How does one go about getting hired by a major railroad?

They all seem to have websites and vacancies. If someone has a technical background in industry and post-secondary education, is it possible to get employment without knowing "insiders"? Is it like many industries where you need to know someone, or get experience on a small short line or something? is it still a viable option for most people, or are they super selective these days?

Asked By: LanceMiller77 - 8/28/2007
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If you want to get in to train service, you're education might help a little bit. They like people who are mechanically inclined, but the education in that field isn't necessary. I started with BNSF, and they tested us for mechanical aptitude at the initial interview. They like people who can figure things out on their... More
Answered By: Derail - 8/28/2007
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I'd like too now this one too...??? a cause if just had trouble info for the same job?
Answered By: bvbbaluv - 8/28/2007
Selective potential employers? Absolutely. Desirable jobs with no shortage of applicants. They'll take the best... More
Answered By: HOGHEAD - 8/29/2007
if you want to hire out with the bnsf they take all there applications and resumes on line now, go to and click on careers it will give you a listing of what jobs are available and locations. good luck
Answered By: Tbone - 8/29/2007
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