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dbask27 wrote:I heard there was this book called getarailjob. Its suppose to help you with things on your resume and DO'S N Dont's. I necer read but did research and other people say it's good. This books is suppose to help you atleast get invited to a session.You don't need the book. You can get first hand and up to date information on this forum.
drewg350 wrote:They DO NOT want people who think they know about RRing. In fact, even if you have experience in some cases, it's best if you not mention it. Almost every freight RR (accept CN and CP) prefer's to hire "freshmeat" as opposed to guys with experience. Seems they believe it's easier to mold them to their standards and make's them better train crew's. Personally I disagree, however that's the reality. I know for a fact at my terminal if you mention any knowledge regarding RRing at the interview, my Super won't give you a chance.This is not entirely true! BNSF and UP gladly hire experienced railroaders from other class I's or short lines. It's true not to mention anything about rail fanning or Trains magazine. There have been some bad apples in the past who were convinced that they already knew it all since they follow the industry very closely.
drewg350 wrote: I never said that was 100% the case, however it does seem to happen an awful lot: guys with experience are passed over in favor of guys without any. Now if it happens to be a location the carrier is having a difficult time filling, than they'll drop their standards and start accepting applicants who might not be considered in other places. So nothing is 100% certain one way or the other.We have folks who came from other class I's and short lines. Just last hew hire class had 2 guys from the short line. BNSF's theory is, if they managed not to get hurt working elsewhere, we can easily conform them to our standards and policy's. Now if that applicant from other railroad has had some discipline issues, they will find out and he will not get hired. No offense Drew, but I am sure glad not to work NS or CSX.... this place is a paradise compared to eastern RR's.