Empty hand seeking shake for 2-3 years of FS-03 Econ fun

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.

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