Railroad jobs are extremely lucrative. The wages are phenomenal and the retirement system is one of the best. This all sounds great, but you’ve gotta have experience right? You don’t have any, and your wondering how to get a railroad job with no experience.
I have good news. You can get a railroad job with no experience. That’s right, none is needed at all.
That’s right. Most railroad jobs don’t require any experience. All that they usually ask for, is two years of prior work history. That’s why you see so many young bucks on the railroad. I was 22 years old when I hired out, and there was even a 19 year old in my class!
Because railroad jobs are so lucrative, they are competitive. So much so, that the railroads conduct group “hiring sessions”. Let me explain.
If you apply for a railroad job, make it past the initial screening, and pass the online assessment, you’ll get an invite to show up for an interview. But the interview really isn’t an interview. You’ll be in a room with 10-25 other people, and it will start off with a speech that is about an hour long. They’ll tell you how much the job stinks, and the will try to get you to leave.
The way they try to get you to leave is clever and it gets a lot of people. But that is a long story so I saved it for my book that I am working on.
After the speech, whoever is left will wait for their “interview”. It usually goes in some order such as alphabetical, or by the time that you signed in.
The actual interview is probably unlike any other job interview you’ve been to. It won’t even last five minutes. They have a few questions they will ask, then you’ll be on your way.
But the questions aren’t even really questions.I’ll explain. They are really just asking you if you are 100% sure that you understood everything they talked about in the speech.
Now the waiting game…
Chances are, if you made it that far and you didn’t do anything crazy or make yourself stand out in a bad way, you’ll probably get the job. It will usually be a week or two before you get the email saying you are (conditionally) hired.
Now the next part is where you could run into trouble. You will have to complete a short physical fitness test, and medical examination (with drug screen).
Your blood pressure will be checked, your body mass/weight will be checked, and you will have to complete a short cardio exercise where they will check your pulse before, during, and after.
This part is what disqualifies most candidates. It’s important to do whatever you can to live a healthier lifestyle when you apply. It really doesn’t take much. Anything you do will help.
Now I’m not saying you need to lose 50 pounds and run a marathon. Whatever little things you can do will add up.
Try to eat a little healthier, go for a short walk every day, maybe a run here and there. Drink more water, cut 1 or 2 cigarettes out of your day. You get the picture.
There’s always a few candidates that don’t have any major health issues, but get disqualified because their pulse was a little high, or their body mass was a little too high.
Assuming you pass the drug screen, medical evaluation, and physical test, you’ve got the job.
Pretty simple, huh? There is a ton more to know that will help you know exactly how to get a railroad job with no experience, but there’s just too much to share in one post. I’ll go into more detail soon!