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Select Rejection Letters: Fall/Winter 2011

This is self-explanatory. The following are a sample of rejection letters emailed to me from federal agencies:

● The following are a few letters for this one vacancy:

09/29/2011: Thank you for submitting an application for the position of Attorney Advisor, vacancy announcement number ATTY-WTB-2011-0004.  Your name was referred to the selecting official for consideration; however, another applicant was selected for the position.

We appreciate your interest and hope you will continue to apply for future vacancies.

Sincerely,

Dionne Butler

BUT WHAT, WE MAY STILL HIRE YOU, OR SOMEONE ELSE…:

10/03/2011: Please disregard the Status of Application Letter, dated September, 29, 2011, for the position of the Attorney Advisor, Vacancy Announcement Number: ATTY-WTB-2011-0004.  The Selecting Official has determined an extension for considering applicants for Vacancy Announcement Number: ATTY-WTB-2011-0004.

We appreciate your interest and hope you will continue to apply for future vacancies.

Sincerely,

OK JUST KIDDING, WE WON’T HIRE YOU:

01/31/2012: Thank you for submitting an application for the position of Attorney Advisor, vacancy announcement number ATTY-WTB-2011-0004.  Your name was referred to the selecting official for consideration; however, another applicant was selected for the position.

We appreciate your interest and hope you will continue to apply for future vacancies.

Sincerely,

Dionne Butler

11/07/2011:

united states of america

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH REVIEW COMMISSION

One LafayetteCentre

1120 20th Street, NW – Ninth Floor

Washington,DC 20036-3457

 November 7, 2011

 [NAME AND ADDRESS DELETED]

RE: Attorney Advisor GS-0905-11/12/13/14                                                                                                                                                                                           Vacancy Announcement OS-2011-03

 Dear Ms. [                         ]:

The purpose of this letter is to thank you for your interest in our Attorney Advisor position.  We appreciate your taking the time out of your busy schedule to submit an application with us.  Although, your application was forwarded to the selecting official for consideration another applicant was selected for the position.

 Again, thank you for your interest in joining the staff of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.  We wish you the best of luck in the future.

 Sincerely,

 Linda M. Beard

Linda M. Beard
Human Resources Specialist

 I WAS QUALIFIED FOR EACH GRADE, AND THEY LET ME KNOW I WAS REJECTED FOR EACH GRADE-FROM TOP TO BOTTOM

 08/24/2011:

DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR   
BUR OF OCEAN ENERGY MGT   
DIVISION OF HUMAN RESOURCES   
381 ELDEN STREET   
MS 2400   
HERNDON VA  20170   
August 24, 2011   
 
    This refers to the application you recently submitted to this office for the position below:   

Position Title:      Attorney-Adviser (General) GS-0905-11/12/13/14   
Pay Plan/ Series/Grade:      GS-0905-11/14   
Vacancy ID:      481224   
Announcement Number:      OS-DA-11-MM481224   
Hiring Office:      Office of the Secretary   

    Results regarding your recent referral to the Hiring Official are as follows:   

    Referral Type:      Non-Traditional   
    Appointment Type:      Term   
    Specialty / Grade:      0905 – 14   
    Promotion Potential:      14   
    Locations:      1440 – Alexandria, Arlington & Falls , VA   

    You were rated among the best qualified group of candidates and your name was referred to the selecting official for further review.  However, another candidate has been selected for this position.     

    Your application will be retained as part of the official records and will not be referred to other vacancy announcements.   
    Audit Code   
    NS   
    Code Definition   
    Not Selected   
    Code Explanation   

    The selecting office has indicated that you were not selected for the position.   
    Thank you for your interest in employment with our agency.   
    PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS MESSAGE.  IT WAS GENERATED AUTOMATICALLY.   

 ●    08/24/2011:

  DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR    
  BUR OF OCEAN ENERGY MGT    
  DIVISION OF HUMAN RESOURCES    
  381 ELDEN STREET    
  MS 2400    
  HERNDON VA  20170    
  August 24, 2011   

    This refers to the application you recently submitted to this office for the position below:   

    Position Title: Attorney-Adviser (General) GS-0905-11/12/13/14   

    Pay Plan/ Series/Grade:      GS-0905-11/14   
    Vacancy ID:      481224   
    Announcement Number:      OS-DA-11-MM481224   
    Hiring Office:      Office of the Secretary   

    Results regarding your recent referral to the Hiring Official are as follows:   

    Referral Type:      Non-Traditional   

    Appointment Type:      Term   
    Specialty / Grade:      0905 – 13   
    Promotion Potential:      14   
    Locations:      1440 – Alexandria, Arlington & Falls , VA   

    You were rated among the best qualified group of candidates and your name was referred to the selecting official for further    

    review.  However, another candidate has been selected for this position.   

