Due to cleaning, hosting the holidays, and a Census Bureau test, I won't be here

@writersedge (22579)
United States
December 22, 2008 4:50pm CST
even as much as I have been. The Census Bureau test is Dec. 29, 2008. Sunday, it was in the newspaper about it. So I have to finishe cleaning, my husband will do most of the cooking. Then we have the holidays, and then I start studying for the test. $11 to $18 an hour and part-time. I figure subbing will slow down after the holidays and by 2010, I may need to supplement my income. So check your local Census Bureau and see if they're hiring. In the meantime, if you like answering my questions, I have some that have zero or responses or one asking me what I meant that you might want to check out: What cartoons have you thought were really inspired/timely/right on the money? The above could be political cartoons or regular ones. Have you ever used a surveyor's transit? How does one work? When did you use it? Does anyone know any crafts using milkweed? This one, if you search milkweed and crafts, you will see poinsettias (they paint them red. History and milkweed will get you some interesting things, too. If you would like to take a practice Census test: www.census.gov/2010censusjobs/documents/Practice_Test.pdf. You can see from the practice how well you would do and what kind of skills are required (provided the test actually reflects the job). Take care and thanks for checking this discussion out.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
23 Dec 08
Not only did I already take the practice test, (and did really bad because it had a lot of math), I called the local office leaving my name and number and they didn't return my call..So I guess I won't be doing this, but I am sure you will do good..
• United States
23 Dec 08
I don't have problems in vocab, but in math..And you are right, I should study, but I absolutely hate decimals and algebra..I know some of it, and if I studied I can pass a test in it, but to use it on a job where if I made a mistake, would make me very nervous, because I forget easily..Funny isn't it, in English, the hardest language to learn, I can ace a test, but I can study and study math and though I get it, I forget it easily too.. I will save these sites and see if I can't tone up my skills..But another problem would be the local office..It is over 50 miles away form me and without a car, and the fact that it is in the opposite direction from where my husband works, I may not be able to get there if that is where the testing is..
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
24 Dec 08
I know you don't have problems with vocab, neither do I. But it is a study technique. Do what you love, then what you don't like, then what you love, then what you don't like. Besides, these vocab questions are challenging. Bet you can't get or even maintain level 45.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
24 Dec 08
Let me tell you a story. Years ago, I wanted a job. I went for the interview. I did the interview and they told me to wait outside. They had told all of us to wait. Then they called us back in. I was told that I didn't have the job and asked if I had any questions. I told them I really wanted to work for them. I asked them what they were looking for. They said I needed experience with their population (people with 60 IQ or lower) and they were looking for someone who knew sign language. I asked how I could get experience. They told me to go to the houses and that one was in my neighborhood and start there. I said I would ask around about the sign language. They told me where there were classes that, of course, I couldn't afford. So I asked around and a friend told me about a church that taught sign language for free. I also went to one of the ARC houses, they said that someone was leaving in a few weeks and they would call me then. So I learned sign language for free and then got a job in the houses. Couldn't go to church because I was working those days. But then I could afford and was off for the classes that cost money. Time went on, I got the experience and the job I really wanted which was more pay, regular weekday hours, and just better all the way around. They gave me an excellent recommendation for a job where I later made an incredible amount of money. The census job might be wrong for you. But pre-algebra is taught in 2nd grade, the beginnings of it and by 5th or 6th (at least in NY State, I've noticed this subbing), the kids are where I was in high school. So you need to brush up to teach the kids or you won't even be able to help your son with his math homework soon.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
23 Dec 08
Is the job working for the Census Bureau something you can do at home? That's a reasonable amount of pay for part time work. You are such a busy lady. Don't know how you do it. Think I have responded to most of the discussions you mentioned above. Your discussions are good and varied.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
23 Dec 08
I believe the Census job is one where you go door to door and record answers for people who can't. Like the Elderly, Blind, etc. We had a Census taker come to our house once and she double checked everything my Mother had recorded to make sure she hadn't filled-in anything in error. We had a Census taker at college come and make sure that we only filled it out there and to call our parents to tell them not include us in the Census they did at home. I want to give up the Pet Food Sales job. I'm getting worse at it all the time. After 1 1/2 years, it's hard to act excited about Pet Food, even the new line they have out now. No one responded to the Cartoon one or the transit one. One response to the milkweed one was to ask what milkweed looked like. I'm glad you like how varied my discussions have been. They do tend to take a trend like subbing right now. I think a lot of subbing ones will be coming. But also holidays, relatives, health, etc. Take care and thanks.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
23 Dec 08
I recall reading the discussion about milkweed and sure thought I responded. I did look at the census site and the main office is in a part of our town that I wouldn't venture alone. The pay is good but not something I would have an interest in doing unless it was closer to my house. Going door to door would kill my back so wouldn't have that interest. I had a demonstration job once upon a time and loved it. Because of the organizational skills in their office, I left. I was sent all over and to the wrong stores. It happened twice and I was gone. I thought it was fun to give out free samples.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
24 Dec 08
Yes, I will miss the people at PetSmart. Seeing them every week is nice, but the weather and the way the parking lot is kept is horrible. I did a 180 with my car in the parking lot last week, hit an icy spot. Plus I'm not increasing sales anymore. Time for me to move on. Besides, not enough money for me to pay bills and I can't work weekdays and weekends, too. You answered a question I had about Helium Articles in which I asked people to check out my most resent ones. My most recent one at the time was the Milkweed article. But months before I did the article. I had thought about writing it and wanted to know what other people had been doing. So I put a discussion on here and only one person responded asking what milkweed was. I am hoping I can walk to most of the places and I can do my own neighborhood. It would be the perfict walking/sitting for me. But we shall see how it turns out. Take care.
@vanities (11375)
• Davao, Philippines
22 Dec 08
hi writersedge..you really got a busy schedule for this holiday season..which means you will not be here for the discussion on this site ..anyway i wish you joy on this holiday season and good luck for the census thing...nope i havent used a surveyor's transit and have no knowledge about it too.....
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
23 Dec 08
I'll be here less, but not entirely gone. Maybe the cartoon question then? Sounds like you've been busy, too.
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