Thread: BNSF Employment
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Old 02-12-2006, 08:02 PM   #8
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Railroads are challenged to find qualified applicatants to fill litterally tens of thousands of jobs that need to be filled in the next few years. (Due to heavy retirements and expanding traffic). If your written application is halfway decent you should expect to get an interview. Many managers have told me they'll place an advertisement in a local paper offering jobs. Of the hundered or more people that might show up, around half will walk out when they hear they'll be subject to pre-employment drug / alcohol testing an later to random testing during their career. A few more walk out when they are told about being subject to call 24/7. Some will stay for the training and later leave when they learn what it is like to life like that.

If you are truly intersted in a railroad life, emphasize safety, but also an understanding of being on call, etc. For example, you might be able to demonstrate similiar experiences in the military or as a volunteer fireman, etc. Another plus would be experience with technology or following complex directions. A conductor has to understand air brakes, car inspections, haz mat regulations, etc. etc. Most of the time you are on your own with no direct supervision and so have to be reliable, organized, etc.
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