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I am applying (again) for a conductor position... this time with BNSF. Do any of the railroaders out there have any advice? Especially on what to say in the interview to sound enthusiastic, but NOT sound like a foamer with delusions of grandeur.

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Comment by Jeff Thomas on March 31, 2014 at 6:15pm

The saga continues... I just interviewed with the UP for a train crew position in Oakland. It sounded like they were looking for someone fairly local, and I live more or less an hour away. So that's one point for me at least.

Comment by jbriogrande on January 23, 2014 at 1:07pm

 Yep.....tough road Jeff...... I believe that being in the National Guard may preclude your ability to secure a railroad position.  Whether they are willing to admit it or not.......Keep trying........

Comment by Mike Davis on January 23, 2014 at 12:37pm

i hopeing that after my 4 to 8 years of CG service are up RR jobs in California will open up

Comment by Jeff Thomas on January 23, 2014 at 9:45am

JB, one of the big hurdles I face is being in the National Guard, and so am limited to CA positions, I plan to keep bugging them and other railroads

Comment by jbriogrande on January 23, 2014 at 8:58am

 Mike.....actually there are a lot of railroad jobs still out there.  Jordan will admit that I'm sure.  It is a matter of being in the right place at the right time.  If you want a job, you have to position yourself in the right area where the active hiring is going on.  If you apply for a job with a company in lets say Denver, Colorado, and the company has an opening in Salt Lake City, they are not likely to choose you as a candidate, unless you have a lot of railroading already under your belt.  A railroader has experienced the moves.....literally physically that must be made from time to time.  A new hire will most likely have to move fairly frequently, due to seniority rights, bids on jobs, and traffic ebbs and flows.  The company is very cautious about new hires, and their ability and willingness to move from one place to another.  Budget issues and canceling of classes generally is another excuse to pass over your application,.....however,.....this time of year is when most new hires are laid-off......due to traffic slowdowns........

Comment by Mike Davis on January 22, 2014 at 11:00pm

i heard a rumor that railroads are going to start binge hiring again in like 4 to 8 years

Comment by jbriogrande on January 22, 2014 at 10:35pm

Portland and Western Railroad

1200 Howard Drive SE

Albany, OR 97322    541-924-6565  Good Luck Jeff........

Comment by jbriogrande on January 22, 2014 at 10:28pm

 Keep bugging them......keep pushing them until you are blue in the face.  Give a call, E-mail, personal visit to Richmond,.....ask for a tour of the yard, and who you have to contact.  Make yourself a nuisance, and they will eventually give in,.....the dang SOB's.  It's the Admin.....not the line employees.  Tell them you want to start writing the 'book' ASAP.....Good Luck, and if nothing, go with the Norfolk Southern or go up and apply with Portland and Western, and get a good spot to live near Salem..Oregon.  Santa Fe can be a bitch to get into.........

Comment by Jordan on January 22, 2014 at 3:25pm

One of our major, high paying, on-line customers is starting to truck a lot of traffic to the UP for transload. Might explain wassup.

Comment by Chad Gustafson on January 22, 2014 at 3:15pm

Well this sucks. 

I'm sorry Mr. Thomas. I hope you'll get it the next time around! Keep applying! 

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