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A lot of government agencies and departments do a type of recruitment for graduating seniors. If not, I would look directly on agency and departmental websites as well as those of cities, counties, states, etc. Networking is always a good road so if you know anyone who already works in the public sector, see if you can leverage that relationship to at least get an interview.
USAJobs is a piece of crap, btw, so don't even bother unless you're a veteran. I don't think anyone in the history of the world has landed a job through USAjobs.

I got my current gig through USA jobs. You have to apply through there to get anything. In some cases, they'll inform you the position is yours but you still have to submit an application through the website.
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Edited by merkur - 4/19/12 at 11:55pm
post #333 of 502
Is this thread still going?
post #334 of 502
do you have something you want to discuss?
post #335 of 502
yeah but i'm not certain what exactly i should post and what i shouldn't. i don't want to catch unnecessary beefs. if anyone here interviewed with MBB or has an MBB interview, send me a message.
post #336 of 502
I'm at MBB, what's up?
post #337 of 502
not much. had formal interview with an MBB a few months ago, informational ones with the other two. ended up taking a job at a tech company. figured i could pass on some things i learned to those even more naive than i.
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i'm interested.
post #339 of 502

Can any consultants here give insight into housing? I'm graduating and got a consulting job that's M-Thu at the client site, so I'm thinking of 1) living closer to the airport and 2) getting a cheaper apartment because I'll be gone approximately half the time. Is this a good idea?

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Can any consultants here give insight into housing? I'm graduating and got a consulting job that's M-Thu at the client site, so I'm thinking of 1) living closer to the airport and 2) getting a cheaper apartment because I'll be gone approximately half the time. Is this a good idea?

For me, those things were top considerations, but not necessarily mandatory. The wanting cheaper rent aspect took precedence over location to airport for me, as you'll end up resenting a fancy apartment once you realize you're only there 4 nights / 3 days a week. You want to strike a balance between living in a cheaper place that isn't a shithole, and living in a location that's convenient for your social life but not too far from the airport.

You'll probably end up cabbing it to the airport and expensing it, so as long as it doesn't take 30+ minutes to get there, I think you'll be fine. It's all a matter of how early you're willing to wake up before your flights, as you'll find yourself calculating the maximum number of hours and minutes you can sleep the night before your flight out.

Keep in mind that once you start traveling all the time, your social life takes a big hit. If you're moving to a new city, this is a smaller consideration, but you don't want to live somewhere that makes it hard to meet up with friends.

So, yes, try to find a cheaper apartment and you'll really be glad that you aren't spending an entire paycheck on rent (I have co-workers who do this).
post #341 of 502

Thanks for the quick response. I suppose the airport isn't a big of a concern as I thought it out to be if I can expense the cabs.

 

But I'm glad to hear that my reasoning for rent isn't completely off-base. I do have an area in mind that I think is cheaper relative to other areas and still fun to live in, so I'm going to see who wants to live there after graduation.

post #342 of 502
do you guys normally sleep on the plane or do you guys get work done...? i'm assuming this is different for each company but man i get major headaches when read/work on the plane.

i'm in the process of transferring to an "in-house" consulting branch in my company.
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For me, those things were top considerations, but not necessarily mandatory. The wanting cheaper rent aspect took precedence over location to airport for me, as you'll end up resenting a fancy apartment once you realize you're only there 4 nights / 3 days a week. You want to strike a balance between living in a cheaper place that isn't a shithole, and living in a location that's convenient for your social life but not too far from the airport.
You'll probably end up cabbing it to the airport and expensing it, so as long as it doesn't take 30+ minutes to get there, I think you'll be fine. It's all a matter of how early you're willing to wake up before your flights, as you'll find yourself calculating the maximum number of hours and minutes you can sleep the night before your flight out.
Keep in mind that once you start traveling all the time, your social life takes a big hit. If you're moving to a new city, this is a smaller consideration, but you don't want to live somewhere that makes it hard to meet up with friends.
So, yes, try to find a cheaper apartment and you'll really be glad that you aren't spending an entire paycheck on rent (I have co-workers who do this).

Your life will be subsidized half the week. Use that money to live in a nicer area where you can meet people and take advantage of a social life when you are home. Just don't assume you'll always have that extra income and get into a position where you are living beyond your means if you get staffed on a local project. Also - if you live in a city where you can exist without a car, that's the thing to give up. You'll only be cabbing around 3 days a week.... and being in the industry gives you access to MUCH cheaper rentals than most people.
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do you guys normally sleep on the plane or do you guys get work done...? i'm assuming this is different for each company but man i get major headaches when read/work on the plane.
i'm in the process of transferring to an "in-house" consulting branch in my company.

I sleep on all AM flights, and some PM flights. I only do work if I really need to... flying is one of the only times where you can truly be unreachable if you want.
post #344 of 502
You'll never have to pay for a cab (or take a train if you don't want to) to the airport for work...but you still would benefit from easy enough transit to the airport. For instance (thankfully I very rarely travel), I am pretty close to ohare (though I prefer MDW) and a taxi can get me there pretty quick for an early morning flight....but if I was frequently getting off a plane at 5:00, it would be a gigantic pain in the ass. It is way faster to take the train to my cross street and grab a cab there because being near the airport at rush hour sucks. Living somewhere that is an easier drive to the airport OR an easier direct train ride would make my life far easier if I was travelling every week.
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I sleep on all AM flights, and some PM flights. I only do work if I really need to... flying is one of the only times where you can truly be unreachable if you want.

Until more and more planes have internet frown.gif
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I typically sleep on my AM flights and just read a book or sleep some more on PM flights.
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