At the eleventh hour around fifteen of my coworkers were spared the buget ax. These coworkers had served more than four years and had not passed the test or were in classifications not eligible for permanent rehire. Many of these workers are old timers nearing the end or low paid clerks. I am happy they were extended and that they have been granted another four months.
I did not make the cut, but there is always next time. Candidates must first pass a writing test. Then they are graded by payscale, lenth of service, type of degree, productivity. A major factor is if you have attended training in GA. I am short on the snoirity list and did not attend training in GA due to foul ups in personell. However, when I leave at the end of January I will be able to compette with Grad students, but below lawyers. Most of the people ahead of me will be swept off the books. I will have passed and that is good for three years. There is also the longershot openings in DC, but those max out at or $75,000.
It was a minor miricale that I was even allowed to take the test. I beat the long odds to pass the test. I am annoyed that some people who knifed me in the back to improve their chances were taken. However, many friends were picked up and it will be good to have my cubicle neighbor back. I always thought I would beat him out the door. He will return as a permanent hire but he earned that spot. Most of the aplicants who made it are friends and my journey does not end.
There is some irony if I do make into the system and back to NYC I would work in the Freedom Tower when it opens. My journey would begin and end in the same place.
Beamish in 08.