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  • I think that's a good place for the $300 to go. Get that out of the way and move on to the next thing!
    1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
    2. Eat to heal
    3. Move to live
    4. Embrace today
    5. Live with intention
    6. Respect my body
    7. Cultivate joy
    8. Find my passion
    9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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    • You haven't posted in 5 days!
      1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
      2. Eat to heal
      3. Move to live
      4. Embrace today
      5. Live with intention
      6. Respect my body
      7. Cultivate joy
      8. Find my passion
      9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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      • Haven't had anything to say... I've been reading (two) journals and commenting as I see fit.
        Primal since March 5, 2012
        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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        • Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
          Haven't heard anything from the people interviewing for the internships and have been told they're interviewing, so assuming I didn't get chosen for any of those four.
          Remember this? Well, I got called today and asked if I was still interested in the 7 lead 11 contracting position. I said yes, so the gal asked if I wanted to be interviewed for it and asked if I could come by at 11. I told her yes. I went and the people were really nice. There were very relaxed and asked a few questions, asking follow up questions if something piqued their interest or if I left out a detail they wanted to hear (not typical of government interviews). They used a lot of "you will be" statements, which is not what you generally hear at interviews. They asked about my schooling, they asked about times I've excelled. They even asked about a time when I failed to meet a goal. I explained that even if things don't go exactly according to plan, I don't necessarily consider it a failure, but decided to tell them about when I decided I wanted to go to nursing school and how I didn't properly research the requirements so when it came time to actually apply for nursing school (after completing the pre-reqs) I learned I'd have to quit my job in order to get my degree. I told them that this was a failure b/c it cost me a lot of time and money and simply researching a bit better before hand would have prevented it. Then we talked about how the program works - a quick two week "bootcamp" where you learn the programs and tools used in writing government contracts, then the 1 year training period, then the 1 year "get your feet wet period", then the 1 year "contracting specialist" period, then the "you can move on to bigger and better things if you want to" period. We talked hours, we talked liability (if a contract gets screwed up and costs the government millions scenarios). I feel a lot more comfortable with doing that kind of work now. And I like the idea of being the one who helps the Soldier get what the Soldier needs. They said the job is very rewarding - even the seemingly insignificant contracts like port-a-potty cleaning in Afghanistan are rewarding - Soldiers like clean toilets, after all. She said there will be some travel to outside organizations, but much. Might even be some international travel, which would be cool - as long as it's not frequent. So we'll see. She asked for references and I gave her 2 previous bosses and my current boss (who is well aware that I'm trying to grow and move on). Anyhow, we will see where this one takes me. I won't be working WITH Soldiers anymore, but I'll be working FOR Soldiers, and that's important too.
          Primal since March 5, 2012
          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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          • That sounds very promising! My fingers are crossed for you. I get what you're saying about working with vs. for. I am tired of the grunt work of working at a help desk, but I still love to help people do things w/ their computers. I am hoping to move behind the scenes more so I am doing more kind of maintenance stuff, which still helps people function in their everyday roles on computers, just not as personal.
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            • Good luck Jenn. That would be awesome.

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              • Sounds exciting.
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                • I guess what excites me the most is that right now I indirectly affect the Soldiers overseas and with the job in contracting I will be directly affecting the Soldiers overseas. My supply sergeant job directly affected the Soldiers. My first job on the Island directly affected Soldiers. My second and third jobs (last and current) only indirectly affect Soldiers and that's not enough for me. They don't have to know my name, but I want to go home at night knowing that something I did made their deployment a little less unbearable (whether it be clean toilets, hot chow, or a bed instead of a cot). I don't want to just be the one who answers the phones for one of the many Full Birds that makes decisions that affect them, ya know? Contracting at first didn't sound all that great, but knowing what I know now, it sounds perfect, rewarding and very worthwhile.
                  Primal since March 5, 2012
                  SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                  • That job sounds awesome, Jenn! I hope you get it!
                    1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                    2. Eat to heal
                    3. Move to live
                    4. Embrace today
                    5. Live with intention
                    6. Respect my body
                    7. Cultivate joy
                    8. Find my passion
                    9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                    • One of the interviewers just called and talked to my boss. I shut the door so he could speak freely so I don't know what was said - just caught garbled bits and pieces of it. I think the new law is that they can't talk about how you are as a person or a worker and can only talk about what your duties are and how long you've done them, so I'm sure it was nothing special. Obviously, if they're checking references, they're interested, so hopefully none of my three references say anything derogatory that prevents me from getting the job. The other two references have always talked highly of me and gave me a considerable bonus when I only worked for them for less than 6 months, so I expect their recommendation will be positive as well. So, my fingers are crossed that I get an offer - and that it doesn't require the signing of a mobility agreement... Me no likey the mobility agreements...
                      Primal since March 5, 2012
                      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                      • whats a mobility agreement?
                        1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                        2. Eat to heal
                        3. Move to live
                        4. Embrace today
                        5. Live with intention
                        6. Respect my body
                        7. Cultivate joy
                        8. Find my passion
                        9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                        • Originally posted by tomi View Post
                          whats a mobility agreement?
                          Civilian Mobility Agreement. An agreement signed by an employee as a condition of employment that the employee, at the discretion of management, is subject to change of permanent duty station under the terms of an established civilian mobility program.

