So, Monday was the first day that they could offer jobs to mid-level bidders. They call it a “handshake” because you shake on it, but it still has to be approved by the panel. As it turns out, I did not get any offers. I made a couple of short lists, but was not the top choice anywhere. I had hoped that one of the places I’d bid on would pick me after someone declined an offer, but I found out late today that all of the jobs I had bid on had given their handshakes and their top choices had accepted them.
So, now I go back to the drawing board. I will look at the list and start reaching out to jobs that haven’t nailed down a candidate and also watch for new things that might be added to the list. Things come open unexpectedly as people leave post early, volunteer to go to a place where they really need people, or have to back out of a handshake for some reason. So, while I’d realllllly like this process to be over, /begin Dory voice I’ll just keep bidding, just keep bidding, just keep bidding, bidding, bidding /end Dory voice.
As frustrating as it is, I’m in very good company. I know a lot of good officers who are in the same boat as me. I think that the hiring surge that happened in 2009-2011ish has contributed to the craziness that was bidding this time around. One senior person who shall remain nameless called the FS-03 bidding this year the Bidding Hunger Games, and given that 20 and 25% hardship differential posts had 30+ bidders on a job, does seem a bit appropriate.
Once I have something firm enough to announce though, I’ll be sure to share.