    Your application will be retained as part of the official records and will not be referred to other vacancy announcements.   

    Audit Code   
    NS   
    Code Definition   
    Not Selected   
    Code Explanation   

    The selecting office has indicated that you were not selected for the position.   

    Thank you for your interest in employment with our agency.   

    PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS MESSAGE.  IT WAS GENERATED AUTOMATICALLY.   

    For additional information, please refer to the vacancy announcement for this position. 

  

08/24/2011: This refers to the application you recently submitted to this office for the position below:   

    Position Title:      Attorney-Adviser (General) GS-0905-11/12/13/14   

    Pay Plan/ Series/Grade:      GS-0905-11/14   
    Vacancy ID:      481224   
    Announcement Number:      OS-DA-11-MM481224   
    Hiring Office:      Office of the Secretary   

    Results regarding your recent referral to the Hiring Official are as follows:   

    Referral Type:      Non-Traditional   
    Appointment Type:      Term   
    Specialty / Grade:      0905 – 12   
    Promotion Potential:      14   
    Locations:      1440 – Alexandria, Arlington & Falls , VA   

    You were rated among the best qualified group of candidates and your name was referred to the selecting official for further review.  However, another candidate has been selected for this position.        

    Your application will be retained as part of the official records and will not be referred to other vacancy announcements.   

    Audit Code   
    NS   
    Code Definition   
    Not Selected   
    Code Explanation   

    The selecting office has indicated that you were not selected for the position.   
    Thank you for your interest in employment with our agency.   
    PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS MESSAGE.  IT WAS GENERATED AUTOMATICALLY.  

 

08/24/2011:

 DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR   
 BUR OF OCEAN ENERGY MGT   
 DIVISION OF HUMAN RESOURCES   
 381 ELDEN STREET   
 MS 2400   
 HERNDON VA  20170   

August 24, 2011     

    This refers to the application you recently submitted to this office for the position below:   

    Position Title:      Attorney-Adviser (General) GS-0905-11/12/13/14   

    Pay Plan/ Series/Grade:      GS-0905-11/14   
    Vacancy ID:      481224   
    Announcement Number:      OS-DA-11-MM481224   
    Hiring Office:      Office of the Secretary   

    Results regarding your recent referral to the Hiring Official are as follows:   

    Referral Type:      Non-Traditional   
    Appointment Type:      Term   

    Specialty / Grade:      0905 – 11   
    Promotion Potential:      14   
    Locations:      1440 – Alexandria, Arlington & Falls , VA   

    You were rated among the best qualified group of candidates and your name was referred to the selecting official for further review.  However, another candidate has been selected for this position.         

    Your application will be retained as part of the official records and will not be referred to other vacancy announcements.   

    Audit Code   
    NS   
    Code Definition   
    Not Selected   
    Code Explanation   

    The selecting office has indicated that you were not selected for the position.   

    Thank you for your interest in employment with our agency.   

    PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS MESSAGE.  IT WAS GENERATED AUTOMATICALLY.   

    For additional information, please refer to the vacancy announcement for this position.   

 

The Current Recession: Newsweek: The Race Gap in the Economic Recovery

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On June 15, 2010, I posted concerning continuous coverage of U.S. Black unemployment across all sectors. [See June 15, 2010: 

Unemployment Programs; Black Unemployment… «].  Here, the Economic Policy Institute provided statistics on black unemployment.  On June 18, 2010, Newsweek referencesInstitute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP): A Research Institute of the Heller School which conducted its own numerical study regarding wealth gap that Blacks and Hispanics confront with regards to the general economy.

Although it may be argued that these blogs are always attacking statistics of law schools and their alumn employment rates; these polls and statistics are different. One they involved different institutes and federal government agencies analyzing the financial data with personal/identifying information that must be including when filing for unemployment benefits. These institutes and agencies have no apparent financial benefit by boosting the numbers, it actually makes America and the system by which it operates by look pretty awful.

The gap between the accumulated wealth of white and black Americans (excluding home equity) stood at $20,000 in 1984; by 2007 it had grown to $95,000. “The growth of the racial wealth gap significantly affects the economic future of American families.  For example, the racial wealth gap in 1984 amounted to  less  than  three  years  tuition  payment  for  one  child  at  a  public  university.  By 2007, the dollar amount of the gap is enough to pay full tuition at a four year public university for two children, plus tuition at a public medical school,” the researchers wrote.