                          TL;DR they can make you move.

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                          • ^^What he said.

                            There is a gal I know and trust well who said she signed a mobility agreement when she got hired because she knows that in the next 5 years or so, there will be another flood of people retiring from the organization that will open up opportunities that will prevent the requirement to move should we get downsized (that's when the requirement to move would occur - in a downsizing situation). The way the government has been hiring for the last few decades is like this. One year they hire HUNDREDS if not thousands of people. Then they have a 5 year hiring freeze. Then they hire a crapton of people again. Then have a hiring freeze for half a decade. What this creates is a wave of people retiring ever few years. In my organization of 150 civilians, this year alone, we had 6 people retire and 6 more people take positions elsewhere in the command that were vacated by people who retired. That opened up 12 position from retirements alone... This happens in nearly all government organizations b/c of overhiring and then freezing. And the organizations here on the island have promised no "reduction in force" actions - and told the Union such, so it's permanently etched in stone, so there should be no need for mobility. But there was one position I applied for that did not require a mobility agreement, so that is my hope.

                            Given all that, though, if I don't want to move, I don't have to... but I'll have to leave my position if no other position is available locally - which is where the retirement movements come in handy - there's generally always a position to be snatched. In any event, this position is directly transferrable to the private sector as well, so if I wasn't hell bent on retiring as a government employee, I could easily take my skills outside the government and write contracts for companies like John Deere.
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • I sorta thought that's what it meant -- but thanks for explaining it.

                              I can see how that would make you a bit gun shy -- but it sounds like the likelihood of it happening is pretty slim.

                              I'm excited for you! I hope you get the new job and find yourself loving it!!
                              1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                              2. Eat to heal
                              3. Move to live
                              4. Embrace today
                              5. Live with intention
                              6. Respect my body
                              7. Cultivate joy
                              8. Find my passion
                              9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                              • I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch, but my former boss, who I put as a reference, just called me and told me to pack my shit b/c I'll be moving soon. He literally said "Pack your shit, you'll be moving soon". He was called by the lady doing the reference checks and she asked him three questions. They are below with what he told me were his responses.

                                How are her writing skills? He said impeccable and talked about my master's degree assignments (some of which he read) and things I'd done while I worked for him.

                                How is she at working with other people? He said there was never any problem and he'd welcome me back anyday.

                                Is she a self motivator? His answer was perfect. He said that when I worked for him, I was a 9. I had just finished my bachelor's degree and was working on my masters. I left there to take a permanent position, which downgraded me to an 8. He said that I continued to work on my master's degree even though it was not going to benefit me at the present time. He said the things I was doing were not conducive to being a secretary - that I should be in a different position with bigger responsibilities, but I got caught in sequestration and hiring freezes and this is where I landed. He also said that if she were to challenge me to a foot race, I'd smoke her b/c I'm really into fitness and run a lot, and mentioned the half marathoning I did and all that.

                                I guess then they started talking salary and she told him that I need to be prepared to negotiate salary with them when the offer is placed. He said she wouldn't have said that if they weren't planning to make an offer. I'm not sure why that was mentioned b/c GS-07 step 10 is just a pinch more than I make now, so that's where I'd go in salary wise. I wonder if she thinks I'm further along in the GS-09 scale (meaning a higher step than where I am, in which case stepping down to a 7 would result in a pay cut).

                                Anyhow, I'm really excited. Jim has been around for a long time and knows how the system works (he's as GS-15 step 10 - high as they go) and has been around the block a time or six. He's definitely given me hope that I'm not going to be stuck as a secretary forever.
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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