Thursday, May 8, 2008

First Cut:

"So what made you interested in a job with the railroad?"

I think I answered her coherently, I'm not sure. I may have blithered a little bit. I'm certain I let at least one small giggle out. Whatever it was I said must have been enough.

I've made the first cut, you see. My resume and application were accepted by the Kansas City Southern Railroad Company, and an HR agent contacted me this afternoon to set up an in-person interview in Baton Rouge on the 13th for the position of Conductor Trainee at the KCS Latanier Yard just outside of town here.

So what I need now, more than anything, is for everyone out there who gives even the slightest whit about me to send good thoughts, pray heartfelt prayers, spin prayer wheels, burn incense or do stuff with your chakra for me.

Steel wheels here I come. I hope.

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Blogger Todd said...

I just did the same thing for UP last month. I had applied for train crew service. They offered me a job after being invited to a hiring session. It would have been my dream job. Something I've wanted to do since I was a kid. I had to decline. I would have taken a significant pay cut and the benefits package was not as "cadillac" as my current package. The vacation schedule was also a bit of a downer. You eventually get 5 weeks (which I have now) but not until after 25 years of service!

I do have the satisfaction of getting hired for my dream job, however. I guess being a railfan/photographer will have to suffice!

June 10, 2008 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Irrelephant said...

Todd, I've been avoiding updating here for the same reason--I was as good as hired, had aced the interview, and declined. In short? My family. I simply couldn't leave them for that long. It's a good feeling, though, to know that you could have had it if you wanted, isn't it? *g*

June 10, 2008 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Todd said...

I had blogged about the situation here. After I really decided that it wouldn't be the best thing for me I posted.

June 19, 2008 at 11:41 AM  

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