So, the summer mid-level bid lists have been released and now I can see what has made it on to the list. State has a newish projected vacancy tool where you can search for jobs that are scheduled to be on different lists, so I had an idea of what would be on the list, but it’s a relief to have the actual list and to see what’s on it. There weren’t too many surprises and most of the jobs I’d been eying turned up on the list, plus at least one job of interest that I hadn’t seen on the projected list.
I’ve been reaching out to the people who are in the jobs I’m interested in now and it’s been interesting to learn about the jobs and there’s a lot to get excited about. It’s also interesting to get a sense of the people in the jobs, and the supervisors in a few cases where there’s no one in the job right now. Due to the rotational nature of the Foreign Service, I definitely won’t work with the incumbent and might not work with the supervisor, especially if I had to learn a new language, but you start to get a feel for the job, office and such by talking to them. So, a couple of jobs that sounded great from the description and/or from reading post reports of the cities sound a little less great (so far nothing’s actually been bad) and some that I had initially thought wouldn’t be as interesting have sounded more interesting as I’ve learned more about them.
That’s more or less as far as I’ve gotten in bidding so far, but the list has only been out 2 days. Eventually, I’ll have to convince someone to actually offer me a job, which is the hard part! I don’t want to jinx anything, so I won’t post the jobs/places I’m interested in, but I’m sure this won’t be my last post on bidding.