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Census Bureau looking to hire local citizens

Preparations are underway at the U.S. Census Bureau to conduct the 2010 Census.  Once every ten years an effort is made to count every person living in the United States and its territories.  In order to complete this huge undertaking, the Census Bureau will be hiring hundreds of thousands of census takers in support of peak census operations.
Local testing opportunities for temporary employment with the Census Bureau will begin Monday, Feb. 1st, at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. in the Grady Room at the Roddenbery Memorial Library. Testing will continue throughout the month of February with the next testing date set for Saturday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. at the Grady Room.
The Census Bureau is currently looking for friendly and outgoing people to conduct in-person interviews with community residents who do not return their 2010 Census questionnaire.  These temporary, part-time positions offer good pay and flexible hours, and you will mostly work in your own community.
There’s also the satisfaction of contributing to this important task.  The Census Bureau is mobilizing such a large force to insure that every person is counted.  The census data collected are used as vital information for community improvements, transportation planning, educational services, and even emergency preparedness.
It’s also used to determine your community’s representation in government and to direct hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding, allocated for local projects, such as highways and bridges, public health, and community based programs.
The 2010 Census questionnaire will be delivered to every household in the spring of 2010.  It contains a few simple questions that allow every man, woman, and child in that household to be counted.  Heads of households are then required by law to complete and return it for tabulation.  However, some questionnaires are not returned.  That’s where someone like you can help in contacting those in your community who did not return the questionnaire and interviewing them directly for this vital information.
2010 Census job applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, be able to pass a background check and a take 30-minute, multiple-choice test that measures knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform a variety of census jobs, including basic clerical, reading, number and organization skills.  In most cases, workers will be required to have a valid driver’s license and have use of a vehicle.
While U.S. citizenship is required for census jobs, exceptions are possible in areas where bilingual abilities are needed, and no U.S. citizens are available.
All temporary census employees will attend specialized job training.  Training sessions can be conducted on weekdays, evenings, and weekends and, of course, all trainees will be paid their normal hourly rate for their time.
For additional information about 2010 Census jobs, or to take a practice employment test, please visit their web site at  www.2010censusjobs.gov.  To schedule an appointment to take the employment test, call toll free at: 1-866-861-2010. TTY callers: please use the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.  

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