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. ^_^