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Waiting For Everyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 06:15 AM
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Unemployed DUers: Jobs, lots of them.
The U.S. 2010 Census is HIRING lots of people right now, everywhere. Local "hub" offices are being staffed, and temporary canvassers are being hired in LARGE NUMBERS through the same test. Paid training for the canvassers (that's updating of addresses for the mailing next year) will begin in a few weeks, with work beginning soon afterward, and the pay rate isn't bad. In my area it's $15.50 per hour, which is way above most available jobs right now (about $10 here). Some areas are a little higher or lower. It's 20 to 40 hours per week, flexible. Canvassing will be 10 weeks, and next year they'll go back and fill in surveys. Instead of the usual lengthy Federal hiring process, this is streamlined and much quicker. My local office is hiring 1100 people immediately. I know it's short-term but temporary beats nothing. And it's Federal, under the Commerce Dept.

There's an automated toll free number for information... (866)861-2010. Or see the link below...

http://www.census.gov/2010censusjobs/index.php

Click "Documents" on the left for a practice test and application. Managers are also being hired too ($20+/hr.). For that, find the page for your region of the country and look for something that says "Early Local Census Jobs". The office jobs will last two years. Some areas also may have "Telephone Interviewer" positions in the regional call centers. Go to usajobs.gov and search to see about that.



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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 06:28 AM
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1. We applied five weeks ago and still haven't heard a damn thing. n/t
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Waiting For Everyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 06:38 AM
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3. You should soon.
My office said that they just started taking a few apps a month ago, and the serious push for hiring is only just getting started now.

I was surprised that the application didn't even go into work history. Just personal info, pass the test and clear the background check, and you're done.
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K Gardner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 10:34 AM
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13. Guy I talked to said they take people in order based on test scores only.
Edited on Wed Dec-10-08 10:35 AM by K Gardner
And you can find out your test score by staying until everyone is finished, then they call the names/scores out.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 11:54 AM
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16. Government can be slow, as I was reminded yesterday.
Especially for something more than a year away*, you'll likely get a response.




* albeit not by much
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Waiting For Everyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 06:30 AM
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2. I forgot to add...
Speaking a second language, any language, is a big plus. Also, there will be a lot of PR work, so those positions will be hired in the offices. Also emphasized are "community outreach" types of positions (liaison with etnic communities for instance), so if you have that kind of background, or are strong in media relations, those openings are likely now.

Also veterans, you get preference in hiring. See the usajobs.gov site for info on that.
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 08:15 AM
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4. I'm headed off this morning
to take the Civil Service exam for the job.

I love standardized tests because I do very well on them. About twelve years ago I took the exam for the IRS, and got one of the highest scores they'd apparently ever seen. Unfortunately, the only jobs available by then were the overnight shift so I passed.
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Le Taz Hot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 08:18 AM
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5. k & r
THANK YOU!!!! Officially my area is at about a 12% unemployment rate. In reality it's running about 20%.

DUers, PLEASE PLEASE keep this kicked.

Thanks!
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 08:22 AM
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6. DU historical note: Long-time DUer Crewleader got her name
because she was leader of a census crew in 2000.
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2Design Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 08:55 AM
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7. kick and mark n/t
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ogneopasno Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 09:17 AM
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8. Kicked -- a former co-worker just got on with the census a couple months ago, and confirms
that there are lots of jobs to be filled. Thanks for the reminder. When I saw the line "Jobs, lots of them," I opened this to add my .02 about the census. And found it was about it anyway!
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shugah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 09:29 AM
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9. wow! thanks for the info!
i'm scheduled to take the test next week!

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K Gardner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 09:53 AM
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10. The Practice Test gave me a headache ! Looks like a really good indicator of performance ability !
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 10:18 AM
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11. Gave me one too.
:dunce: I am going to print it out and try again.
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K Gardner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 10:33 AM
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12. LOL - I'm going to go take it on Monday. Wonder if you can take a calculator !
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 11:49 AM
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15. Scored a 25 out of 28 a couple weeks ago, no calculators and have not received a response.
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 12:18 PM
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19. I was wondering the same, if calculators are allowed? I am math challenged.
:dunce:
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 01:11 PM
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22. When I took the test you weren't allowed calculators.
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Waiting For Everyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 06:16 PM
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35. You can re-test if you want to raise your score.
It isn't complicated math - things like percents, and the math section is only 6 questions.

Plus, it's all multiple choice, so you can use logic on it to some degree.
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 09:34 PM
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41. Thank you!
:hi:
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Waiting For Everyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-11-08 04:02 AM
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43. You're welcome!
:hi: Go for it, BSN. The math really wasn't too bad. (Know how to figure a percent, that's basically it.)
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-11-08 04:06 AM
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44. I can figure a percent. LOL
:dunce:
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kath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 11:46 AM
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14. On the practice test, there is a significant (since it is a reading comp. question) typo in #27, and
a misspelling in the introduction to the map for questions 19-21.

You'd think that the test designers would be more careful, especially if they're Census Bureau people. Just sayin'... :P
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notadmblnd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 12:03 PM
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17. The man on the phone told me you can also google" census practice test"
to take it before going down. I'm scheduled for thursday the 18th at 10 am.
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rvablue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 12:16 PM
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18. Are there any DUers who have done this before? I have a few Qs:
This sounds like a decent opportunity.

I'm just wondering, when the Census part begins and you are going out and surveying people, do they send you out alone?

