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#1 Posted : Thursday, September 21, 2017 8:51:26 AM(UTC)
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Hello everyone! I'm new to fedsoup and I just received a tentative offer from Andover. Can someone describe the CR seasonal position there ? Also, I'll have to relocate to the area. Cost of living ? Rents ? Nice area etc. etc. for family of 3. Thanks so much.
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Hello everyone! I'm new to fedsoup and I just received a tentative offer from Andover. Can someone describe the CR seasonal position there ? Also, I'll have to relocate to the area. Cost of living ? Rents ? Nice area etc. etc. for family of 3. Thanks so much.


I can try to answer your questions about moving here. I don't know where in Virginia you're coming from so it's hard for me to say if coming here will be a bit of a financial shock to you. It's not inexpensive to live here. What is your budget? Two income family? School age children? How long of a commute is acceptable to you? Will you be working days or nights?
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#3 Posted : Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:28:18 AM(UTC)
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Thank you for your reply Massgone. I'm in Culpeper, VA , We have a 2 bedroom apartment $ 1080 a month, an 11 year old, Comcast 250 a month for phone/internet/TV on average, electric heat/AC Pump 90.00 per month, water is about 50.00 a month, we don't pay any garbage fee, very nice neighborhood, safe, clean, good neighbors, no car payments at the moment which is nice, but do have other debts like school loans, few credit cards that's about it. I'd be on evenings 4 PM to 12:30 AM would like a half hour commute ideally.
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Thank you for your reply Massgone. I'm in Culpeper, VA , We have a 2 bedroom apartment $ 1080 a month, an 11 year old, Comcast 250 a month for phone/internet/TV on average, electric heat/AC Pump 90.00 per month, water is about 50.00 a month, we don't pay any garbage fee, very nice neighborhood, safe, clean, good neighbors, no car payments at the moment which is nice, but do have other debts like school loans, few credit cards that's about it. I'd be on evenings 4 PM to 12:30 AM would like a half hour commute ideally.


Using the rent you pay now, it will be next to impossible to find a rental in a decent area with good schools that is a reasonable commute to Andover. Rents around here are out of control. Most don't come with utilities. Private rentals usually come with water but apartment complexes don't. I have seen rentals in southern New Hampshire that come with heat. There are many people here that live in New Hampshire and many towns are a reasonable distance to Andover. Most heat around here is by gas, oil or propane.

Depending on where you will be coming from, you will probably hit some traffic coming here but it will be an easy ride home. I'm about 40-45 minutes away. I stay away from the highway and take the back roads.

If you live in Massachusetts, car insurance rates vary depending on where you live. Living in a high rate area can take up a lot of your budget.

There is an apartment complex right across the street from the campus. It's called Hamilton Green. I once heard they have some income based apartments. Otherwise, the place is pricey. You might want to google them for their number and give them a call. Andover has an excellent school system. The apartment complex is not exactly in a residential area though. It's right off the main highway but you could walk here!

Have you researched any cities or towns?

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No. I just received the Tentative Offer in an email this morning. So I was filling out all the On-Boarding forms and such. Thanks for the realistic advice I'll keep this thread going for further input from yourself and/or others it may concern. I know not to jump before I get a firm offer also.
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No. I just received the Tentative Offer in an email this morning. So I was filling out all the On-Boarding forms and such. Thanks for the realistic advice I'll keep this thread going for further input from yourself and/or others it may concern. I know not to jump before I get a firm offer also.


Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions! Good luck!
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#7 Posted : Friday, September 22, 2017 2:08:22 AM(UTC)
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Thanks ! I'm going to research some towns or places in the area like you said. Wow ! This is a big leap for a person to make without a firm offer yet. So before I do anything at all, I'm going to wait til I receive that firm offer and then if it happens, take one step at a time. So many things to think about and weigh it almost feels overwhelming. What ifs and how will this be and all that. Thanks again.
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#8 Posted : Saturday, September 23, 2017 6:54:45 AM(UTC)
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Massgone2015 ?

I need to email the HR Specialist at the bottom of my TO letter. So do I just type in
SBSE2EXTAPP@IRS.GOV and it will go to her or do I have to also add /Her Name ?

And is this the way you email anyone with the IRS in this format with all capital letters @ IRS.GOV ?



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#9 Posted : Saturday, September 23, 2017 7:19:35 AM(UTC)
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Everyone at the IRS has @irs.gov at the end of their email. It is not case sensitive.

