Friday, November 21, 2008

A Flunk-ee on Probation

Yesterday I didn't post about all the tests I took. I'd applied for three county jobs in the neighboring state. They sent me three letters, all packed into one envelope (encouraging that they are saving on postage!) Each of the three letters said the same thing in a slightly different manner: I needed to pass some tests to be considered for the job.

The County Courthouse is downtown. Parking, except on meters is difficult to come by and now I'm not able to walk for blocks and blocks. When my old job's old office was downtown, I became adept at finding free parking and fitting into the tightest of spots. If the parking spot was even a tiny bit larger than the Jeep, I could somehow get into it. Now, faced with tests that would take up most of the day, I really didn't want to have to keep plugging a parking meter. To my joy and amazement, I found a FREE parking space less than a block from the Courthouse! That was truly a miracle to find a free parking spot right downtown, at 10:00 AM. I wish the tests had turned out to be miracles too, but that was not to be.

I took the first test, Information Specialist I. It was long and rather difficult with two hours allowed for it. I think I did OK, good enough to pass, I hope. There was an addendum to it called the "Bookkeeping Test" that passing would qualify one to be listed for County Auditor jobs. I took the Bookkeeping Test even though I really haven't done much bookkeeping for years. It seemed to go OK. After taking those two tests I took the Information Specialist II test, two hours allowed. That actually seemed easier than the I test, not as much math on it--and no calculators were allowed for the tests--not even for the Bookkeeping Test which had calculating interest and adding up columns of figures.

Then it was on to the performance tests but the computer room was filled up. The attendant asked if I wanted a break while waiting for an opening. I took a break in the Courthouse coffee shop and had a tiny little coffee and a half tuna sandwich. Both were little but very good. Thus fortified I returned to the testing office for the performance tests.

Took the typing test and passed at 58 WPM. I always put that I can do 60 WPM but I guess not, anymore. The last test was a MS Word 2002 test. I used that program all of the time at my former job and know it well. The attendant sat with me through the sample test, in which I got one wrong that she said, "That wasn't wrong!" That didn't bode well for the test.

I have to hang my head and tell you--I didn't pass that last test. I thought I knew how to do everything but one question, but obviously I missed far more than one question to flunk the test! You were asked to click on the first thing you would do to perform the given task. They seemed to allow only one way to do things and apparently that wasn't the way I was used to doing those things. Very discouraging and I don't know how to even study up to take it again.

The good news is that I CAN take that test again, but who knows if I'll do any better at it. At least I will look up the one thing I didn't know how to do, so there will be one more correct answer, maybe.

The Worker's Comp person called me today between visitations to ask about all the testing too, so I had to tell her about needing to re-take the test. She wasn't impressed and told me I needed to get some training. During our last meeting she told me that I couldn't go out of town to visit my son, his girlfriend and grandson, not even during the holidays. Worker's Comp wants me to either be working or applying for jobs. Reminding her that I've been working 7 days a week didn't change her mind about that, either. That's why I was so thrilled and happy to hear that son and grandson would be coming here to visit--since I'm not allowed to go there to see them. Now THAT is a miracle, thank goodness!

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Blogger meggie said...

What type of Nazis won't let your visit your son & grandson??? Don't they realise people need people to be healthy? Both mentally & physically!
I hope you enjoy your visit!

Thank you very much for visiting mine, & leaving me a comment. I do appreciate it!

1:53 AM  
Blogger Michael Manning said...

You know I am SO in tour corner about getting a job, PBS. I dislike how we have become automatons with the computerized / Web Site stuff. Hang in there and persevere. You will make it!!!!!!:)

9:22 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

I'd probably fail everything, miserably if I had to take those tests! Especially anything computer-related! Good luck qualifying for one or more of the jobs. Our library offers free computer classes. Maybe yours does too? Or maybe they'd be too elementary.....

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bloody Hell...Workers Comp are treating you like a criminal on parole for heavens sake. That is disgusting. Why do you have to keep looking for a job if you're already working? I don't get it.

I hope you enjoy your visit with your son and grandson and don't feel bad about failing that last test. I don't think I did very well in something similar. We all have our own methods for doing things on the computer and I remember doing a test like that at an agency where the questions were very limiting.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Dotm said...

Good luck, I hope you find a job that is interesting and one you enjoy.

7:46 PM  
Blogger BikerCandy said...

Man, are you still living in America? I mean come on, that is ridiculous that those a-holes won't let you go visit your son. You are not on probation or parole or anything. Geez...and then there are people out there that are milking the system for years and years and I sure don't see them out looking for a job everyday while they are working at another job. You have much more patience than I would ever have.

I do hope you have a great time with your grandbaby. Sounds like you have nothing but tons of love for that little boy!

8:07 AM  
Blogger PBS said...

Since I now have the poor person's cell phone, a Go-Phone, I could ssnneeaakk down there to visit without WC's finding out about long as it was only a couple of days. But you didn't hear that from me :) because technically I'm not allowed to leave a 50-mile radius (the job-hunting radius).

9:56 AM  
Blogger Walker said...

Before you take the test again maybe you can take a workshop on how its done if they want it done a certain way and ace the test.
We use to many shortcuts after we learn how a ceertain program works.

Oh and tell your worknams comp persone to F@#$K0^%
Every one gets time off even she does.

2:35 PM  

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