am i the only one who can not find help these days??

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  1. boston09

    boston09 Member

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    I post ads on craigslist and get 2 replies!! even if I give store phone, still no one calls... im in Massachusetts. whats the next step to get applicants? should I promise sign up bonus? post help wanted (it is posted on front)? go to local recreation dept and see if any kids need more hours (I did)? ask current employees (I did!)? im just short of walking into close by grocery store and asking register person if they need more hours elsewhere (I didn't do this yet, but thinking about it)… what can I do to get help these days? Im promising pay well above min wages, full time or part time, pretty much a schedule of their choice, ...what else can I do?
     
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    Nope! Welcome to the future IMO. Keeping it simple will be your best bet, as the more bodies needed, the more chance of failure & poorer service. Have I given up hope with today’s labor pool?...pretty much!

    We’re dealing with “Gen Y’s” offspring now...good luck! :(
     
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    It has been a near crisis for us for nearly a year.

    What I've noticed the past couple of months is that it is becoming a crisis for many, many others too.
     
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    We just had a hiring event after not getting any real hits on Craigslist (also two replies and then no shows for interviews).

    We hired 7 of 11 people from the event. The hiring event was about 3 weeks ago and we currently still have 4 of the hires. Two drivers have quit in the past week, they get minimum wage, a dollar per delivery and their tips. Typically the day light driver is pulling in $600 a week in just tips yet they still quit. They either don't want to work or feel as though they should be able to just work whenever they want. I blame some of this on third party delivery services

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    We ran an ad on indeed.com and got a whole bunch of applications. It's well worth a $20 ad to see if it brings you the same results it did for us.
     
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    Yup. It is only you.


    haha not.

    We have had some luck with box toppers. We print a help wanted flyer (3 per 8.5X11 page cut in 3) and send them out on all the boxes.

    We have also had a lot of luck with targeted, promoted FB help wanted posts. I use the age feature to target the post to the age bracket I want to reach and geographic limit to commuting distance for this kind of job, include a picture of pizza or simply our logo and describe the job. It costs more than craigslist but it puts the job in front of people who are not actually searching who might tell their friends.

    If I want phone people I target ages 16-22. For cooks 18-30, for drivers 20-40.
     
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    Some good suggestions here. Most all our clients nation wide have that problem.

    We have had several remodel jobs that we redesigned to lower the number of workers to do the job. perhaps we could you.

    George Mills pizzaovens@aol.com
     
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    The vast majority of our applications come to us through Indeed.com now, 515 of 942 applications since we started using a web-based application system. Employee referrals (80), Craigslist (71) and our own "Careers" tab on our website (65) are the next big 3 for us.

    Online job searching is the way people find jobs in this day and age it seems.
     
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    We switched to an online applicant tracking system about a year ago and it has helped a lot. We get about 20 to 30 applications a week where we used go get only a couple. We use pre-screening questions which helps weed out bad fits. We currently have a waiting list of people who want to get in. We don't advertise but we do put a link on our website.
     
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    Almost all of our new hires are friends or relatives of current or former employees. When I get a good employee, I always ask if they have any friends or family looking for a job. I've found that when a new hire is referred by a current employee, they feel accountable to that person to do a good job and the person that recommended them feels accountable to make sure they do a good job. Also, most simply enjoy working with their friends, so to me it's a win all the way around.
     
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    What are you using?
     
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    pizzapiratespp Well-Known Member

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    We use Snagajob. They will try to sell you a full package of a couple hundred $ a month but they do have ones for much less if you require less services.

    We do application tracking. Attitude testing i9, w4 and all new hire documents are signed on line. We pay about $35 a month per location.

    We don’t do any advertising for applicants.


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    It gets even worse if you are trying to hire for a well paying tech job! I REFUSE to hire new grads. I post an ad for an experienced programmer (starting $85K). One person shows up unshaven, in a grubby T-Shirt with a slogan on it that would get me banned here if I repeated it, shredded jeans about a foot longer than his legs, so he is walking on the legs (shuffling on the legs). He is brought to my office door, looks at me, nods his head and goes "Yo!".
    My response was "Get the fxxx out of here!". He seemed really confused. When I told him I would not interview him because he came to an interview dressed like a bum, he told me he was glad because "I would never work someplace that wants me to conform to anything".
    I weep for the future.
    P.S. Hire vets! They show up on time, they work hard, they can think for themselves, they do not melt if you look at them sideways.
     
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    We were having trouble getting applications in this fall. My hiring manager pointed out to me that our Indeed postings were way back on like page 17 for our area. I decided to get super aggressive and pay for better placement (about $250/week at the moment) after talking with the marketing rep. Now the posting are usually towards the top of the first page for most relevant searches. Just yesterday alone we received more apps than we'd gotten in the past month.

    I'll back off on the amount we're spending once we get staffed back up, but we'll likely have to keep "paying to play" going forward.
     
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    I had to do the same recently
     
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    I feel like everyone we get from online doesn't stick around for too long. They always seem to be on the hunt for the next job. That being said, a lot of the 16-22 y/o that we have now are the best that I've seen in a while. I'm optimistic about this group. To me, the younger people seem to value flexibility over more money. I try to meet them in the middle and let them have some say in their schedule creating, with in reason. They are also really excited to try new things; whereas the 25-30 y/o don't want to be challenged too much (i'm generalizing). Overall, I think this generation of 16-22 y/o is streets ahead of the previous one. That being said, I'm having a harder time finding people to fill the tougher managing positions that require a lot more time and responsibility (and don't allow as much flexibility).