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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Seniors: Can You Count? How does 1,000,000 Jobs Sound?

Can you still walk or is your Rascal Scooter street-worthy? Well if it is and the Social Security checks don't cover food after you hit the bingo parlor, then here's a great job for you!

The government is looking for millions of folks to pound (or roll) the pavement, knock on doors and count the populace as a CENSUS TAKER!

It's not too early to fill out your application as a 2010 U.S. Census worker. The good news is you won't slip on the ice and break a hip because most jobs won't begin until the spring.

There are five type of census jobs -- census takers, crew leaders, crew leader assistants, recruiting assistants, and census clerks. Most jobs will last several weeks. Applicants generally need to have a valid driver's license and, where public transportation is not available, use their own vehicles (mileage expenses will be paid). For census takers -- the largest category of jobs offered -- evening and weekend work is standard in order to find people at home.

You need to apply for a job through the census office closest to where you live. You can call (866) 861-2010 and, if you enter your ZIP code when prompted, your call will be routed to the nearest office. Or, you can obtain all the materials online. There is an interactive map with office locations. Pay ranges from $10 to $25 an hour and is keyed to wages in local markets. Once you've located the local office, call and schedule an appointment to apply for a position and take a 28-question employment test.

So if you're still with us and haven't wandered off to take a nap, check out the on-line application and earn some pocket money.

The job is temporary but the hours might be long, so don't forget the Depends!

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