Not to sound like a broken record kids, but like Edmizer I too tried getting on back in the late 80's / early 90's. Despite lifelong residency in Boston, perfect or near-perfect marks never made it. If you're a white male, non-vet with little or no political juice your prospects are slim. Cast a wider net and look at some of the other New England states. These are your prime earning years, saving and building credit for a home, , working on promotions and starting that pension. The years go quickly . Don't let Civil Service rob you of your time.