For personal reasons, I'm trying to return to upstate/western New York.
Last week, I had an interview for a PD position for a town in the Finger Lakes region. Despite having a personal connection to the town, complements on my knowledge and experience, and an interview that went quite well, today I found out I didn't get the position.
I hit one snag during the interview: "What is your knowlege of and experience with SEQR?" (SEQR = State Environmental Quality Review; similar to CEQA in California.) I had to admit it was my Achilles heel; I'm somewhat familiar with it, and it's something that I can probably pick up, but I didn't have any firsthand experience with it, having never worked as a planner in New York. I think that might have been what did me in.
Despite getting my undergraduate and graduate degrees in New York, SEQR was never part of the course of study. I've never seen classes or seminars on SEQR. Despite there being plenty of good information about SEQR on the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation web site, I don't know if it'll be enough for future employers.
Will my lack of experience with and formal study of SEQR lock me out of the planning job market in New York state? Please be honest.