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LexusFan  
#1701 Posted : Thursday, February 27, 2020 1:04:05 AM(UTC)
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Starting as a Grade 7
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#1702 Posted : Thursday, February 27, 2020 1:09:01 PM(UTC)
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I have a start date of 03/16 at Corpus. Any advice I can get would be extremely helpful


Listen to your OJI. Take notes on everything.

Start your brain files immediately.

Did I mention listen to your OJI?

Don’t be a whiner and throw your OJI under the bus. Remember he/she writes your reviews
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#1703 Posted : Thursday, February 27, 2020 2:45:33 PM(UTC)
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I have a start date of 03/16 at Corpus. Any advice I can get would be extremely helpful


Listen to your OJI. Take notes on everything.

Start your brain files immediately.

Did I mention listen to your OJI?

Don’t be a whiner and throw your OJI under the bus. Remember he/she writes your reviews


Lol. My OJI back in the day told me if anything goes wrong...blame me. Doesn’t matter what it is or even if it’s your fault blame me. Was a great tool to have in my pocket but luckily never needed it
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#1704 Posted : Thursday, February 27, 2020 4:08:27 PM(UTC)
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The OJI is going to be blamed anyway.
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#1705 Posted : Friday, February 28, 2020 6:33:57 PM(UTC)
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You were newly hired?

From outside?

Soak up as much as you can. There will be a culture shock.

Find a routine and rhythm that works for you.

Every day that you’re doing something faster then the day before is a good sign of progress.


I applied through the Recent Graduates Pathway program. I’ve been reading the message boards since I haven’t been able to get much information from any sort of point of contact I’ve gotten no real details besides the start date so I barely started looking at apartments and trying to make plans for the move.


When did that posting close? And as others said, listen to your OJI and GM. They will help you through the process but be sure to do research and be independent. Do field work as much as possible. The job should keep you busy the whole time. There are down times, but again, it's how you use that time. Also, remember your GM writes your evaluative case reviews to keep you on board and for the foreseeable future afterward, so always try to know what he or she wants. Your OJI will help you a lot with that so listen to their reviews as well, but make sure if the two differ, to go with the GM.
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#1706 Posted : Sunday, March 1, 2020 6:47:48 AM(UTC)
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Just to add to what FGJS said.

Your GM will write your evaluative review that keep you employed or dismisses you.

Your OJI is a big part of that review. Your OJI will be reviewing everything about you, from how coachable you are, work ethic, how well you meet and deal with taxpayer to even your demeanor and behavior.

Whenever someone tells you something is non-evaluative that only means for review purposes. But in your training year you are always being evaluated.
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#1707 Posted : Sunday, March 1, 2020 3:25:35 PM(UTC)
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Do the Pathways hires get to go out in the field? I know a few years ago during last hire, the college entry program RO's couldn't go out in the field. Had to do all the work, initial analysis, etc, but none of the reward of the job. Doesn't make sense, but that's IRS...
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#1708 Posted : Sunday, March 1, 2020 3:27:40 PM(UTC)
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Do the Pathways hires get to go out in the field? I know a few years ago during last hire, the college entry program RO's couldn't go out in the field. Had to do all the work, initial analysis, etc, but none of the reward of the job. Doesn't make sense, but that's IRS...


I was hired on the pathways in 2016. I don’t know where you heard that, but I was in the field all the time
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#1709 Posted : Sunday, March 1, 2020 3:28:19 PM(UTC)
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College program then. Must've gotten them mistaken. They started out as 5's.
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#1710 Posted : Sunday, March 1, 2020 6:23:04 PM(UTC)
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College program then. Must've gotten them mistaken. They started out as 5's.


Interns, yeah they had restrictions. Not sure what they were.

Once they actually graduated they got promoted to GS7
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#1711 Posted : Saturday, March 21, 2020 1:02:43 PM(UTC)
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Unprecedented times in the training program for Revenue Officer's right now. Seems as if every day, there is new guidance.
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#1712 Posted : Saturday, March 21, 2020 5:13:45 PM(UTC)
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With the travel restrictions it’s going to be interesting
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#1713 Posted : Monday, March 23, 2020 4:50:14 PM(UTC)
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How are things “unprecedented?”
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#1714 Posted : Tuesday, March 24, 2020 10:03:49 AM(UTC)
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How are things “unprecedented?”


I don’t think the service has ever had to train employees in the middle of a pandemic.

A media driven one but still
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#1715 Posted : Friday, April 10, 2020 4:50:43 PM(UTC)
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Got to give a lot of kudos to the OJI's and GM's for working with the probationary employees for their first year of training. I know things are definitely different in collection now so any sort of solid training from them is very important to the development of the trainees. Not an ideal situation, but it will work!
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#1716 Posted : Tuesday, May 5, 2020 3:52:42 PM(UTC)
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Got to give a lot of kudos to the OJI's and GM's for working with the probationary employees for their first year of training. I know things are definitely different in collection now so any sort of solid training from them is very important to the development of the trainees. Not an ideal situation, but it will work!

Yes! My OJI is outstanding. I think she will be teaching at our POD with the other trainees in our POD. The higher ups are talking about virtual learning, but I'm hoping for the person-to-person interaction. The SABA classes end up with 200+ people.
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#1717 Posted : Friday, May 8, 2020 2:56:49 PM(UTC)
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Received a generic message from SBSE today saying that if you have the ability to telework, to still telework, even if your building opens back up. The GM will eventually tell you when to go back in. Sounds like it might be a good while longer until we return to the POD.
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#1718 Posted : Friday, May 8, 2020 3:00:02 PM(UTC)
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Got to give a lot of kudos to the OJI's and GM's for working with the probationary employees for their first year of training. I know things are definitely different in collection now so any sort of solid training from them is very important to the development of the trainees. Not an ideal situation, but it will work!

Yes! My OJI is outstanding. I think she will be teaching at our POD with the other trainees in our POD. The higher ups are talking about virtual learning, but I'm hoping for the person-to-person interaction. The SABA classes end up with 200+ people.


I know unit training is technically "postponed" right now, but it probably will be virtual learning when they get the go ahead to do the training. I too like person to person interaction when learning as well. With 200+ people in a meeting too, sometimes technology messes up.
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#1719 Posted : Thursday, May 14, 2020 10:54:47 AM(UTC)
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It's going to be really interesting to see how the March 2020 new hires develop as far as their training goes due to this COVID-19 situation.
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#1720 Posted : Thursday, May 14, 2020 5:32:37 PM(UTC)
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Received a generic message from SBSE today saying that if you have the ability to telework, to still telework, even if your building opens back up. The GM will eventually tell you when to go back in. Sounds like it might be a good while longer until we return to the POD.

I'm hoping they don't do a "drive by" to inspect my office! I'm crammed into a one bedroom apartment. LOL
They did let me take my ergonomic chair home. :)
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