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Beggars and Choosers

It seems I may have a job lined up for the summer. Or at least for enough of it to keep me from worrying.

The government is running a census this year and, since enough of my compatriots apparently find it difficult to fill out a census (whaddya know, we're not all as smart as we're cracked up to be), Statistics Canada is staffing three call centres with personnel to answer questions about them, from the end of April until the end of July, so I'd be employed for three out of the four months of my break.

Honestly, it's not a certainty yet - I still have to write an aptitude test (ha!), pass an RCMP background check (ha!), and interview. But in my typically confident (ha!) fashion, only the last of these presents any measure of worry to me.

The job itself is....hm. Pays $12 an hour, which is less than some of the others that I've looked at. Shift work, apparently, which will throw monkey wrenches at any attempt at scheduling _anything_ this summer, and located downtown, which means I can't reliably count on getting home by bus every day (since there's a possibility of my shift ending at midnight.) While I'm used to insane and erratic sleep schedules, in the past they've at least been my choice.

On the other hand...I really need to be working this summer, as soon as possible. If everything goes well today and this is offered to me, I don't know if I could turn it down and hold out for something better that's a lot less certain. Last year is still entirely too memorable.

Regardless, thanks to chantillary for the tip. Sadly, there is no XP bonus for finding the Dungeon Master a job. :P

-D.

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chantillary
Apr. 5th, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
Well, all I can say is, I've got a test with the Census People Tomorrow at 10Am for a position as an Operator, and an interview with StatsCan on Friday at 11:45AM for the position of Payroll Clerk.

But what I really want to hear back on is the testing I did last Wednesday at the RCMP K Division HQ for a job basically the same as the one that just ended its term on Friday the 31st. Mainly because that job starts at 39k and is permanent fulltime. :)
catrionnarain
Apr. 6th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
good luck :)
Hope it all goes well :)
chantillary
Apr. 10th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
What do you mean by:

since there's a possibility of my shift ending at midnight.

When I did my test on Thursday, they told me that the shifts ould be ending at 10. Beyond that, they also said that the multiple shifts would only be during the high time from mid May to mid June.

Besides, if you get it, you're likely to be seeing all of your old relations from Ipsos working there. :) Especially since they need to hire 300 people. :>

William
paleshadow
Apr. 10th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
Odd. I must have misheard the lady, then. As I was on my cell phone and heading to school at the time, this is plausible. 10pm is much more manageable.

That said, an Ipsos reunion does not fill me with unalloyed joy, as there are surprisingly few people that worked there for whom I would be terribly sad if they were accidentally caught by the discharge of a flamethrower.

-D.
chantillary
Apr. 13th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
Gainful Employment
Well, I got a call form a young lady named Heather today, and Starting next week, I'll be gainfully employed again.

Census Operator, $11.88/h. Orientation Monday at 5, and Training Wednesday and Thursday from 3 - 9:30pm.

So, would you want me in front of, or behind the flamethrower? :>
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