I got my first Federal job after I had been working for Newport News Shipyard, in VA, (a government contractor) for a few years. I was looking to relocate to CA and found that Mare Island Naval Shipyard, north of San Francisco, was hiring so I filled out the SF-171 and mailed it in. (Yes, in those days you filled it out long-hand and snail-mailed them in) In a few weeks I received a notice back that I qualified for the position and was being considered. In a few more weeks I was called for a phone interview and received a call a week later informing me that I had the position if I wanted it (which I accepted). They paid for my move (which was nice) and I started about a month later. The position was an Electronics/Electrical Designer for Los Angeles Class Submarine overhauls….and the job I was leaving was Electronics/Electrical Designer for Los Angeles Class Submarine new construction. It was a great fit!
I worked at Mare Island Shipyard for 10 years; 7 as a Designer and 3 as the Hazardous Waste Manager (re-hired & re-trained after a RIF). I found another job working for the Air Force when Mare Island went on the BRAC list in 1994. The job was originally offered to a friend but she had just accepted another job and she referred them to me….I sent them my info, they offered and I accepted. Again, it was a perfect fit and I’ve been here ever since!
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