PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL MESSAGE. IT IS AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED.

I’m a career government employee — over 20 years of service spread over almost 30 years. (Obviously, there were breaks in service.) I started my career as a GS-4 supply clerk in Frankfurt, Germany, back when there were two Germanys, and worked in the Abrams building, going up and down the Paternosters. I’m now a GS-14 working in a job that has its good days and its bad days, just like any other job.

One thing I’ve always done through the years is apply for other Federal opportunities. Now, I want to share my experience in the government job market. I’m not here to slam OPM, others have done that pretty well. But I am going to share my frustrations, incredulity, skepticism, long-suffering, indignant feelings with you.

Gentle readers, join with me in reviewing the latest “Notice of Results” I received. Presented to you as it was sent to me, with some of the PII removed, line breaks exactly as it was received. I don’t know which agency this job is with, I don’t keep all the job announcements. I don’t know what my rating of “ILNR” means, I don’t know where to look it up. And I do know that there is no such word as “amoung,” at least not in my dictionary.

N O T I C E O F R E S U L T S

VHA CBO WFM HR OFFICE

CBO — WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT

TOWNSITE PLAZA II

120 SE 6TH ST – SUITE 102

TOPEKA KS 66603

XXXXXXXX JXXXXXX,

Date Issued: November 9, 2011

Social Security Number: XXX-XX-XXXX

Eligibility Expires: 11/07/2011

Phone:

This is a record of your application for Federal Employment in the occupation shown above. This is not a job offer. This notice

provides information contained in your record as it appears in the files of the Servicing Office shown above. Your qualification and any

veteran preference claims are subject to verification.

Series – PositionTitle: 0343 – Supervisory Program Analyst

Vacancy ID: 534070

Announcement Number: OY534070KAA

Date of Availability: 10/24/2011

Full-time Employment: Yes

Part-time Employment:

Temporary Employment:

Travel Availability:

Geographic Availability:

Orlando, FL

Atlanta, GA

Veteran Preference: 0 Points – NV (not adjudicated)

You must meet all medical, suitability, and qualification requirements to be considered for a position.

Spec Code: Spec Title: Grade: Rating:

001 Supervisory Program Analyst 14 ILNR

Rating Code: Rating Message:

ILNR We have reviewed your application and found you qualified for this position. However, you were not

amoung

the most highly qualified candidates. Therefore, your name will not be referred to the selecting offical at

this

time. If we receive a request for additional candidates within the next 90 days, your application will

again be

reviewed for possible referral.

PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL MESSAGE. IT IS AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED.

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

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Profile Photo Jeff Ribeira

Thanks for sharing that Melissa. I too have been the recipient of the dreaded auto-reply message, depersonalized to the point of near incomprehension. Definitely a bit frustrating. I understand they probably get a ridiculous amount of applications for each posting, and some form of automation is necessary, but I just have to believe that there’s a better way of communicating an applicant’s status than what they currently send out. I’d like to see someone attempt to create an alternative, better crafted option. Couldn’t be too difficult, could it? Any takers?

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Profile Photo Joe Flood

I’ve experienced these same kinds of emails. Why can’t they have a human write them? Surely they have carbon-based life forms at OPM. The email could still be an auto-reply but something clearer, with an explanation of the process and the acronyms plus a link for more information on HR categories. For example, how can you be “best qualified” but be one of several people and not get interviewed? Or what about the “announcement cancelled notice” – what does that mean? Why did they cancel it? This seems to be something that only happens in government. Between USAJOBS and their opaque and confusing process, it’s really intolerable.

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Profile Photo Melissa Johnson

We all know how to create a simple mail merge with Word….how easy would it be to make this email comprehensible, even when sending out hundreds of replies. And really, are there hundreds of applicants for all the jobs? Is there anywhere to find metrics? The Army “Answer” site shows you how many people applied for positions.

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Profile Photo Carol Davison

Many, many things happen in life, family, church, and government that I don’t understand. Because I am a very busy person, the only thing I want to hear regarding an application is “Can you come in for an interview….?” Otherwise I ignore these messages.

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Susan Thomas

@Joe, Recruitments can go sideways for many reasons. Management might cancel a vacancy because of budgetary issues. It’s possible the cadre of applicants did not appeal to management and that management chose to readvertise the position. Whatever occurs, applicants deserve to know the status of their applications timely. The process has improved with automation but it has not advanced to where it should be.

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a

OPM sends partial SSNs through email, which is not secure, even after news of their huge security breach. What a joke.

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Dan

My guess is that it’s a form of Non-Recommendation (the NR part of ILNR)… I got one too that also said my name won’t be referred.

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