A representative with the Census Bureau announced that the Sharp County area is in need of supervisors as well as the field representatives. The Bureau has not hired enough in the Sharp County area .
The test for the supervisory positions requires applicants to take a different test than that for the field positions and must be requested prior to testing.
Testing will be given in Sharp County on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. at the Highland City Hall and at 2 p.m. at Cherokee Village City Hall until the end of March or until all positions are filled. An alternate location is at the Black Rock Volunteer Fire Department located at 370 Elm Street in Black Rock at 7 p.m. on Thursday and at 2 p.m. most Saturdays. It is recommended to call prior to making the trip for the Saturday testing.
The local representative said it is important to come early to take the test. Applicants who think they might want to work for the census are encouraged to take the test, in the event they are hired, they can then refuse the job but cannot go back and take the test after the testing period ends.
After the applicant takes the test, a criminal background check is conducted and then those hired are contacted by phone. After the jobs are accepted, applicants are then interviewed and the mandatory 3-4 day training session is set up which is very flexible and works with most any schedule, including being offered on nights and weekends.
The hours to be worked vary with many being during evening and weekend hours when most people are home. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident or noncitizen with a valid work visa and possess a bilingual skill for which there are no available qualified U.S. citizens. Other requirements are that the applicant be at least 18 years of age with a valid social security number and driver's license. Males born after Dec. 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.
The process is very easy; appointments are recommended but not required. To set up an appointment call 1-866-861-2010. Then show up at one of the testing locations 15 minutes early with two forms of identification, including a driver's license and social security card or other document to establish identity and then fill out the application and take the test.
The local representative says these jobs offer very competitive wages plus mileage and are ideal for someone desiring part-time temporary work.
For more information on census jobs in the area, those interested may visit the 2010 census Web site at http://2010.census.gov/2010census/.