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    MembersZone Subscriber DougVelting's Avatar
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    Question Tough time finding a job?

    Ive stayed in contact with several of the people i met in Louisiana, and after coming home more than half of us have had the same problem. It has taken an unusually long time to find a job. None of us have heard back anything on our full time applications for FEMA, even with the "scramble to fill 2,500" positions. It took me almost 2 months of searching for a job in fields i had worked in before with good references, before the bank account couldn't match the mortgage payment and i had no choice but to go back to working for an uncle of mine.

    I got lucky with my uncle constantly offering me my old job back, but i was wondering how many of us have had similar situations?
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    Same here, I have been out of work since I have been back and haven't heard anything back from FEMA yet. Hopefully something will open up in my neck of the woods.

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    Did you apply via FEMA's site or something along the lines of USA Jobs? I've heard that you should be applying via the direct FEMA site.

    http://www.fema.gov/career/publicSea...DB?action=Init

    Either way, it takes a while to hear back from any gov't application.
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    Default Don't Hold Your Breath

    I hope nobody gave up a full-time job to work for FEMA, it was a temporary thing. Few if any firefighters have been called back since January, there are a few remaining workers but not many. FEMA DAE's have been deployed to the non-gulf disaster sites, some I worked with in Florida are now in northern California and Nevada. There will not be another firefighter program like last year unless something very major happens. Those being deployed are the regular DAE's, local hires have filled many positions, and the temp hires. I've found out that the FEMA regulars are filling many of the one year or term positions.

    I was fortunate, but never planned on FEMA being a long term deal regardless of what me might have been told or were led to beleive. Unfortunately FEMA didn't track what firefighters did a good job or a bad job, or what they did for the most part. Fact is, we were hired temorary help.

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    Default Depends what you're looking for

    From the website noted above in my first post. Some have approaching app. deadlines.

    Hurricane Katrina Related Vacancies

    Your search has located 27 current vacancies, which are displayed below. Please make note of the closing date for each vacancy (shown in bold text). Click on the job title to see the complete announcement for a vacancy. Be sure to follow the instructions provided within each announcement as procedures will vary concerning how and where to submit your application package.

    ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT ASSISTANT, GS-0303-06
    KAT-06-OER-189-JES
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    04/05/2006

    Accountant, GS-510-09/11
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    Virginia (Round Hill)
    09/22/2006

    Accounting Technician, GS-525-6/7
    KAT-06-FM-022-CMG
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    Virginia (Round Hill)
    06/30/2006

    Accounting Technician, GS-525-5/6
    KAT-06-FM-027-CMG
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    Virginia (Round Hill)
    06/30/2006

    Certification Technician, GS-503-5/6/7
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    Virginia (Round Hill)
    06/30/2006

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    03/31/2006

    Emergency Management Specialist, GS-0301-09/11/12
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    Washington, DC
    04/04/2006

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    03/29/2006

    Environmental Program Specialist, GS-301-11/12
    KAT-06-MD-160-TJC
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    Washington, DC
    04/04/2006

    Equal Employment Specialist, GS-0260-9/11
    KAT-06-OER-137-JES
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    03/31/2006

    FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST, GS-501-7/9
    KAT-06-FAM-187-JES
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    Virginia (Round Hill)
    09/22/2006

    Information Technology Specialist, GS-2210-9/11
    KAT-06-RD-194-VLH
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    04/04/2006

    Logistics Management Specialist, GS-346-11/12
    KAT-06-RD-193-VLH
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    Washington, DC
    04/01/2006

    Material Handler CDL, WG-6907-08
    KAT-06-RD-192-VLH
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    03/31/2006

    PROGRAM MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST, GS-301-12
    KAT-06-NIMS-201-CMG
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    Washington, DC
    04/04/2006

    Physical Security Specialist, GS-080-12
    KAT-06-OS-196-VLH
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    Washington, DC
    04/05/2006

    Program Analyst, GS-343-11/12
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    04/04/2006

    Program Analyst (Technical Monitor), GS-340-12
    KAT-06-RC-158-TJC
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    12/31/2006

    Program Specialist (HMTAP), GS-301-12
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    Washington, DC
    04/05/2006


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    03/31/2006

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    KAT-06-OPA-188-JES
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    04/05/2006

    Public Affairs Specialist (Lead), GS-1035-13
    KAT-06-OPA-183-JES
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    03/31/2006

    Public Affairs Specialist (Newsdesk), GS-1035-12
    KAT-06-OPA-182-JES
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    03/31/2006

    Supervisory Logistics Management Specialist, GS-346-12
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    03/30/2006

    TRAINING SPECIALIST, GS-301-11/12
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    04/04/2006
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    No i definately didn't leave any permanent job for FEMA. I was trying to switch gears after i got home and not go back to the "same ol' thing" and try to get into the emergency management area.

    As far as working for FEMA, a lot of us got DAE application packets sent to our homes, which did me no good in Louisiana. Then we got it worked out that some were sent to the JFO in baton rouge.

    Either way, I along with several other people i worked with, sent in their applications but none of us have heard anything at all.

    I wen't back to working for my Uncle, and things are beginning to work themselves out, i was just curious how many of us have hit some speed bumps with looking for a job.
    Doug Velting Jr
    President Cassville Volunteer Fire Co
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    Default Fema Jobs

    Yeah, they are just temporary through the year, but I guess that sometimes they will be call on other times of the year if there is a serious disaster that happens that requires them to attend during the other time of the year.
    Firefighters are beneficial to every community with the wealth of information they have!

    They don't get enough praise, for the information and skills they know! It could save your life one day!!!!!

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