Recruiting at PAE


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  • #1411
    tracyliu
    Member

    Hello all! I’m currently putting together resumes and cover letters for a number of positions at PAE. A bit late to the game, I know, but this is only my first year so I’m sure my chances are slim anyway. A few questions:

    1. Can anyone confirm if C. Denise H. is the correct person to address my cover letters to?

    2. Given that there are so few women compared to men, does being a woman boost my chances at all or is that just wishful thinking?

    3. I can’t find much insight into the Lockheed Martin era hiring process since most of the stuff that was posted about it was last year when it was still speculative. Now that a year’s gone by, I’m hoping someone has some useful tips they wouldn’t mind sharing. I mean, I’ll spend the next four years tailoring my life to Antarctic requirements and then write an epic blog post about the process if I have to, but I’d rather not if it’s not absolutely necessary…

    Thanks in advance, and I hope to meet some of you on the ice someday!

    Tracy

    #11791
    Sciencetech
    Keymaster

    Hi Tracy, welcome to the board!

    I work for a different contractor, so I’m hoping someone who works directly for PAE can answer your questions. I’ll tell you what I know…

    1. Can anyone confirm if C. Denise H. is the correct person to address my cover letters to?

    No idea. Perhaps it would be best to keep it generic, as there may be a several managers doing the interviewing?

    2. Given that there are so few women compared to men, does being a woman boost my chances at all or is that just wishful thinking?

    Overall, I think it probably boosts your chances, but it’s really hard to say.

    3. I’m hoping someone has some useful tips they wouldn’t mind sharing.

    Same as always: 1) Tailor your resume for the position. That’s most important. 2) Apply for anything you think you’d like, even if you don’t think you’re qualified. Who knows, you might get hired anyway. 3) Persistence, persistence, persistence. It took many of us several years before we landed our first contract.

    It might help you told us what position you’re applying for, and your skills and interests, as we may be able to suggest other possible positions.

    Good luck!

    #11792
    tracyliu
    Member

    Sciencetech, thank you for the welcome and the quick reply!

    I’ve got a whole spreadsheet of positions ranked by priority (how well I meet their list of qualifications), heh. Here are the top few:

    MEC Coordinator
    Administrative Coordinator
    NSF Administrative Coordinator
    Disbursing Specialist
    Passenger Services Representative
    Fuels Coordinator
    Vehicle Operator
    Word Order Scheduler (both McMurdo and South Pole)
    Communications Operator

    My skills and interests are kind of all over the place… I have a BS and MS in biomedical engineering and several years of neuro-engineering research experience, but since leaving school four years ago I’ve been traveling around the world doing all sorts of jobs including software engineering, web development, database management, treasury management and disbursement, business development, customer support, administrative officer, translator, etc. etc.

    I saw yours and others’ posts from last year about the RA positions and really those would be my first choice, but I haven’t seen any for this year. Have they already come and gone or do you think more will be posted? Also, it looks like PAE posted most of their positions as early as mid Jan; do you know if the fact that they’re still up indicates they haven’t been filled yet or is it likely they filled the positions but haven’t gotten around to taking the listings down yet?

    One last question (sorry for the barrage!): It looks like the US citizen requirement is largely new as of Lockheed Martin. Does that mean the number of applicants has gone down significantly?

    Thanks again for your help!

    #11793
    Sciencetech
    Keymaster

    @tracyliu wrote:

    I have a BS and MS in biomedical engineering and several years of neuro-engineering research experience…

    Well, gee. A couple of thoughts…

    A lot of the positions you listed have only one or two slots. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply, but it does mean the competition is pretty fierce, especially because many of those jobs have personnel who come back every season (repeat offenders).

    With your background, I would target the Laboratory Assistant or Winter Lab Manager positions. They pay better, often have less (much less!) competition, and occasionally have side benefits like the occasional boondoggle. Other likely positions would be Instrument Tech, and Research Associate (my job). You’d rock. Based on the applicant resumes I saw recently, you’d blow away most of the competition. Your biggest competition will be returning employees; can’t do much about that, except keep applying until you hit the right job at the right time.

