Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sign of the Times

Yesterday I caught Pooldad during a frenzy of phone activity at work.

Seems the Poolcompany had put an ad on Craigslist for a tech helper. This is an entry level position with the only experience required is slight mechanical ability. That is all and it pays $10.00 per hour.

In the first 30 minutes they received 50 phone calls. I am sure you can imagine what the rest of the afternoon was like.

Remember when I first started blogging? My original blog was started because Pooldad and I worked together running a pool business and it was a wonderful outlet to talk about all the inane happenings at the job. One of the things I blogged about often was our inability to hire ANYONE. For the year and a half we ran this business we were severely understaffed. No one wanted a job in the pool biz for $13-$14 an hour. And we weren't looking for experience either - we just wanted someone upright, sober and speaking passable English. No one answered our ads on Craigslist, the Washington Post or Monster.com. It was ridiculous.

Amazingly enough that was only 3 years ago. Can you believe it?

Now they are beating down the door for a $10 an hour job.

Funny aside: When Pooldad told me they had put the ad up I jumped in and asked "Oh, for Bee's job? Did they fire her?" No, just a tech position. sigh.

A girl can dream tho', can't she?

2 comments:

Rudee said...

We had the same problems when looking for caregivers for Rachel, and we were paying people $14 an hour to sit on their butts. Now they're crawling out of the woodwork and happily so for $9 an hour. THis economic correction needed to happen.

Yvo said...

Hey I'll take that job... can I work 80 hours a week?