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Old 11-22-2015, 09:47 AM
 
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I'm in my mid 20's currently employed at a low paying job. Back in September I applied for an apprenticeship with the city. The starting pay is nearly double what I make now. I got an email in October from HR saying I've been put on an eligible list of candidates. The email said they were forwarding my application to the hiring department and I would hear back if they were interested in an interview or if they were no longer interested. A month has passed and I haven't heard back yet. I know the government hiring process is slow but what is a reasonable amount of time to wait before you move on? I'm starting to think they're not looking for anyone to start before the new year.
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Old 11-22-2015, 10:35 AM
 
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I'm in my mid 20's currently employed at a low paying job. Back in September I applied for an apprenticeship with the city. The starting pay is nearly double what I make now. I got an email in October from HR saying I've been put on an eligible list of candidates. The email said they were forwarding my application to the hiring department and I would hear back if they were interested in an interview or if they were no longer interested. A month has passed and I haven't heard back yet. I know the government hiring process is slow but what is a reasonable amount of time to wait before you move on? I'm starting to think they're not looking for anyone to start before the new year.
All sorts of factors can come into play. You could hear tomorrow, or, you could hear six months from now. Or maybe, never.

I wouldn't pin your hopes on this particular job. Keep applying for every job you see that interests you. Sooner or later, something will happen.
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Old 11-22-2015, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I have gotten a call back for a local government job over six months after I applied. I'd basically consider it open-ended.
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Old 11-22-2015, 04:14 PM
 
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i think about 4-6 months, heard back at 4 months but took two more for the background check to clear
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Old 11-22-2015, 04:17 PM
 
Location: 1000 miles from nowhere
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Agree with the others. It can be months at time, lots of bureaucratic tape. Keep your options open, good luck!
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Old 11-25-2015, 09:45 AM
 
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Same here, got a call back in 6 months when I already had found another job.
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Old 11-25-2015, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Well most of the postings I apply for say something along the lines of "This position may or may not have an opening at this time". So that tells me I might be waiting forever.
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Old 11-25-2015, 02:39 PM
 
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You don't wait around at all -- you apply for the next job that you are qualified for. Don't stop your job search while you are waiting to hear back from the government; that is a losing proposition.
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