Wednesday, October 15, 2008

So Ya Wanna Work for the Railroad

Are you in it for the money-- or the glory? That's what they asked my husband at his interview, and what his conductor school instructor asked on the first day of class. Whether it's your life's ambition or just another way to get a great paycheck and the best benefits around, you'll be competing with hundreds of other applicants for just a few open positions. The good news is that due the aging population of railroad workers, there's lots of positions open- for the moment. And rising gas prices are going to help with the expansion of the railroad industry.

In this blog I will share with you how my husband got his job, which resources were most helpful, and I will also share with you any resources I come across as I look to support his new career. Check back often Oh, and by the way-- the correct answer to the first question is YOU ARE IN IT FOR THE MONEY. If you're in it for the glory, the RR doesn't want you. So even if you're a lifetime subscription holder to Trains Magazine, even if you spend your freetime operating railroad simulators on your computer, keep it to yourself. As far as everyone else is concerned, you're in it for the money.

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