CLEVELAND — Pick your passion:
- Manufacturing? Check.
- Human Resources? Check.
- Custodial Services. Check
If you want a job in these fields, you're hired.
Jay Lucarelli, who runs Minute Men Staffing Services, says, "I can guarantee you, if you show up tomorrow morning, you are going to work."
Minute Men has been placing employees in jobs around the country for 50 years. And despite today’s unemployment numbers, he says the company is short around 2,000 workers a day nationwide.
“You aren't going to drive a Mercedes Benz,” he admits. “But my point is that we do have really good employment opportunities."
Between the stimulus checks and extra unemployment, hiring experts say workers many have chosen to sit on the sidelines during the pandemic. So, employers are now paying a premium for help. And the pay is no chump change.
Lucarelli says on the low end, it’s about $12 to $13 dollars an hour. But they have some people making anywhere from $18 to $20 an hour.
And employees get paid daily, not weekly.
But check this out: Don't have transportation? They'll take you to your job.
No experience? You can get on the job training.
He adds, "If you did have a resume that really focused on your reliability and performance at your previous employers, that helps out a lot. But, in regards to actual skillset, that's really not an issue.”
Brie Reynolds, the Career Development Manage at FlexJobs says that is what’s referred to as having “soft skills."
“Soft skills are really those skills that anyone can develop. They are not things that you necessarily have to get advanced training or a formal degree or certification in, they're really skills like communication skills, leadership, teamwork,” she explains.
And they’re skills that are in demand.
FlexJobs, which posts legitimate, remote, work from home jobs, says its listings increased by 19% last year, with employers becoming very flexible with schedules.
For example, "Not making you sit in front of your computer from 9-5, but actually letting you balance your life,” Reynold explains. “So, that if you are with your kids in the morning and working in the afternoon, or vice versa.”
Lucarelli adds, "At the end of the day, if you could do the job, we're not going to stand in their way. We're going to do everything we can to make our people successful."
And get this: Minute Men says some companies specifically look for veterans, even those who've been through the penal system, because there's a stronger focus now on helping people.
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Editor's Note: The below story aired on January 13, 2021