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  • VidaG
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    Anyone got any insight on NDIL or NDIN (northern district of Illinois - Chicago) or (northern district of Indiana - Hammond).

    Chicago has that new office built. New Chief from Kentucky, Holmes... Any insight on how they roll and the atmosphere there or across the street at pretrial would be appreciated on the culture of the office, leadership, type of new hires they usually have recruited recently, social work/LE orientation, carry in office/field, FLETC training spots, dedicated car or shared gov car, how is fieldwork conducted, telework, upward mobility, training opportunities within district and out of district, the judges, etc?

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  • teamhoyt
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    I don't recall the specifics, but it was essentially a thorough occupational physical - bloodwork, vision, lung capacity, heart rate, etc... I had mine done at a rundown inner-city occupational clinic close to home with an OPM-approved practitioner that my district arranged. I don't remember actually meeting a doctor though... Not to say I didn't, but I do remember being caught off guard by how closely it resembled every other pre-employment physical I've been through

  • COPO85
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    What's the medical exam process like? Curious? Do you take it at some Federal doctor office?

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  • COPO85
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    What's the medical exam process like? Curious? Do you take it at some Federal doctor office?

  • 18usc3583
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    Thank you for the reply. Is there anything particular about CA/S that makes it that undesirable? Any info is helpful!

  • scotty_appleton814
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    Originally posted by Balco42 View Post

    After thinking on it for a few days and getting a lot of feedback from others, I did accept the offer. I'm moving into the medical process now.
    Good to hear.... congrats buddy.

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  • Balco42
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    Originally posted by scotty_appleton814 View Post

    Did you take the job or stay where you were?
    After thinking on it for a few days and getting a lot of feedback from others, I did accept the offer. I'm moving into the medical process now.

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  • scotty_appleton814
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    Originally posted by Balco42 View Post
    I was offered a position as a U.S. Probation Officer with my local district today. I’ve been applying to these jobs for quite some time so I’m very excited at the opportunity. With that being said, I’m conflicted because I was offered a lower grade while in a provisional status which is about $10,000 less than my current salary at the county level.

    I have decided to carefully consider my decision before accepting the offer. Does anyone have advice to offer that might be helpful in making this decision?
    Did you take the job or stay where you were?

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  • Nola504
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    You will be begging to get out of that district within two years. Do not let the location fool you.

  • Nola504
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    You will be asking for a transfer out that district within two years....

  • Jwebb514
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    I just applied to a vacancy in the Southern District of Ohio. Anyone have any info on this district?

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  • brownj21
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    I agree with teamhoyt

  • teamhoyt
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    Per the usual, it depends on the district. Government positions that may have been considered lucrative in previous times become more attainable in a strong economy like what we've had in recent years. In some districts, government jobs aren't/weren't lucrative at all -- cost of living, competitive local and state salaries/benefits, etc...

    I recently met a 24-year-old USPO who completed a USPO internship during her graduate program and then spent one year as a social worker before being hired. On a national level, I have observed that a positive internship with Fed Probation translates to a very employable applicant.

  • Deadpker
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    How many years of prior experience are generally required to be competitive for a Federal PO job? I interned one year for Federal Probation and I am currently doing an 8 month Assistant PO Program through a local county (this is not a permanent job, it's only for 8 months).

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  • holycrikey
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    I'll add one more comment. I too had to take a pay cut when starting with the feds and it was rough for the first 12 months. No lie. 5 years later though, I'm easily ahead about 25k from what I could have been making with the state job. The state had no pay increase unless you were promoted to management. The feds give a default 2 steps every 6 months while you're in developmental. Quality of life is on a totally different level too. I'd never go back to my old job even if they could offer the pay of the state. The fed system is where it's at. At least for my area.

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