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bluerogue

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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #7140 on: 02-06-18 at 01:10 am »

If you apply for 2 Positions ( electrical and computer) patent examiner, and get hired for one. Does that mean this is the final placement?
or final placement happen after completing patent training academy?

I found out my AU 1st day of academy. 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #7141 on: 02-06-18 at 08:57 am »

johnHatcher. yes in Alexandria
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #7142 on: 02-06-18 at 09:17 am »

EngineeringStudent,

When did you receive the offer ?  What is the starting date ?

Thanks.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #7143 on: 02-06-18 at 11:37 am »

 a few days ago. Start is in late March.
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fewyearsin

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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #7144 on: 02-06-18 at 12:31 pm »

Anyone here starting in Denver soon?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #7145 on: 02-07-18 at 02:24 am »

a few days ago. Start is in late March.

Just out of curiosity, what is your educational background and do you have any experience working in the private sector ?

Thanks.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #7146 on: 02-07-18 at 10:15 am »

johnHatcher
I have a B.S Computer Engineering. 2 years industry experience + internship. Currently in Grad School.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #7147 on: 02-07-18 at 03:57 pm »

a few days ago. Start is in late March.

Hi EngineeringStudent, I received the offer couple days ago, and I think we probably start at the same time as March 19.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #7148 on: 02-07-18 at 05:38 pm »

ok cool
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #7149 on: 02-07-18 at 07:24 pm »

a few days ago. Start is in late March.

Hi EngineeringStudent, I received the offer couple days ago, and I think we probably start at the same time as March 19.

Was this for the job posted in late January? I haven't even had my qualifications confirmed or had an interview yet. I guess that's a bad sign?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #7150 on: 02-07-18 at 08:19 pm »

That was for examiner positions posted in Sep,2017 and closed in Dec,2017. Be patient.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #7151 on: 02-07-18 at 09:06 pm »

That was for examiner positions posted in Sep,2017 and closed in Dec,2017. Be patient.

Awesome, thank you for the response.

I wasn't expecting to get any updates until a week or two after the current posting closes (mid-March) but then I saw two posts talking about receiving offers but that makes a lot of sense. Thank you again.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #7152 on: 02-07-18 at 11:55 pm »

That was for examiner positions posted in Sep,2017 and closed in Dec,2017. Be patient.

Awesome, thank you for the response.

I wasn't expecting to get any updates until a week or two after the current posting closes (mid-March) but then I saw two posts talking about receiving offers but that makes a lot of sense. Thank you again.
It is not uncommon for PTO examiner hiring to take up to 6 months.
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« Reply #7153 on: 02-08-18 at 04:01 pm »

I don't suppose any of you who got offers has any advice for resume writing or the interview?

I already saw the list of 4 questions they ask you during the interview on glassdoor and I was told that on my resume I should be sure to include much greater detail than I normally would in for application to a private sector job.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #7154 on: 02-08-18 at 11:57 pm »

I don't suppose any of you who got offers has any advice for resume writing or the interview?

I already saw the list of 4 questions they ask you during the interview on glassdoor and I was told that on my resume I should be sure to include much greater detail than I normally would in for application to a private sector job.
Some ideas ....

1. Positive attributes: "I am a focused individual, I follow directions, I like to work alone, I have good attention to detail".
2. Positive interests: "Researching technology sounds exciting, I hear you can flex your schedule -- that's appealing", "The legal-engineering dynamic of this job interests me".
3. Positive experiences: "I wrote some comp. programs, and the whole experience of working alone, grinding out code for long hours is something I found I enjoy, and would be applicable to this job".
4. Curtail your expectations:
a. "It's not a teamwork job, it's not a people job.
b. You will not learn about technology.
c. There is no "career ladder".
d. For most examiners, the job is ultimately mindless, repetitive searching, and writing (maybe exciting in the short-term).
e. Maybe not speak about any "legal aspirations", or advanced education (you're applying to be a grunt).
5. If you want to work in a particular technology area, then make your resume have those keywords , so some admin person will classify you in that art.
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