It is snowing again....I know that February is a heavy snow month....but I think I speak for all of us that have had a very cold, snowy winter.....ENOUGH.
We found out that G-man is not being considered for the new position he applied for recently. So at this time, no move for us. I honestly think part of the problem is that they have a computer "read" the applications/resumes and it looks for key words. If you don't have the key word, even if you have a synonym....you get scored lower. Each job has a minimum score to be passed on to a real person for consideration. We have been down this path before.
One thing that we discussed (as much as you can discuss it in a text conversation), was his grade application. For those who don't know how the federal gov't works....each job is assigned a numerical "grade" and then each grade has 10 "steps" in between. You can only apply for a job that is no more than 2 grades above your current job. G-man is a Grade 8, step 10, which is the very top for his current position.
You can apply for a position that is lower than your current position. Yes, it is a back step. Yes, it is a pay cut. However, in MOST circumstances, it is a temporary thing, and within a year you are bumped up. But this is in no way a guarantee.
We are starting to wonder if the problem is applying for the Grade 9 position. There is nothing that says you can't do it, but there may be an internal ranking system that is screwing us up. He can apply for the 7 and the 9....and if it gets passed along....they could offer him the 7.
Why would we consider this......it is a pay cut and a downgrade of grade? Because it is a career path that would bring him to a 12 at some point in the future. Right now....and for as long as he is in this position....there will be NO raises (other than cost of living, and that isn't a guarantee)....there will be no promotions....there will be nothing....this is as good as it gets. A different career path has room for growth.
(Again, the federal government works in a totally different way than the private sector. He isn't changing careers....it is just what they call it. The position he just applied for is a different position than what he is doing now, but his career is with this agency).
It gives us something to think about....would we be able to take a pay cut and still do what we need to do?
We are currently in the experiment of saving 50% of his 2nd job pay to see if we can, and then we would know that this pile of money would be able to go towards debt. (as a side note, we totally picked the WRONG month to start this experiment....the snow is screwing with my paycheck with all the closures, but we are still doing it). Unless my pay totally changed, I can say with 100% guarantee that the second job money would not be saved...it would have to go towards our regular expenses to make up for the cut.
No decisions on any of it yet. This job is gone, but there will be more jobs in the future for him to apply for....and we may apply for the 7/9 and see what happens. Even if he is offered the 7, we can still turn it down if we really think it won't work. And knowing that it may be a year....it may be longer.....that is a tough pill to swallow. But if it really was only a year....and knowing where we are projected to be in a year.....it is worth serious thought.