With the economic crisis and the high employment rate, Americans are looking hard to find employment that pays, even if it is short term. The United States Census Bureau is hiring part-time census takers for the 2010 Census. Census jobs a reasonably good pay, flexible hours, and paid training. Workers take censuses in their own neighborhoods. The flexible hours are great for those with school aged children, in college, and those with other jobs trying to make ends meat.
1. Find your local Census office by visiting http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/how-to-apply/local-office-map.php or by calling the toll-free hot line at 1-866-861-2010.
2. Contact your local office to schedule an appointment to take their employment test.
3. Download and complete the application. http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/pdf/BC-170D_fillable.pdf Bring the printed and complete application with you on your testing day. Don’t mail it in. You must deliver it in person.
4. Download and complete the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/pdf/Form_I-9-Employment_Eligibility_Verification_Form.pdf Bring the completed form with you on testing day.
5. Complete the multiple choice practice test to familiarize yourself with the test. http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/documents/Practice_Test.pdf Make sure you set a timer for 30 minutes. There are five parts to the test. Part one tests your clerical skills like your ability to alphabetize, serialize, and match. Part Two tests how well you read. Part Three tests your ability to perform simple arithmetic and numerical concepts (like picking odd and even numbers). Part Four is regarding interpreting information and evaluating alternatives (contains maps). Part Five is organizational skill or the ability to analyze and organize information.
6. Score your test and see how well you did and where you might need to improve. Review the parts you did poorly on. Learn why you got the question wrong. Even though the questions will be different, you can apply what you learned to the actual test.
7. Go to your employment test appointment. Bring with you your application and the I-9 form.
8. Take your employment test.
9. Most of the hiring will occur during the spring of 2010. You can call the toll-free Job line at 1-866-861-2010 to check your employment application status and your test score.
The higher the score the most likely you will be hired. Even if you pass the job you may not be the most qualified. Complete the practice test and pace yourself during the actual test so you can complete the entire test with out rushing through any of the questions. Bilingual applications are in demand.
You will be interviewed if you make it to the next level of hiring. During the interview, remain confident and calm. Show them how good you would be working with people. If you are interviewed you are a serious contender for the job, so don’t go into the interview with a feeling of premature defeat. Go in with confidence.
Never pay any one to get a census job. The application process is free.