Can't answer the other portion, that email looks like a mailbox email, but if that's the address that listed that's the one you should use.
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#10 Posted : Saturday, September 23, 2017 7:44:17 AM(UTC)
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Well here's how its signed:

Sincerely,
Christine DiRomaldo
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SBSE2EXTAPP@IRS.GOV

The blue highlight is not a link, so your saying I just type ChristineDiRomaldo@irs.gov in the address line and send ?
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Well here's how its signed:

Sincerely,
Christine DiRomaldo
HR Specialist
Employment Center South Section 5
SBSE2EXTAPP@IRS.GOV

The blue highlight is not a link, so your saying I just type ChristineDiRomaldo@irs.gov in the address line and send ?


No, send your email to the exact email address listed below "Employment Center South Section 5"

As kitkatma said, it looks like an email mailbox, but that must be where they want communication to go. I can guarantee you just putting "ChristineDiRomaldo@irs.gov" won't go anywhere and will likely return an error as IRS email addresses are not formatted that way. If you are curious they are either formatted as first.mi.last@irs.gov or first.last@irs.gov. Regardless, see first sentence. Godspeed on your FO!
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#12 Posted : Saturday, September 23, 2017 10:58:11 AM(UTC)
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OK pbchris Got it. Thanks.
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#13 Posted : Saturday, September 23, 2017 11:46:35 AM(UTC)
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Hello everyone! I'm new to fedsoup and I just received a tentative offer from Andover. Can someone describe the CR seasonal position there ? Also, I'll have to relocate to the area. Cost of living ? Rents ? Nice area etc. etc. for family of 3. Thanks so much.



Hi. Regarding rental costs, generally speaking, looking south of the office is more expensive. (going south on I-93) as the closer in towards Boston, the higher the rentals are. I-93 North goes into New Hampshire. A lot of people live there.

Andover itself is expensive and does not have much in the way of apartments.

You may want to try Methuen Ma where a lot of people who work here live, or go further north on I-495 to towns like Haverhill. If you go south on I-495 look beyond Lowell MA.

I would NOT look in Lawrence MA. Although close to the office, it is not the greatest place to live, especially with kids


Here is a current link if apartment rentals from the Lawrence Eagle Tribune, which is a very good regional newspaper http://marketplace.north...boston/apartments/search

Not trying to scare you, but the training is 13 weeks (paid) then you are thrown to the wolves. Then you have certification tests. In the last few years, they have become very quick at letting people go if they don't get through certification successfully. Something to consider before uprooting.

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#14 Posted : Saturday, September 23, 2017 12:33:53 PM(UTC)
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Wow ! Thanks so much both chriswt25 and all respondants. Beyond Lowell MA., home of Kerouac ? OK guess that's out. By the way, don't let the "Virginia" location in my profile throw you. I'm Pennsylvania born and raised, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre region. I'll look up Methuen MA. Damn !! How in God's name do all you good people afford to live up there ? Or do you just shrug it off as the price you pay to be near America's intellectual center ? or the Celtics, the Red Sox ?

I'm ashamed to say I've somehow never made it up that far north. chriswt25 similarly, as you describe the closer to Boston the more expensive it gets ? Its like that here in Culpeper, the closer to D.C. the loftier the prices. thanks for the regional newspaper link.
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Wow ! Thanks so much both chriswt25 and all respondants. Beyond Lowell MA., home of Kerouac ? OK guess that's out. By the way, don't let the "Virginia" location in my profile throw you. I'm Pennsylvania born and raised, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre region. I'll look up Methuen MA. Damn !! How in God's name do all you good people afford to live up there ? Or do you just shrug it off as the price you pay to be near America's intellectual center ? or the Celtics, the Red Sox ?

I'm ashamed to say I've somehow never made it up that far north. chriswt25 similarly, as you describe the closer to Boston the more expensive it gets ? Its like that here in Culpeper, the closer to D.C. the loftier the prices. thanks for the regional newspaper link.


Parts of Lowell are fine. It is an older city, Many of them are. Lawrence you should definitely steer clear of. Lots of issues including the schools.

Try this web site ad enter the Andover zip 01810 when it loads https://www.forrent.com/


Since you lived in Scranton, you know snow. They really do their best here at snow removal, but if it hits at rush hour it is a nightmare, If they don't close, (they rarely do) the place is like a ghost town. People call in sick or ask for annual leave. No job worth getting killed over trying to get in.

