Earlier this summer I found out the local Transit Authority was in desperate need of vehicle operators. While it wasn’t exactly my dream to graduate college and go on as a bus driver, the pay and benefits are very good (I’d start at 2x what I’m making now and the health benefits would save me thousands a year compared to my current insurance, increasing my effective income). Plus, there were many jobs there besides just operating a vehicle. My plan is to get hired in the entry level position and work my way up.
The process, unfortunately, is very, very slow. I applied back in June- and about three weeks after that I was given a date to take a test. The test is a customer service test to see if you have the right personality to deal with customers. There are no materials to study, which is kind of frustrating- many people fail the first time around and you have to wait 45 days to re-take it. As luck would have it, I barely passed (getting a 70 which happened to be the minimum passing score) and got put on a list for interviews.
Now the sucky part- I was notified of passing the test a month ago and still haven’t gotten notification of when to come in for an interview. I’m pretty confident I can get the job at this point, its the waiting that drives me nuts. If I pass the interview I then have 8 weeks of training, which I’d like to finish BEFORE I go on vacation in January, but the longer this takes the more likely I’ll have to wait until after my vacation to start training. Which will mean a six-month wait from when I applied to when I got hired (and even then, still no guarantee I’ll pass the training )
Has anyone else had to wait this long for a job? I’m sure a lot of people would say, “Why bother?” but the fact is this is the best job I’ve found benefits-wise in two years, and the rules regarding being prompt and consistent (+1 vacation day for every quarter of a year you don’t call in sick, and another bonus +1 vacation day if you don’t call in sick for an entire year) plus a pension.
I talked to my landlord, who currently works there. He said when he got hired 10 years ago, he didn’t get a chance to get interviewed (after 6 months they take you off the wait list) and actually had to retake the test. I’m really hoping that won’t happen to me. Its not like I’m desperate for a job, I’m just sick of what I’m doing now, and would like to move on to a job that would actually be worth working for more than 1 years (my current jobs don’t have raises that scale with inflation :mad: nor do they have any health benefits)