I’m going through a slight burn-out phase at work. I’ve been working 11 a.m. till close every day (9 or 10 p.m.), sometimes even getting called in early because of a big order. And of course, I still do work at home from 8 till 11 a.m. It’s taking its toll.
I’m a worker, though. I’ve always worked. I take immense pride in a job-well-done. Every former employer that I’ve had has told me that they would hire me back immediately. That makes me feel good. I’ve heard that we humans should be humble, but dammit, I’m proud of my accomplishments and of my work experience.
It’s infuriating to see such high unemployment, thousands of people lining up for jobs everywhere else but in Baker City. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve received over 200+ applications after running our recent cruitment ad. Yet barely anyone had any positive work experience, most didn’t have a driver’s license, or worse, their references just laughed when I called. I’ve been on the other side of that phone call, when all I can do is drop my jaw incredulously that a previous employee who wronged us actually lists us as a reference.
Check out the line of applicants at the Olive Garden in Bend:
Unbelievable, right? Over 700 applicants for 165 jobs.
Another restaurant, 5 Spice Fusion and Sushi, received 500 applications in November for only 25 positions. (PS: My folks went there for dinner and were blown away, so if you live in Bend please go try it!)
Kohl’s department store is opening in Bend as well, and all 117 positions were filled in 2-hours. TWO HOURS! These are minimum wage jobs that people are lining up for.
Today, Whitey’s former employers (and friends of ours) 10-Barrel Brewing Company took in over 400+ applications for 30 positions.
– wow –
People need to take any job that’s offered to them if they’re out of work (or work their arses off at the job they have to keep it). Hard work, ethics, and loyalty to those who are signing your paychecks are valuable traits to have in an employee, and smart employers realize this. They reward it. But bite the hand that feeds you and you can kiss your paycheck goodbye.
While they don’t make as much as working at Satchel’s, our crew averages over $13 an hour. Last month our top employee made over $17 an hour. That’s good money for a town that has a household median income of $29K. That’s “I can buy a house” money.
We just hired someone from out-of-town. He recently graduated with degrees in History and Elementary Education. When he mentioned this in his interview, Whitey and I smiled at each other and shared an inside joke.
He and Whitey have exactly the same college degrees.
I often tell the story of my sales assistant years ago who had $30K worth of student loans. She was working an hourly wage, barely making ends meet, but she proudly displayed her college degree in a Dollar Tree frame on her desk. Very expensive paperwork.
Experience is everything. Being professor-taught isn’t as big a deal…
UNLESS you’re a doctor about to cut me open. I don’t want a Medical Doctor, a Dentist, a Psychologist or Attorney who is “self-taught”.
Everyone else? Work experience is key. Get a job, do it right, be the BEST at it you can be, regardless of your title. If you’re worth your salt, you’ll move up in your career. I promise. But if you’re lazy, a liar, or not loyal, you’ll continue to be that guy filling out applications which list 6-months at every job.
And employers notice.