It is pretty well known that the 2010 census offers temporary job opportunities for those who are unemployed during these turbulent times.
As turbulent as they are for the employed, they are certainly all the more so for those of us such as myself who have been unemployed for months. In fact, the only income I have had has been with Associated Content. I hope one day that a sufficient number of “you” will think I am a sufficiently talented writer to make a livelihood writing free-lance. Until that day comes, I must take whatever work I can. I am not young, and I feel certain it is harder for me than for most individuals to find employment for that particular reason. Laws or no laws, people can discriminate if they are crafty enough.
I had initially been informed that the correct way to apply for the 2010 census in Virginia was to go to either Richmond or Roanoke with a filled-out application, identification, and a willingness to be interviewed and tested. But that would have meant quite a chunk of change for me, due to the cost of gasoline. When you have been unemployed for six months with no unemployment compensation, every cent you put out hurts!
But then, a friend who had worked taking census for three previous decades told me I didn’t have to bother with all that! She said all I had to do was to call a certain phone number locally and I could take the census “this Thursday” (today) at 11am. I did it! She was right! I took the test. I’m not boasting, but I got 100% on the exam. It looks good for me.
The examination was not easy. The only other one getting 100% was my friend. It covered some four basic sets of questions, and although I had enough time to complete the exam, there wasn’t a lot of time left over. It was a bit tricky, but not too bad. Then again, I have always loved taking tests.
The work, assuming I am hired, will be temporary – a mere 10 weeks! Not enough to starve on, but at least they do pay reasonably well – in the neighborhood of $13/hr. Although the primary job I applied for is census taker or census enumerator, I will tell them that I am also willing to do office work.
The early phases of work will involve verification of addresses of homes. Forms will be provided to householders, but there will doubtless need to be some personal visitations. Perhaps more than one at some locations. Training takes 40 hours, but one is compensated for it, and that is as good as work to me! I would much rather sit on my can and learn than do otherwise. Learning is fun.
Some would say this work should be a bit of a breeze for me, as I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and I go door to door all the time. Who do that more than we do, unless it is postal workers? But realistically, talking about the Bible and inquiring of personal matters are different matters. As census workers visit your home, will you be kind and courteous to them? I can at least guarantee one thing. I will do my best to be courteous to you. 2010 census, ready or not, here I come!