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There was a question on JobCase a few days ago asking about experience hiring on with FEMA.
Perhaps things have changed with the new administration.
About two years ago, I went through the hiring process to be on an on-call FEMA emergency management team. I'm retired, and had been in wildland fire for many years. It seemed like a "win-win" situation.
We got to the "offer" stage, and the conditions of hiring were shared with me. I was to be on-call 24/7 for two years. If I failed to respond within 24 hours, I could be "fired." When I asked about these terms, the response was that there were no exceptions. Could I take a vacation from being on-call with my wife for a short period during my commitment? No. Take it or leave it. The HR person I dealt with admitted he wouldn't accept those terms.
The pay offered was considerably lower than the "AD" or administratively determined wildland fire pay rate for the same position (as a retiree, that wasn't a concern). In wildland fire, when you're through with one assignment you get a "breather" before going on another assignment. That wasn't part of the deal when I applied.
It was with some regret that I concluded that I had to turn it down. I've a PhD in the area I was to work in, with a decade in wildland fire management teams. My objective was to contribute skills and experience that were apparently in need, but the conditions were the functional equivalent of wearing a home-detention GPS ankle bracelet for two years.
To clarify, if I had been determined to be unacceptable to the agency for any of myriad reasons, no offer would have been made. An offer to hire was made. Keep in mind, this was for an "on-call" role, with no compensation for being on-call. It was only when the offer was made that terms of employment were made available for me to review.
After about 20 years as a federal employee, the arrogance of the agency far exceeded anything I'd experienced.
Note, my experience may have been absolutely unique... As they say, "your mileage may vary."
Published Tue, Jan 12 20219:19 AM EST Updated Tue, Jan 12 20214:26 PM EST Article by: Jennifer Liu @JLJENNIFERLIU
If you’re a new college graduate, or you’re looking to try a totally different career, you may be feeling a mixture of excitement and fear. Getting your feet wet in a brand new field is a big step. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to get your foot — or even a toe — in the door. A common dilemma faced by many recent graduates or career changers is the fact that it’s hard to get a job without experience. But how do you get the skills if no one will hire you? Since many employers are reluctant to train new hires on the job, it can be an uphill battle.
If you find yourself in this predicament, don’t give up. There are some careers that pay handsomely even if you don’t have years of related work experience and advanced education under your belt. Rather, you can gain expertise on the job through an apprenticeship and other on-the-job training programs. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Here are nine high-paying jobs that require little or no experience.
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We've all had teammates that don't exactly make work easier. In fact, sometimes a coworker can make work downright difficult. Those instances can be memorable BUT it's important to remember those coworkers who are always stepping up, making life easier for the team and bringing sunshine and positivity to your day.
Can you think of a coworker who helped you or your team out? Give them a shout-out here!