For Shapiro, such findings raise the question of whether America’s racial progress will collapse under the weight of financial insecurity.  It also makes him question whether public policy has been effectively employed.  In the aftermath of Katrina, he argues, there was an opportunity to undo the effect of generations of extreme residential segregation.  That opportunity, he says, was lost, as New Orleans recreated the segregation the hurricane had destroyed.  Now, he believes, we have another opportunity: to use tax and fiscal policy to create a more egalitarian society.” [emphasis mine] Umm I think we can conclude by various empirical evidence that it already has.

“The wrinkle, I point out, during our conversation, is that many Americans don’t see economic egalitarianism as a particular priority—or even as a desirable goal.At a time when so many are struggling, the idea of targeting minorities for special help seems a difficult notion to sell.” I’ll just insert a quote from John Howard Griffin’s book Black Like Me (p.44) : They put us low, and then blame us for being down there and say that since we are low, we can’t deserve our rights.”

You mean the average American citizen does not believe in equality or being treated fairly–doesn’t surprise me at all. Why does it have to be special help, just provide retroactive compensation for damages to those affected by discriminatory practices and ensure objective regulatory agencies that have experience and foresight in monitoring these occurrences. That’s the problem, the system creates the circumstances which causes certain target populations to be in situations that somehow have to be “resolved” instead of prevention or actual enforcement of laws that would protect them and treat them like the American they are. Instead, certain persons desire to carve out ‘special’ programs which implies these populations are defective and generally are unable to thrive, providing imagery to broader civic society that these populations are ‘a problem.’ Sounds like a set up. No, change the environment of racism by enforcement of the laws and you wouldn’t need special programs. It’ll probably save taxpayers money too.

With higher rates of undergraduate education, continued discrimination in both employment and lending practices, it makes sense for Black Americans to not attend law school. You’re worthy enough to contract debt such as mortgages with subprime rates though you had equal or better credit than your white counterpart (yes, there are published studies from the Federal Reserve and OPI regarding the mortgages issued to blacks, whites and hispanics stemming from the 1990’s which evidences this) for homes built with cheap Chinese materials,* and student loans for an education that gets you a door slammed in the face, but as far as the system is concerned you are not worthy to be treated equitably. I will provide an altered quote (my alteration in yellow) from John Howard Griffin’s book again:

 We’ll do business with you people. We’ll sure as hell screw your people over in nearly every facet of your life so you will not be able to achieve the American dream. Other than that, you’re just completely off the record as far as we’re concerned.

I could care less if someone called me bitter, walk a mile in someone else’s shoes before you spew names. Though a great sense of pride existed when teaching a Black man, woman, child how to read, and finally gaining access to institutions of learning, a shadow system was prepared to knocked down any progress that minorities built. It’s a disgrace.

*most new homes were built with these construction materials, though my primary point was regarding criminal lending practices.

Los Angeles Times: California unemployment rate holds steady at 12.5% (and attorneys are feeling it)

California unemployment rate holds steady at 12.5%

The economy may be leveling off, although job prospects in professional fields still appear bleak.

LABOR

March 27, 2010|By Marc Lifsher

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/mar/27/business/la-fi-cal-jobs27-2010mar27

Quote from a newspaper article: ” Though small, the professional sector — which includes lawyers, accountants, architects and economists — has been pummeled by the recession, more than in any other recent downturn.”

Did we really need a newspaper article to tell us this? Either you or a family member is living through this, though this article is specific to California. I will say this, as California’s current 12+% unemployment is one of the highest, and black unemployment across the sectors (including professionals) is at 15%, means California is not a good place for a minority to seek new opportunities or advance their careers.

Anyway, I find it interesting that most of the media outlets tend to focus on new graduates, new graduates gripe about competing against those with a decade of experience but no one seems to pay attention to those in between. You know the ones who aren’t elderly, have less than 15 years of experience but aren’t new to the meat market. These are the ones who have a harder time playing catch up because they are ALREADY expected to have gain some experience regardless of the market, tier of law school they attended or just facing the harsh reality of the legal industry.

“The latest recession differs from downturns in the early 1980s and 1990s because it “hits across sectors and across occupations,” said employment lawyer Michael Bernick at Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold in San Francisco. Then the article gets embolden by stating that the job market is improving as the economy does, how is this so when this is considered a “jobless recovery.” Logic please.

Here it is: “I don’t know of any law firm that is hiring people who don’t bring new business with them,” said Bernick, a former state employment agency director.” So the person likely to have a “book” of business that will advance a current firm’s portfolio are those with 20 years experience. Not those still building or attempting to gain any experience, this we already know, yet people STILL are attending law school in droves.

Prospects are even tougher for newly minted lawyers, said Darry Sragow, managing partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Los Angeles. “We don’t hire people straight out of school,” he said.” Ahh the focus on new attorneys, what about the rest of us? It’s either poor newbie or poor IVY Leaguer. ‘All I want to say is that they don’t really care about us.’