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    Default 3000?

    I'm from the area and i heard a rumor that they were really only taking 1000 and not 3000. Not sure on the validity of it but just FYI


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    Quote Originally Posted by evanbell View Post
    I'm from the area and i heard a rumor that they were really only taking 1000 and not 3000. Not sure on the validity of it but just FYI
    i'm coming from NYC...so i guess i'm going to have to camp out.....to make sure i'm with in the 1,000 applications.....oh well...

    any hotels near the CONVENTION CENTER?

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    Renaissance and Grand Hyatt are both a block or two away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evanbell View Post
    Renaissance and Grand Hyatt are both a block or two away.
    thank you....

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    I called and asked. There is no limit to the applications that they are taking. If you are in line at the time where they take the(9-3), you will be fine. If there is still a line at 3:30 and you jump in, they will not accept it. So show up on time and you should be fine.

    There's a hostel about a block or two from the Convention Center. I'm actually considering that. It's only about $30. Not as nice as a hotel, but I fugure I'll only be in there for a small amount of time.

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    Is 10766 the Vacancy announcement number?
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by clark918 View Post
    I called and asked. There is no limit to the applications that they are taking. If you are in line at the time where they take the(9-3), you will be fine. If there is still a line at 3:30 and you jump in, they will not accept it. So show up on time and you should be fine.

    There's a hostel about a block or two from the Convention Center. I'm actually considering that. It's only about $30. Not as nice as a hotel, but I fugure I'll only be in there for a small amount of time.
    yeah i'm looking for a place to stay for a while i'm there....only for a day tho....i'm going to look into this hostel too....

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    Anyone getting "dressed up" to drop off the app, Im picturing this being a get in get out quick sort of deals but am not sure. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by RngrVnc33 View Post
    Anyone getting "dressed up" to drop off the app, Im picturing this being a get in get out quick sort of deals but am not sure. Thanks
    i'm not...your just handing in a application....

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    Quote Originally Posted by PropheticPoet83 View Post
    yeah i'm looking for a place to stay for a while i'm there....only for a day tho....i'm going to look into this hostel too....
    I'm staying at HI - Washington DC, USA. Try searching for that on google. It's only $29/night if you stay in a 10-person room. I've never stayed in one before, but I figure I'll only be in the room for a few hours of sleep it's no big deal. It's about two blocks from the Convention Center.

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    Clark918, you have a PM from me.

    Mack

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    Quote Originally Posted by cellarnozzle View Post
    Is 10766 the Vacancy announcement number?
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    That is correct. I confirmed this with Human Resources.

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    What time is everyone planning on showing up to get in line?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fannin View Post
    What time is everyone planning on showing up to get in line?
    I posted this earlier in the week but was still on "post review" so it got buried.
    So I thought I'd repost it. I'm not in your area at all but when I tested I learned this:

    In my experience there is no advantage to getting to the writen test site early. In fact it can be a major disadvantage. Most departments want as many applicants as possible and will not turn you away as long as show up before the time that they said they will no longer except applications. In bigger cities it is a major production that takes alot of time. It makes no sense to wait in line for 3 hours, be the first one in and have to wait another 2 hours while they sign in the other 3000 peolpe. Not to mention the half hour it takes them to get everybody to fill out their test form (and give instructions for the test). Then you have a 2-3 hour test to take. I did that my first year. I was totally focused and ready. By the time it was actually time to take the test, I was restless, starving and completly annoyed by the amount of time I had been there. Watching the few last people walk in (with the same focus and freshness I had 5 hours earlier) and wait less than one hour made me realize that my eagerness to get there early was no advantage at all. These last few times I made sure to get there no earlier than one hour. When I got the test I was ready to rock and roll. The results reflected the same.

    Just my take on the topic. Good Luck.

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    This is not for the written test, this is only to hand in the application. I will be arriving at the convention center around 2am most likely. Traveling down from PA with about 15 guys in tow.
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    I'll be there around 9pm Friday night

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    Is there really a point on showing up 12 hours early? When I called they said that it won't matter. You can show up at noon and still get your app in. I was thinking of going at like 7.

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    I'm just worried that if i do that they will still take it but not consider me. I've heard too many rumors and people in the area in local fire department say they were capping the applications accepted to take a chance. Why would they admit to a cap? If they did and people get down there and they don't take the apps then they could have a potential riot on their hands. Of course they'll say they are going to take them all.

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    Well I'm staying about two blocks away so I guess I'll just keep an eye on things. If a line starts to form then I'll jump in. Definitely don't want to ruin my chance when I'm making the trip from Milwaukee. I just don't think that they would straight up lie to me when I called though. He went over it quite a few times(the recruiter that I talked to) that I would be fine if I got in line at any point between the time limit. Like I said though, if I start to see people form a long line, I'm jumping in anyway.

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    This is how I am looking at it, if you get in line overnight you will wait for 6-10 hours. Now if you get in line at 9 when the doors open, I am sure you will wait almost the same amount of time due to everyone that was already in line going through the process. Either way, its going to be close if not the same amount of time.
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