Job searches

August 1, 2007

I’m sure that all of you have, at one time or another applied for a job. Being as I’m in the recruiting and placement industry, I don’t know that I’m an expert, but I’m probably more so than most people. It seems to me that if a person is looking for a job, that person would actually want to work, or would at least pretend to want to work until they got paid, or until they win the PowerBall lottery. It amazes me that there are those people who make no pretenses about being lazy, disinterested or in any other way non-conforming to the standard of working peoples of the world. Kudos to them for not showing two-facedness or deception in their behavior, I guess.

It is particularly aggravating that many people will accept a job only because they are desperate, and not because they are actually interested in a job. I understand that people need to pay bills, so do I. My aggravation is directed toward the fact that they haven’t planned ahead, and so they take a job out of desperation. Most don’t intend to stay at this job, in fact, they are looking for a job or waiting for a second interview while they are working at this job. When the new job comes in, they just leave, many times without notice, and just as many times they do so in the middle of a shift. This is detrimental to their future job searches, as well as to the employer’s work load forecasting and planning.

What this creates is a cyclical nuisance that is called turnover. It is expected that a company will experience some turnover. People change interests in jobs, and decide to move to a different place in their lives. I get that.. that’s ok. When a labor market like Salt Lake City’s is using call center and customer service jobs as temporary solutions to the money issue, this throws the whole situation into a volatile place, where larger companies are throwing money at the employees to get them to come work for them. Smaller companies are not able to compete realistically with the wages, and so lose out on really solid talent and skillsets.

Every once in a while, an employee will take a job for lesser pay because he or she likes the job, the company or something about the environment. Memo to lucky employers who experience this: Keep them on board.. you may NEVER get someone to replace that person. Lots of people blame a lot of different events for turnover, such as the amount of time it takes to drive to work, the pay rate, the environment, training, personality conflicts, etc. The #1 reason as far as I’m concerned is because generally, the only people companies are able to employ for low wages are the people who don’t care or who aren’t employable by anyone paying a higher wage.

There’s a lesson in turnover and the Salt Lake City Job Market… enjoy!



Being born all over again…

August 1, 2007

Greetings, world! This is the first post on my blog. Never blogged before, though. Funny how life moves so quickly and we never get much chance to do what we want to. I’m not going to be concerned with how my page reads as much as I will concern myself that my thoughts are adequately expressed the way I’m inclined to do so.

My best friend, The Lumbering Bear is an editor on this site, so once in a while you may see a post from him. If you spend any time at all reading blogs, you’ll notice instantly a difference between this and all other blogs. the difference is that this blog has no specific agendae or curriculae and is about whatever I want, and will be updated whenever I want.

If you don’t like it, don’t read it. It will be your loss, and I will lose no sleep over it, I guarantee.

Have an outstanding day!