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I, civil servant II

Although I don’t think I had mentioned it, but can’t remember (which shows what comes of leaving your blog alone for too long), I had been for some time looking for a new posting in the State service. To my enjoyment, last Thursday it came true.

I am now posted to the Health Department as an engineer, environmental. This difference is quite significant for me, as the old one (civil) wasn’t what I went to school for and made me feel out of place.1

In this case, good things did come to those who waited, since I was passed over for one position further north, but made a good enough impression to be recommended by those interviewers for a new position open closer to where I was working already. An interview and some paper shuffling on their part and I was offered the position!

Now I get to go through another year long probational period, but all told I think it will be a nice one. I no longer have a half-office but a full cubicle in the back of the back of a building that houses another State function. Not bad, only there is no way to open the windows and get fresh air, but I can survive I think (:

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  1. Note that my co workers and supervision did not contribute to this problem, only the my self. 

Civil Service update

I know this blog is sort of fractured between posting strange things and personal updates. No longer having access to my grand mother’s attique I have less to do with the former now and more of the latter. Of course my cycens are gone, so that removes that source of blog fodder.

I have it in words, though not writing that I have been hired by the State to be an engineer. Come next week I will report and have work to do and be able to sign papers (I9 and W4). After about 2 years of trying to get to this stage, I’m happy.

As a side note, I will try and keep blogging and noting things that happen (if I can talk about them without violating state policy or confidentiality), but I may be too tired after work to do so. We shall see.

Maybe, just maybe…

…I’ll get a job this time.

I received notice this week (while on vacation, hence the lack of blog posts here) that I was the recommended candidate for a certain position in the state service. Now I have to get fingerprinted [!] because of the kind of work that is involved. Not wanting to waste time, as soon as I discovered the Email from the state’s HR office I set up an appointment to get ‘printed tomorrow, which I will attend to in the after noon.

This is actually the second time I’ve done this. The first time was in the conference room to a notorious “state hospital” (that is, psychiatric hospital) that had hideous 1930s/1940s interior design. If nothing else I got to say I had been inside of one.

The downside is that, if I get the position, it will be far away and I’ll have to move. Pout. Frown. I’ll still take it and be happy. I’ve never gotten this far post-interview with any CS positions.

New post time!

I had not realized how long since my last post here: almost a month! Unfortunately I haven’t any new ephemera or bad interfaces to share right now. I do have some news on my personal life, if that is of interest to anyone:

Interviews aplenty. I had one yesterday at one end of the state (about 2 hours drive each way) and now on Friday have three at the other end of the state (about 3 hours drive each way). Additionally I just set up another one locally that I’ll have on next Tuesday.

My societal life continues to be really nothing. I’m waiting for work that I can then meet people at and be away from home for. Currently it is hard to justify going out for no reason, and not to meet anyone specifically.

The chickens are still alive despite the fox. I would let it eat the useless Cocks, but that would be too harsh on the chickens and probably is improper anyway.

I am still tired from that big trip yesterday. I slept heavily at night and into the morning and now am still tired. Unfortunately it is that tiredness that is hard to work with. I am mentally awake but physically tired, so I want to do something but can’t physically keep at anything.

I have to mail a water bill later today and also pick up some pills at the pharmacy. Yey for variety.

It is hot here. So much so, the ayr conditioning is on. It’s not that hot yet, but it will be later in the day, if the Weather Svc is correct. Heat makes me think of Thermo. Of course there are examples a plenty in the warm and hot atmosphere, but it almost seems like everything has been found out that can be there. Of course there are still researches to be done, but they, I feel, would be more esoterical. We already know about our gross phenomena. Someone like Carnotcycle could of course prove me wrong somehow, if he chose to.

You can tell I’m tired since I am rambling so much. I will post this and retire to my couch to sleep and/or read light matter from Gutenberg.

Cycen news

It is warm here, but not too hot fortunately. There is a breeze going.

There hasn’t been much rain, so the Yard is dry and where they have scratched it up, a cracked ground. They have been dusting in a couple of holes there. It’s better than a mud puddle I suppose.

I should explain, the yard has a huge Maple Tree in it that covers almost all of the ground with its commodious Shade in the day. Unfortunately it is also butt up against a lean to shed that it is slowly pushing the roof off of. The tree is too good to lose, so the shed will have to be removed some time. I might try and do it this summer or fall, but the matter inside it will have to be removed to another place.

Honestly there is so much old matter here that it would be enough to give a minor display room at the Smithsonian or a place like that. There are so many articles of old farming and washing here like that. Unfortunately they are just crammed into a small space where no one can get at them or use them or see them really. I hope they aren’t decaying to the point of no use.

