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Russ Chesebro

Oct 13, 2011, 10:26:09 PM10/13/11
Dear Joe and CHLUG group,

     Thanks for the posting on the job openings.  I joined the group a couple of years ago and spoke at a meeting when I was in a position to hire personnel.  That company did not fare well in the recession and now only has one employee.  But, I was able to get a very good software job with the federal government and have been very happy there.  I have a friend who is a retired government human resources manager and he guided me through the process. 

     I am more than willing to share what I learned to anyone who would like the information.  Getting a federal job takes a bit of work, and time so you have to be prepared for the long haul.  From starting the process to getting hired it took 18 me months.  So, please feel free to contact me and I will gladly share all the ins and outs of the federal job search experience.

Best regards,

Russ Chesebro

Hey gang,

Since this is a pretty technically-minded group, I thought there might be some folks on this list who would be good candidates for some job openings we have at my company, or perhaps know people who would be a good fit. Position descriptions are here:

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Gerald D. Neale

Oct 14, 2011, 11:17:12 AM10/14/11
WHere are you based? DC? DO you think there are Federal jobs where IT meets Health Care? What are the things about Federal IT job that make you happy? Stability versus private? Is your work put into public domain or open sourced in any way?

Thanks for chiming in,

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Subject: [CHLUG] Thanks Joe

Oct 14, 2011, 3:10:13 PM10/14/11
Dear Jerry,

     It is good to hear from you. I am in Philly with the DoD but started in DC with the IRS.  The best thing about working for the government is the union protection of the employees. Without having to worry about some a**hole boss trying to fire me for stupid reasons I am free to really work and excel in my work.    

     I am in a job series called IT Specialist. Within that series there are a lot of parenthetical jobs, IT Specialist (Customer Support), IT Specialist (Application Software), IT Specialist (Networks) etc., so there is a lot of flexibility in moving around to move up the pay scale.  

     The IT folks I worked with at the IRS are some of the most competent and professional people I have ever worked with. With the DoD most people will cover your back and it is a close knit group.  My programming code is owned by the government but they do have open source groups within each branch.  Right now I am performing oversight on software contracts to ensure the DoD gets what they pay for from the contractors.  I get to work on some pretty high speed stuff, the AEGIS Missile, flight simulators, communications equipment for the space station.  It is fun. 


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