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I'm excited! (for once)

November 28th, 2008 at 09:35 am

So I am mailing in an application to take the civil service test to work in the actual court system, instead of freelance work!!! There's no scheduled test date yet, but word in the court reporting community is it's coming up soon.

If I get to work for the courts, I'll be SALARIED, no more of this commission stuff making life so stressful day to day wondering how much my checks are going to be for. A salary would be awesome! Also a HUGE thing would be the benefits that I assume state or county employees get, and being that we pay $450 a month for my husband's health insurance, that will be HUGE. The salary starts around $44,000, BUT I would also get paid for the transcripts that I do produce which could be anywhere from an extra $10,000 to $30,000 a year, depending. So that combined with the benefits AND *gasp* paid vacation would be AWESOME!!!

I'm actually not too worried about the test, although I will practice at home for it. Not to sound all high and mighty, but I know I do my job very well. The test is 225 words a minute for 5 minutes and I have to transcribe that, and then that's what it gets graded on. Then you get put on a list according to your score and they go down the list when they need people...

So yeah. It would be great. : )

I spent this week relaxing and cleaning up, looking for stuff to sell. I was happy that the house was in a somewhat good order for once. Our last foster dogs, the mom and her puppies, of course caused a LOT of mess!! I do miss them though. I was considering not fostering for a few months or so just to take a break, but then I got a call about a deaf AND blind one-year-old dog. I haven't met him yet (later tonight) but how could I resist not helping that poor soul?? I guess he's been living outside all his life. So a deaf and blind dog with no house manners whatsoever. I'm up for the challenge.

6 Responses to “I'm excited! (for once)”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    What a nice thing to do. Good luck on the job.

  2. Analise Says:

    What an excellent prospect. Not only will it be great to have a salaried position (no more guessing what the paycheck will be) but civil service/government jobs tend to have excellent retirement benefits as well as the other benefits you mention. Good luck!

  3. lizajane Says:

    Wow. Good luck with the job AND the dog. That sounds like a handful!

  4. Koppur Says:

    That sounds great! Good luck on the test!

  5. fern Says:

    Oh, what a good person you are to help that dog...

    Your post reminded me of my interest in court reporting many years ago. It sounds interesting.

    I remember i was very fast in steno, remember that? When i was in high school, that is. Sadly, when you don't use it regularly, you forget it quickly. I used it for several years after college when i worked as a news reporter, but after that, i totally forgot it. It's the kind of thing that really would come in handy. Oh well.

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    Good luck with the job lead. What a blessing you are to come into that dogs life! I hope it works out for all.

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