It seems the sometimes you would go inside homes and I think I would be a little leary of this.

Please, if there is any DUer who has personal experience about this, I would love to here every detail you could provide.

And thanks to the OP for the helpful and informative post! :)
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TheKentuckian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 09:28 PM
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39. My little sister and her husband both did it in 2000
and nary a negative word. Decent money, rational supervisors, good co-workers, and reasonably receptive people to survey.

They both did the canvassing over the phone, so individual results/positions may vary.
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mrreowwr_kittty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 12:23 PM
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20. Thanks! nt
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 12:37 PM
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21. Is there any way to get assigned to inner-city tracts?
Edited on Wed Dec-10-08 12:38 PM by KamaAina
The census always, always undercounts the population of large cities, resulting in underfunding of Federal programs that are based on census counts.

Another area to consider is redistricting: it's doubly important for people in swing states to do this, regardless of what part of the state it is.

Finally, (the following is a paid commercial announcement :-) ), there's New Orleans. Even three years on from the Federal Flood, no one has much of an idea how many people actually live there. Even a fair count would put them in danger of losing the Second CD (but it's now occupied by a repuke pipsqueak, so maybe that's not important anyway); an undercount (more than the usual, that is) would seriously jeopardize their efforts at recovery.

edit: educated guesses on NOLA's current population range from 220,000 to 300,000; the pre-K population was around 460,000.
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 02:59 PM
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23. I just took the test yesterday!
Thankfully, someone on DU posted this a week or two ago, I called, and they lined me up with a testing site and a day to come in. The test was fairly easy. I won't hear anything until January and the job won't start until February, but I'm very grateful for the lead and encourage other DUers to call.

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aikoaiko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 03:00 PM
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24. interesting
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 03:06 PM
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25. Thanx
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Waiting For Everyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 03:13 PM
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26. Good luck to everybody, and just a few observations...
Edited on Wed Dec-10-08 03:24 PM by Waiting For Everyman
I took it yesterday, so I'm passing along what I found out. There were only two of us taking the test, and the Field Ops Manager was there assisting with the test. Since I got there early, I asked a bunch of questions.

What starts in roughly February is verifying addresses not actually surveying people - that's next year. It's a visual, on the ground verifying and this is during daytime hours. It's done with a digital gizmo which immediately inputs the info into their records. That's 10 weeks, and you're paid every week.

Since the canvassing starts in roughly February, the training could be expected sometime toward the end of January. It's 4 days and paid. (edit - there's also a weekend/evening option for training).

Next year what they call "enumerators" will go out and personally talk to anybody who doesn't mail back their census questionnaire. The Sup said about 40% don't. So that part will be in 2010. They go to wherever people are and count them, including the homeless (which is important because this census determines benefits). A lot of that can be evening or weekend hours - whenever people are home. They try once and that's it.

You can't use a calculator and you get 30 minutes. Do the practice test in the OP link and you'll know exactly what to expect.

In answer to one of the questions, yes you probably could get assigned to a different area if you speak a language which is needed in that area. Oh and they pay mileage, which I'm sure is a standard of some kind. You do need a car but public transportation is ok in cities.

Oh and for any of you going for any of the management positions (4-5 different ones that I'm aware of, see the website), I found out that there are very few people who did the prior census in 2000. So the person hiring you is unlikely to know much more than you do if you study up on it a little. (wink)

Again... Good luck everybody!
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 03:21 PM
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28. There were about 20 of us taking the test in Denver yesterday.
And I know it was at least the second time they offered it that day.

I can also attest to the practice test being a very good indicator of what to expect on the test. In fact, most of the questions were exactly the same except with different names/numbers.
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apocalypsehow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 03:20 PM
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27. I've got a job offer in Estonia that I'm seriously considering. Even worth giving up tenure. n/t.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 03:30 PM
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29. Thanks!
I just called and scheduled a test time, and I passed it on to my mother too.
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Waiting For Everyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 05:42 PM
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30. Kicking for the evening shift. n/t
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cyberpj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 05:42 PM
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31. kickin it up... thanks for posting this. nt
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 05:49 PM
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32. K & R.
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4 t 4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 05:57 PM
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33. thanks n/t
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williesgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 06:06 PM
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34. Thanks for the tip - passing on to my daughter's boyfriend! rec'd
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 06:56 PM
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36. Took the test today in Santa Fe
with four other people. One nice thing is getting your test results immediately. I scored 95%.

We were told that they should start hiring mid-January, and it will mostly be for various projects which will last differing amounts of time. Pay is hourly, starting at $12.50/hr, plus 58 1/2 cents per mile if you have to do any driving. No benefits. But this does get you into the civil service system, which opens up the possibility of other employment with the government.
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shimmergal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 07:35 PM
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37. Thanks for this info.!
I really need some OK-paying work to supplement my social security. I'll take the practice test and then see about getting an appt.
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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 09:15 PM
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38. I'm sorry, I don't speak Chinese
Nor do I have a passport :evilgrin:
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-11-08 04:09 AM
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45. .
:evilgrin:
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 09:29 PM
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40. thanks for this
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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-11-08 12:02 AM
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42. kick
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-11-08 05:34 AM
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46. thank you for this information
i have two friends with whom i will share it, and one son.
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-11-08 08:27 AM
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47. Thanks - I sent this to my brother
who is looking for a tech job - maybe this would be a good temp gig
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