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#16 Posted : Sunday, September 24, 2017 5:36:54 AM(UTC)
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Do most new hires feel that 13 weeks of training is inadequate ? That kind of information needs time to be processed. Feeling harried and pressured is not conducive to maximum performance. How are the instructors ? Hey, there's not a big selection of jobs out here so nothing ventured nothing gained. I'll just have to be determined to certify. Still chriswt25 I appreciate your solicitude. Also the links for renting a place.
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Do most new hires feel that 13 weeks of training is inadequate ? That kind of information needs time to be processed. Feeling harried and pressured is not conducive to maximum performance. How are the instructors ? Hey, there's not a big selection of jobs out here so nothing ventured nothing gained. I'll just have to be determined to certify. Still chriswt25 I appreciate your solicitude. Also the links for renting a place.


I have been here 15 years, so the quality of the new hire training is something I really can't comment on. It is a tremendous amount of information that is given, and it is a job where things (rules and tax law) can change on a daily basis. Nobody can ever keep up with everything, so you must be dependent on following IRMS (Internal Revenue Manual) They are convoluted, to use a kind word for it.

It will be an adventure for sure. I don't know if you have a spouse, and if they work also. Two incomes will help you manage the financial barriers.

Good luck with your decision.
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#18 Posted : Sunday, September 24, 2017 7:11:13 AM(UTC)
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Do most new hires feel that 13 weeks of training is inadequate ? That kind of information needs time to be processed. Feeling harried and pressured is not conducive to maximum performance. How are the instructors ? Hey, there's not a big selection of jobs out here so nothing ventured nothing gained. I'll just have to be determined to certify. Still chriswt25 I appreciate your solicitude. Also the links for renting a place.


I have been here 15 years, so the quality of the new hire training is something I really can't comment on. It is a tremendous amount of information that is given, and it is a job where things (rules and tax law) can change on a daily basis. Nobody can ever keep up with everything, so you must be dependent on following IRMS (Internal Revenue Manual) They are convoluted, to use a kind word for it.

It will be an adventure for sure. I don't know if you have a spouse, and if they work also. Two incomes will help you manage the financial barriers.

Good luck with your decision.


This upcoming season will be 4th with AM(Accounts Management). I'm in the Kansas City service center, so I cant speak for how things work in Andover. With that said, I don't believe that anyone truly thinks that training is adequate. And its generally not the instructors. Most of the instructors that I know try their best to prepare you, but chriswt25 is right, things can and sometimes do change on a daily basis. Being able to research is the key.
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Do most new hires feel that 13 weeks of training is inadequate ? That kind of information needs time to be processed. Feeling harried and pressured is not conducive to maximum performance. How are the instructors ? Hey, there's not a big selection of jobs out here so nothing ventured nothing gained. I'll just have to be determined to certify. Still chriswt25 I appreciate your solicitude. Also the links for renting a place.


I have been here 15 years, so the quality of the new hire training is something I really can't comment on. It is a tremendous amount of information that is given, and it is a job where things (rules and tax law) can change on a daily basis. Nobody can ever keep up with everything, so you must be dependent on following IRMS (Internal Revenue Manual) They are convoluted, to use a kind word for it.

It will be an adventure for sure. I don't know if you have a spouse, and if they work also. Two incomes will help you manage the financial barriers.

Good luck with your decision.


This upcoming season will be 4th with AM(Accounts Management). I'm in the Kansas City service center, so I cant speak for how things work in Andover. With that said, I don't believe that anyone truly thinks that training is adequate. And its generally not the instructors. Most of the instructors that I know try their best to prepare you, but chriswt25 is right, things can and sometimes do change on a daily basis. Being able to research is the key.


You are right kitkatma, the trainers do their best. Training anywhere takes a special breed. Unfortunately, what you are taught in week 1 might be obsolete in week 13. You do really need to research anything you work on.

When I started you got certified by doing actual cases (paper) Something like 20 cases were reviewed for each type case and you needed 80% or better, and the same went with call types. IMO that is the proper way to certify people, not by given computer assessment tests as I believe they rely on now.

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Say I accept the seasonal CR position firm off, relocate to Massachusetts, then in 6 months I'm furloughed. Is that enough quarters of work in Mass. to be eligible for unemployment? since I'm a new resident in the Commonwealth ? Or do they count the work I do here too ?
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