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  • I was talking with an HSI Agent last week and he said they’re no longer forcing people to the border. Apparently, now they ask for volunteers to TDY in 45-day increments, which works out great for both sides. Not sure if this was mentioned previously as I don’t follow this thread closely, but just wanted to pass along info for those of you dreading the border.

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    • I’m not begging you to reapply. If you feel defeated, don’t apply. But this is common for so many applicants. It took me 3 years from application to phone call, so you’re not alone.

      I can only speak for my office here, but we selected the candidates we wanted for the DHA. A LOT failed the tests at some point or another, leaving a lot of spots unfilled. HQ sent us a list of candidates previously selected by other offices but ended up not selecting them for final hire. We scrubbed the resumes and ended up selecting another 6 people. A lot of applicants wouldn’t come to our AOR, or put on their resume they were only willing to accept certain states and we automatically cut many of them. My best recommendation is make your resume stand out. Clearly describe what you’ve done, accomplished, why you stand out, etc. I read a lot of resumes that I stopped reading after the first or second page, either terrible grammar errors, spelling or no articulation of why we should pick them. I read others that were fantastic and reached out to them personally. It’s your responsibility to sell yourself, not mine.

      you’re competing against 10k other applicants (that number is not official) so you have to want this. Call recruiters, post on all these boards for any points of contact and email those people. Follow up, be extra polite/courteous...you may talk to an SA but you could also be talking to a DSAC and you won’t know...so decency will carry you.
      Last edited by ifineed2; 11-19-2019, 05:59 AM.

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      • battlewagon
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        Bold claims about sense and job opportunity for someone who doesn't know about the DH occuring through USAjobs and what AOR stands for lol.

      • quick_turn
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        fair comment battlewagon ... but determination, grit, and persistence count for something, right?

      • battlewagon
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        Yeah but the reality is once you get your assignment and you accept it, you're going to be there 7+ years most likely unless you are someone who will truly live anywhere and don't care. Even then it's likely 4-5.

        If DHS has the same program as DOJ where you get contracts and picks of location 3/4/5 years, yeah I'd concur with you that suck it up do three gain experience and bounce. But the reality with HSI is where you go first, you're going to be there a while. A long while. And most people aren't willing to make their family suffer in crap locations when there isn't a defined light at the end of the tunnel. Of course this advice doesn't even really apply to current applicants since they're the one getting the prime DH locations and the guys already in are the ones paying the price. But heed what I say when you accept that offer for whatever location.

      • quick_turn
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        That's a long term for a location, very good to know battlewagon. I wasn't thinking about the differences between DHS and DOJ. Thanks for this.

    • Does anyone have a tx for someone I can call to get an update on my medical? I don't have a number for them and the ones I do have and tried either get no response or they tell me it's the wrong department and they can't help. Thanks!

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      • The most recent word is a very early December posting that may also include a GS-11 rating for the first time in an entry-level announcement, which can help numb the pain for current 12s and 13s wanting to come over. 7/9/11 announcement. But if the 11 doesn't happen, count on the standard 7/9.

        That's all I have for information at this point in time, no need to message me for further info, I will post again when more comes out if someone in the know like ifineed2 doesn't post it.
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        • If you failed last exam, do you have to wait one year before applying and being eligible to take the test?

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          • Anyone have contact info for a recruiter at Miami Sac?

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            • Originally posted by CF24 View Post
              If you failed last exam, do you have to wait one year before applying and being eligible to take the test?
              If you failed the exam or writing sample you must wait 1 hear from the fail.

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              • AOR - area of responsibility meaning the office / sac you are responsible for.

                When I got hired I had the same mentality, I’d go anywhere. And I did. Did my time and transferred when I could. You want to get recognized for being a hard worker, quick learner and self-motivated. If someone is always holding your hand it’ll get around. I took time to make HSI contacts in every office I travelled to. Saved those names in my phone. Took time to save every person I was in fletc with and which offices they went to. As silly as it sounds, some will be leadership and some will be slugs. You’ll figure it out in fletc. Those people are great contacts to crutch on when you know you’re ready to move.

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              • Maybe this question is obvious. I’ve never been part of a direct hire announcement for any agency. Do you only get considered for the locations you put in for? Say, I put in for Nashville, I’m qualified, but Nashville knows who they want. Would I still be considered for other vacancies at other locations?

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                • Originally posted by cbp1363 View Post
                  Maybe this question is obvious. I’ve never been part of a direct hire announcement for any agency. Do you only get considered for the locations you put in for? Say, I put in for Nashville, I’m qualified, but Nashville knows who they want. Would I still be considered for other vacancies at other locations?
                  This last go round they put all of the candidates who were not selected in a pool, that pool was kept on the sidelines (for lack of better terminology), until an office needed a body to fill an opening. Then the resumes of those on the side were sent to the offices in need. So some offices picked up people they didn’t select originally.

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                  • Has anyone heard anything new about the next announcement? I know December 2nd has been mentioned by a few people, just wondering if this is still true.

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                  • Anyone have any info on if the previous announcement will still be picking people up? I passed everything from the last announcement but wasn't picked up by an office. I wanted to go to DC but I'm hearing more and more that's a tough spot to get to. I'm planning on throwing my hat in the ring for this new announcement but I'm curious if anything will come of the previous one.

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                    • Any update? Was advised possibly today

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                      • Delayed until December 9th.

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                        • aspiring_1811
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                          Do you have an approximate time it will drop?

                        • ifineed2
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                          Definitely didn’t tell us a time.

                      • Also told it was for college grads (Including those about to graduate within 9 months)

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                        • cmor5150
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                          Only college grads or both us citizens and college grads?

                        • camtheman77
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                          I mean im pretty sure they are all us citizen

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