The three Cocks are at it againe. The top Cock (the big black Jersey Giant) used to ignore the Faverol, but now runs it off. Likewise it is still hostile to the Dorking. Last night I wanted them in early, but had to chase the notorious Dorking around and around until eventually it went into the partially opened pop hole and I could close it for the night.

Tomorrow I have to go into the citte. If nothing else it will get me out of the house before next week, when I have a job Interview with the Civil Service (another one).

How to tell a British company when you see one

I was applying for a position (in the United States) at the firm GSK (alias GlaxoSmithKline) and was presented with this option to select my “prefix”:


I have filled out more of these forms than I can tell you, probably a easy hundred, but I have never otherwise seen options for “Lady” and “Lord”. Why did they feel the need to include these? Do they regularly recruit tituled nobility? If so, do they really have to go through the same HR software/ATS that commoners like me do?

If so, HAH!

More diversity form nonsense

While applying for a position at Fenwal, I was presented with the typical EEO form to fill out:


As I have shown, it is bizarrely possible to declare yourself both Hispanic and non-Hispanic at the same time. Shades of the radio button confusion of PSEG. Also, for some reason, the Hispanic/Latino question is a subheading under gender. Why?

Checkbox v. dropdown

When I was applying for a position at, if I remember correctly, PSEG, I had to fill out a diversity form or two or three. I don’t have a problem with that.

I did notice this UI confusion though:


Clearly that is a drop down menu. However I would note that check boxes would actually be improper here, since the options are mutually exclusive (check one). However, if they said “click on of the radio buttons” they would be probably confusing people who don’t know UI designers jargon.

Interviewing at the Civil Service 3×

As mentioned in my post Interviewing for the CS, I had some interviews to participate in Thursday and Friday of last week. Without spilling any confidencial beans I will summarize the high points:

Interview #1

The first interview was with the state’s general construction office. The generic “physical plant” of the state if you will. Getting there was an adventure and a half. I took a long long trip on a winding state route to within maybe 25 miles of the place, and then promptly got lost because the villainous county government refuses to put up road signs at intersections, or anywhere else for that matter.

Finally I got to the right place and found out that it was… a prison! I went to one building and was met by a prison guard/corrections officer who told me I was at the wrong building. I went to the other one and went to the front desk. They were completely confused as to why I was there (although they did like to see my drivers license which was a new type) but eventually found out that I wanted the STATE general office, not the prison’s. I was directed to a dippy little trailer nearby where I met my interviewers, about 20 minutes after I was supposed to be there. LAME.

The interview went well despite my lateness. I had some experience that they liked and went through the position and the usual “HR questions”.

Interview #2

After leaving the prison I took about a 2 hour drive up to the state capital where I then checked in to my hotel and went out to dinner. The diner (A Denny’s) was a nice place and I liked the food. I was in a booth right next to the path to the restrooms, so I got to see people come and go as I ate. There was a ton of ice cream.

Back at the hotel it took a while but I went to sleep finally. I woke up wayy too early, but instead of being able to sleep again, I went out and ate breakfast (free). Returning to my room I dressed for the interview at 9 AM and checked out. The hotel was literally right next to where I was interviewing; they shared a parking lot!

I went into the office building and checked in with Security. They were nice. I couple of lawyers from the Attorney General showed up for a conference and started to gossip so I walked away and started to examine a display on guardrails (It was the DOT’s office building). Eventually a few minutes later my interviewer met me and we went up to the conference room. He had those weird eyeglasses that separate in the middle.

Interview went well, they seemed to like what they heard and I was interested in the position. After that we had a little chase around to find the person from HR who had to administer a post-interview interview. Finally we met, had the meeting and then I left.

Interview #3

Now I had to take a very tiresome drive back the exact way I came to go to the third interview, which was also in the Transportation Department. The office building was obvious built in the 60s or 70s because of the look of it. Anyway I got there about an hour and a half early and got advice from the tubby security person on duty about a nearby diner. I went there (After going around the block a couple of times because of the strange traffic pattern) and ate a huge sandwich that I barely finished. Next time hold the fries, because I didn’t have room for them. There were two political partisans behind me getting angry at the news.

Returned to the office building and met with a person (Nettie I think) from HR who took my paperwork and took copies of my instruments of qualification. She had to replace a huge black toner cartridge in the copy machine but then left it for another one that already worked. The hallways were narrow and dark.

After that run around I met my three interviewers who then talked about their divisions and what they did, and what I would be doing in them. Also I had to answer some more HR questions.

Finally I left at the end of the interview and turned my visitor card in. I took the back roads through town to get homeward and went through the Jewish section. I have not seen so much Hebrew writing before. It was mostly deserted, but the writing was there.

Anyway, I eventually got back home after maybe 4 or 5 hours of driving. Highly tiresome, so I slept most of the next day (yesterday). I am hoping for a position closer to home, but if I am offered one of those, I won’t say no most likely.