Similar situation as GuitarGuy, looking for advice/feedback on my current situation.
EE with GPA between 2.95 and 3.4, JD with ok'ish but not great GPA, near the opening Detroit office, 9 months ME patent prosecution experience, 2 months Chem patent litigation experience, 4 years automotive experience that was a mix of EE/ME/CE type work.
EE GS11 - 7/20 app (min req. not met) (this one was weird since I know I met them and filled it out right)
EE GS07+09 - 11/02 app (referred, interview, not selected first in 07 then at the last minute not referred in 09)
CE+EE GS11 - 12/22 app (referred EE, not referred CE, heard nothing about EE nor seen a status change in a very long time)
ME+CE+EE GS07+09 - 1/02 app (referred ME, referred EE, CE lost my transcripts and needed a re-send then referred, heard nothing nor seen a status change in a very long time)
ME+EE GS11 (Detroit) - 2/27 app (deadline for apps isn't until 3/30, I am going to the info session on 3/24, I also had my resume referred to an examiner handling Detroit applications, got an immediate request to send pre-interview forms).
I would be happy with an offer at any level, I want a job in the patent field very badly, and think the work style required by the USPTO fits my working habits really well, so I would also be happy with it, though it would be quite tough starting at GS11, more so than I would enjoy.
My two questions are:
Should I get an update on my DC GS 7/9/11 applications that have been sitting in referred and sitting for 8-10 weeks? Has anyone heard any news for EE's since the last late Dec hiring decision? (I have checked here and the Examjournal blog, lots of updates for other disciplines but EE seems dead in terms of information)
Is there anything I can ask or say to my contact for the Detroit office that would help my situation, and not just bug him?