The national unemployment rate is hovering around 10 percent, but the good news is that the upcoming 2010 census will create hundreds of thousands of temporary, part-time jobs across the United States.
Every 10 years, the government is required to count every man, woman and child in the U.S.
The census is a massive undertaking that requires the work of more than one million people.
That means hundreds of thousands of temporary, part-time census-taker jobs will be created to assist with the count. This should come as great news to job hunters who are looking for ways to pull in a paycheck, even if from a part-time and temporary job.
A part-time job with the Census Bureau can help pay bills while still leaving the job hunter time to look for permanent employment.
Job hunters can apply for jobs with the Census Bureau now, but most hiring will take place during the spring.
Census takers usually work in their own communities, going door-to-door, conducting brief interviews with households that did not return their questionnaire.
Census takers work approximately 20 hours to 40 hours per week and are paid weekly.
An applicant's chances of getting a job with the Census Bureau depend on many factors, such as the availability of work in the community, test scores, number of hours available for census work, and veterans' preference.
Being able to speak a second language fluently is a sought-after quality.
Applicants will need to be flexible. Census work is usually conducted on weekends and during evening hours, when most people are at home and available for census questions.
The Better Business Bureau and the U.S. Census Bureau recommend that interested individuals take the following steps to apply for a job with the 2010 Census:
- Review the Census Bureau's Jobs Web site -- www.2010censusjobs.gov -- to see if you qualify.
- Call (866) 861-2010 to learn about available jobs, and contact your local Census Bureau office to schedule an appointment to take the basic skills test. While you can't necessarily study to take the test, you can see a sample test online to practice and prepare for the types of questions asked.
- Fill out the appropriate application and take it with you on the day of your testing.
You'll also want to bring your I-9 Form and proper identification when you take the test.
- Follow up on your test results and the status of your application with your local Census office by contacting them directly.
For more information on the 2010 census, visit www.2010census.gov.
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