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So that didn't work...

Thanks for all the words of encouragement. I'm just getting some of them because LJ must be having problems with its notification emails. e_e

Anyway, I handed in my transfer request when I got to work this afternoon, and about 4pm I got a voicemail on my phone from HR. The position was offered to an outside candidate this morning. -_-' So I went to talk for HR lady and she tells me that there are a couple higher-level secretarial positions available and they're both in the internal offer only timeframe. I.e., no outside competition if I apply now.

The only problem is that there is a 50wpm requirement, and my typing speed test from Kelly about 3 years ago was in the low 40s. (42 I think.) HR lady says they'd consider me if I can get a score of 47-49wpm. My big problem with this is that they make applicants take the typing test through the Iowa Workforce Development centers, and when I went there to try to get an improved score for the secretarial position that was available when I applied for the position I have now, I couldn't get higher than 30wpm. The problem is that their setup is very awkward. The keyboards were set up on a swing-arm below the desk, the monitor was very close to the front of the desk, and the chair wsan't adjustable. I can probably clear 47wpm at the computer I'm at at work right now, but they don't do that. >.< HR lady says the Cedar Rapids center might be better, but she doesn't know. IC might have updated their computers and made the arrangement better, but I'll have to go try, I guess. I also believe they limit it to 3 tries a day and report the best result.

On the plus side, if I get one of the positions, it's a three grade promotion, regular days (M-F, 8a-4:30p, which were my hours as a temp), holidays off. Did I mention three grade promotion? That'd actually probably more than make up for the loss of the night differential. (It's about 53c/hr less if they start me at the minimum, but we shall see, hopefully.)

So, if you could re-wish me luck or transfer the focus of that luck, I'd really appreciate it. ^_^

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entrenous
Jun. 22nd, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
Man, I can't believe people still take the whole WPM thing seriously, what with pretty much everyone having to use a computer these days in the workforce. Still, good luck to ya, I hope it works out. :)
mandydax
Jun. 22nd, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
I know... I'm like, "I have a voice recognition plug-in for Word. Can I just use that instead?" :P

PS: I'm sad SG-1's over. :(
entrenous
Jun. 22nd, 2007 06:33 am (UTC)
Oh god yeah, tell me about it. Always happens to me--I discover something about 10 years too late than I should have. SG-1, for example, late last year after resisting it for almost 9 years. Ah well.

Good luck on your typing test. I'm crossing my fingers so you don't have to. Makes it hard to type that way.
mandydax
Jun. 22nd, 2007 08:37 am (UTC)
Still, there are like 8+ days of it if you want to marathon it 24/7 ^_^
primateperson
Jun. 22nd, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
Type like the wind!
dormouse_in_tea
Jun. 22nd, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
*rents a backhoe to move all the luck*
snakewich
Jun. 23rd, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
It sounds like the other positions might be better than the one that is no longer available.

Don't wory about the wpm, I am sure you will do fine, no matter the setup.

I wish you the best of luck.
ladypentacles
Jun. 24th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC)
www.freetypingtest.com

AND MUCH MUCH LUCK AND LOVE!!
mandydax
Jun. 24th, 2007 05:55 am (UTC)
learn2type.com

Thank you! We shall see.
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