Thursday, February 19, 2009

One step closer...

Well, I think I've finally done everything I can do to make this job go through. Now I just sit and wait for the background check to come back. They say that can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks. I guess that's good though if you're a parent - you wouldn't just want anyone working with your kids. So, for this job that pays about half of what I used to make doing fish surveys I had to:
-Go to HRO and pick up an application (you wouldn't want this to be too convenient and be able to do it online)

-Fill out the 8 page application. Most of this info is on my resume, but a resume isn't good enough and since there's no electronic copy it all has to be hand written. The HRO secretary then types it all in.

-Call Alachua County records and get a copy of my high school transcripts because my college transcripts or a copy of my diploma would not suffice (and since I had to get them mailed to me while we were waiting for them to arrive I had to go to the legal office and swear an affidavit that I had indeed graduated from high school)

-Get people to fill out references for me stating that they had no reason to believe that I was disloyal to the United States of America

-Interview for the job

-Go back to HRO and sign my rights away so they can do a background check

-Pick up pre-employment paperwork and fill out all 16 pages. This included listing everywhere we lived for the last 7 years, as well as contact info for people who knew us at each location (this was especially fun to come up with during the time Chris was pilot training). Also, my last 7 years of employment, including unemployed dates. Luckily Chris is allowed to vouch for me that I was in fact unemployed. And the toughest part was listing any foreign country I've been to in the last 7 years. We traveled a lot living in England so this was a doozie! I got my passport out, but my dates were a little funny.

-After filling these forms out at home I then had to go to HRO and type them into their computer.

-Pass a Food Handler's exam

-And finally, today I got fingerprinted!

I think it will all be worth it though and hope the background check comes back soon! Still keeping those fingers crossed.

5 comments:

Charity said...

Um... Wow. That's all I can say. That's a lot of work! You probably won't have to work that hard at the job you are interviewing for. :-)

Heather said...

Good. Lord.

I'm excited that you're excited for the job... but that list to get it... Yeah, I have a headache now. I can only imagine how you feel!

Mandy said...

I can't believe they put you through all that. I thought getting my US citizenship was bad enough at the time. After all what you have done nobody deserves the job more.

Very good luck.

Love Mandy
xxx

Sandy said...

You are incredible Amy. I probably would have given up with the process of getting that job at step number 1, haha. I really hope it turns out to be as amazing as it sounds. You're so happy and that's all that matters. Can't wait for you to start and tell me how it's going!!

Miss you...

Kristina Patten said...

You get back pay for all the work you did, just to get the job, right? Congratulations, I hope you get the job.

K.