    @tracyliu wrote:

    I saw yours and others’ posts from last year about the RA positions and really those would be my first choice, but I haven’t seen any for this year. Have they already come and gone or do you think more will be posted?

    There will always be more posted. Postings for the next austral summer will start popping up about now and continue for the next few months. Austral winter postings usually crop up between November-January.

    And if you haven’t figured it out yet, PAE handles the trades positions, and LMCO hires the science support jobs, including mine. On the Lockheed jobs website, do a keyword search for “NSF”. For instance, there is a lab assistant position posted right now (285729BR) — that would be for the Crary Lab at McMurdo next summer. My job (Palmer RA) may pop up soon, probably sometime this coming month, because I’ve just told my supervisor that I’m not coming back. The summer Palmer Instrument Tech position may also be appearing sometime, you’d be great at it.

    When the companies take down the listings is a whole ‘nother matter… They haven’t been very good about it, which is kind of a bummer for eager applicants. The solution is just to visit the web sites regularly so that you see the new postings when they appear.

    The US citizen requirement probably has had little to no effect on the number of applications. It’s generally been a requirement all the time, even if it wasn’t explicitly stated. They make a few exceptions for critical, unfilled positions, but that’s in the noise.

    Cheers

    PS – If you’re ever in WA (this summer) or Boulder, CO (fall and later) please look me up. I’d like to meet you. : )

    PPS – Oh, and this position: 284577BR, “Engineering & Sciences Support”, is the RA job at South Pole. No posting yet for the McMurdo RA slot.

    #11789
    gosouth
    Participant

    Welcome tracyliu.

    Well crap, that’s all I need, more competition. Just kidding, I’m a believer in sharing information. I’ve yet to make it to the ice, so I don’t have a lot of information to share, but like Sciencetech said, persistence, persistence, persistence. I also have a BS and MS in engineering, have applied for both technical and non-technical position, and have the ever important spreadsheet to keep everything straight. 🙂

    Just to add to Sciencetech’s great advice, you might want to consider checking out the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) for the Medical Technologist and Biomedical Equipment Tech II positions. http://jobs.utmbhealth.com/go/utmb-health-center-for-polar-medical-operations-jobs/333829/

    And finally, not sure of your qualifications, but GHG has computer and communications related positions: https://ghg-online.ghg.com/public/index.jsp?postingCategory=8 (click on the Antarctic Support tab)

    Good luck, perhaps we’ll meet on the ice someday…

    #11790
    tracyliu
    Member

    @Sciencetech wrote:

    Based on the applicant resumes I saw recently, you’d blow away most of the competition.

    Thanks for the encouragement! It’s working. 🙂

    @Sciencetech wrote:

    On the Lockheed jobs website, do a keyword search for “NSF”.

    Aha, last time I looked at this site I tried to search for “Antarctica” under their list of foreign locations, oops. This is really great, I know what I’ll be applying for in the next couple of days.

    @Sciencetech wrote:

    If you’re ever in WA (this summer) or Boulder, CO (fall and later) please look me up. I’d like to meet you. : )

    Actually I’ll be in Vancouver toward the end of April and was thinking of popping down to Seattle around the beginning of May since I haven’t been there yet. Where in WA are you? I’d love to meet you! My email is tracy@tracyliu.com.

    @gosouth wrote:

    Just to add to Sciencetech’s great advice, you might want to consider checking out the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) for the Medical Technologist and Biomedical Equipment Tech II positions.

    Thanks so much for the tip and the welcome, gosouth. It sounds like we have a few things in common. 🙂 Good luck to you too, I hope we both make it eventually!

    #11788
    tracyliu
    Member

    Hello again! I posted a reply ages ago but I guess it was lost in the ether and never approved.

    @Sciencetech wrote:

    If you’re ever in WA (this summer) or Boulder, CO (fall and later) please look me up. I’d like to meet you. : )

    Actually I’m in Vancouver now and planning to head down to WA sometime next week. Flying out from Seattle on May 7th. Where are you in WA? I’d love to meet you!

    @gosouth wrote:

    Just to add to Sciencetech’s great advice, you might want to consider checking out the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) for the Medical Technologist and Biomedical Equipment Tech II positions.

    Applied for that one too, still waiting to hear anything. Thanks to both of you for the tips!

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