.  
 
If you don't want the city, try to live near a Metro at least. It will be more expensive, but it is very convenient to commute via the metro, and the government will pay for it. That will save you $100 in parking fees right there.
 
If you must drive, keep in mind that the traffic can be brutal on certain roads during rush hour (esp I66, I95 and I-495 at Woodrow Wilson Bridge). Plan to leave for work before 6:00 or after 9:00 in the AM, and before 3:00 or after 7:00 or so at night if you want to avoid the worst of it on those roads, although this won't be an option while you are at the Patent Academy.  If you live in Fairfax/Arlington County or Alexandria City, you can travel on back roads which won't be as bad.  Otherwise, you may want to consider renting close to the PTO/Metro for your first year so you can get an idea what the traffic situation is and where a good place for you to live would be.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #792 on: Dec 6th, 2006, 8:42am »
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thanks for your advices. I want to rent the aparment/condos closed either Metro or PTO site with good elementary school rating. Anybody has any ideas ? please advices
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #793 on: Dec 7th, 2006, 12:36am »
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Can someone dissect this for me
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Thank you for your interest in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Before your  interview with , Supervisory Patent Examiners information and additional documents are needed before you are considered for the new USPTO Patent Training Academy beginning January 22, 2007 or February 19, 2007.  Once I have all of your paperwork, a Request for Hire will be submitted for Director's approval, and after their authorization, the Office of Human Resources for processing.
        Please note: Only the Office of Human Resources can extend a formal job offer.   This is not an offer letter.

Note I've already had an interview with an SPE (obviously this is a form letter). Anybody else seen something similar?  Does this mean all that's left is a background check?
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Kerri
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #794 on: Dec 7th, 2006, 12:20pm »
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Yes, I got this too, in an email.  This is basically a letter stating that they want to offer you a job, but they need you to submit more paperwork before an official offer is extended.
 
As long as your paperwork gets in and checks out fine, you should have a job offer coming your way.  They told me it would take 1-2 weeks before they would extend an offer after i got the paperwork in. In my case, HR called me about 1 week after my paperwork was in to offer me a job.  After I accepted on the phone, they FEDexed me a new hire packet (more paperwork!).
 
So get excited!  This is really good news! (Should you want the job of course).
 
I haven't started yet.  They wanted me to start in November, but I have a house to sell and a spouse who has to relocate his job as well.  So I got them to push back my start date.  I start on January 22.
 
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