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November 12, 2004 at 8:07 am #796
Hello, all! I applied to RPS for a couple of different vehicle repair jobs that were open about 3 weeks ago, but the only things I had recieved back were verifications. I realize that this was too late for a summer contract, but if and when they do contact me on these applications what can I expect? Does RPS do their recruiting just before the season change? What is the initiation like? Take care and stay warm!November 13, 2004 at 10:32 pm #7939SciencetechKeymaster
Hmm, this is pretty late in the season… It takes so long to get processed that it might be near station close (February) before you’d actually get to the Ice.
It would be unusual to hire someone now — unless they were winter-over positions? Hard to say what’s going on without more info. Hiring is usually done 3-6 months ahead of time. If all you want is a summer position, it might be best to re-apply at the job fair next April or May.
If they do contact you, it will likely be for a phone interview. They’ll typically know within a few minutes of chatting whether they want to hire you. If so, they’ll send you an offer letter, then the PQ packet — masses of paperwork. This alone often scares people away! If there is an “initiation”, it’s just that: the hiring process is difficult enough to weed out applicants who aren’t serious.
The PQ process, getting Physically Qualified, can take weeks or months, depending on your situation and how aggressive you are about jumping through all the hoops. Once you pass, they give you plane ticket and off you go. From there it’s pretty much just another job, but in an interesting and exotic location.November 14, 2004 at 3:32 am #7940
Thank you for the reply! Yeah, I knew that it was way too late for a summer position this year, and I don’t think that I would want to try a winter over on the first time there. I was basically interested in how their application process goes. Do you have to do your own PQ(getting physicals done locally)? If they start interviewing 3-6 months ahead of the summer season, I would want to reapply between April and July, correct? Is the job fair an online thing, or something that I would have to go to? Again, thank you for the information, and take care on the Ice.November 15, 2004 at 3:13 am #7941SciencetechKeymaster
Do you have to do your own PQ(getting physicals done locally)?
For people who live in Colorado it’s often easiest to use the physicians and testing centers near the RPSC office — they’re familiar with the paperwork and they know the system. For all the rest of us, it’s DIY at our local docs and dentists. It’s usually not much of a problem, but the blood and urine analyses have to be done “just so”, and the mountain of forms and instructions often confuses clinic labs.
If they start interviewing 3-6 months ahead of the summer season, I would want to reapply between April and July, correct? Is the job fair an online thing, or something that I would have to go to?
Yeah, your timeframe is correct.
The job fair is usually held at a hotel somewhere in south Denver in April or May; the date and location is announced on the company website (polar.org) a couple months in advance. You don’t have to go to it, but it’s a lot more effective than pitching applications and resumes into the RPSC black-hole from afar. The most persistent applicants (and often successful ones) fly in from all over the country just to flit around the job fair for a few minutes making contacts.November 15, 2004 at 5:25 am #7942
Thanks, Glenn! I would probably get a family doctor to do the physical, blood/urine testing as they would be more apt to handle the paperwork. The job fair seems pretty doable since I can get reasonable flights from Hawaii!February 18, 2005 at 5:20 am #7943
april 8-9th 2005 centennial co -jobfair -rpsc
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