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Buckaroo Banzai
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #875 on: Mar 9th, 2007, 9:05pm »
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on Mar 9th, 2007, 8:28pm, mk1023 wrote:

 
The people in human resources/hiring center at the PTO are nice, but to say they're unorganized is an understatement. After talking with people in my lab, I know my experience was the rule not the exception. If you really want to work at the PTO, go ahead and call human resources and check the status of your application.

 
That's for sure!  I actually have been talking to a guy at PHC and one of the hiring coordinators that I met at an earlier career fair (though he's not in the group art for which I'm qualified), but I don't want to pester them to death.  Somehow, I can't imagine that repeated emails containing "Did I get the job yet?" "How about now?" "OK, what about.... NOW?" are going to help my case any (of course, that's exactly what I want to do!  Grin ).
 
You're right, everyone I've talked to has been very nice, but certainly frazzled.  And this newfangled computerized hiring system doesn't seem to be helping matters for them.  If I hadn't been on top of the process, my application would have disappeared into a black hole several times already because of snafus in the system.
 
I suppose it *was* to much to ask to have an answer after only 4 days of consideration by the H.C.'s...   Smiley
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #876 on: Mar 14th, 2007, 6:14am »
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Buckaroo Banzai, You mentioned that "Supposedly my application went to the hiring coordinators a few days ago for them to look at."  How did you find out that your application was already forwarded to the hiring managers/SPEs on the referral list already? I interviewed at the PTO in mid-February, but didn't fill out the online application for the right job announcement until February 23rd. I filled out one on January 31 too based on a SPEs recommendation, but it was an application for the wrong job announcement and because of glitches with their new system it got rejected. I've been told that my application from Feb.23 though is complete, good to go, and I meet the qualifications so it should show up on the referral list, but I'm not sure if that has been forwarded to supervisors yet. I don't think it has b/c I have a friend who interviewed about the same time as me, but he filled out the right application by January 31, and he received a formal offer about 2 weeks ago, about the same day that his online application showed up on the hiring managers/supervisors referral list.  
 
So to answer your question, based on my friend's experience, it shouldn't be much longer after your application/name shows up on the referral list to the hiring managers that you should be receiving an email saying something along these lines:
 
"Your names have come up on a referral list from USA Jobs and we would like to reccomend you for employment in Technology Center ****X." And then it will request that you fill out those additional SF and OF security forms to fax in within 48 hours. And then you should have a formal offer within a few days after you send in those forms if everything is good.
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« Reply #877 on: Mar 14th, 2007, 10:24am »
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Any new examiners looking for a convenient/affordable place to live?  Springfield house w/ 3BR for rent, located next to metro and mall, only 10-15 drive to USPTO.  House is newly rennovated.  
 
please email Frontier dot House at gmail dot com if interested!
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #878 on: Mar 14th, 2007, 3:32pm »
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on Mar 9th, 2007, 8:28pm, mk1023 wrote:

 
The people in human resources/hiring center at the PTO are nice, but to say they're unorganized is an understatement. After talking with people in my lab, I know my experience was the rule not the exception. If you really want to work at the PTO, go ahead and call human resources and check the status of your application.

 
Sounds like typical government hiring.  I've been at my current federal job for several years and never even had an employment physical..  I don't like needles or doctors offices so I never volunteered, and they never asked.Smiley  Do you have to get blood drawn (or any other needles) for patent office jobs?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #879 on: Mar 14th, 2007, 6:45pm »
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Daven -  
 
You are joking, right?  Why on earth would the PTO need to draw blood of new hires?  I don't even think they do a pre-employment drug screen.
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