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Old 12-02-2009, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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For anyone who thinks they can move here from out of state and immediately find a job in the service sector, please read this article:

Hotels inundated by job applicants -- latimes.com

What really shocked me was the statistic that 45% of all adults over 25 in L.A. don't even have a college education! No wonder there is so much competition for these jobs.
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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For anyone who thinks they can move here from out of state and immediately find a job in the service sector, please read this article:

Hotels inundated by job applicants -- latimes.com

What really shocked me was the statistic that 45% of all adults over 25 in L.A. don't even have a college education! No wonder there is so much competition for these jobs.
and the amazing thing, it doesn't seem to matter right now, with or without a degree the choices are slim. Even the guy who says he wants to transfer to Ca with his company, (upscale retail) I wonder if that will work for him because of the Ca problems. Not all that many people are shopping upscale. Of course there are many that can still afford the best, but not like in years past. What will be his chances of working 40 hours a week, if he can get a job period..??

I just hope some of these people who think they will get hired realize what it is really like right now..

Nita
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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We recently hired 1 person at around 42k/year. Requirements were a few years experience and no degree necessary. We had 5,000 people apply in the first week and they had to close the job ad early. Many of the people had Masters degrees who applied. Sandy is right, it's extremely competitive out there. The guy who ended up getting the job was making over 90k 2 years ago and now he had to fight for 45k. Yikes!

Hopefully 2010 will bring jobs
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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A friend that works for a city trash service had 3 openings for trash truck drivers. He told us to be a trash truck driver doesn't take much. They have many that never finished high school. All they require is a class C lisence and the city helps them get that. He told us that between him and the other 2 managers they went through close to 900 applicants. Funny thing was that many of those he couldn't read or understand. Those he put in the did not make it file. He also had some engineers that applied for the jobs. He also set them in the did not make it file.

What he wanted was people that really wanted to be trash truck drivers, those that has prepaired to take on that kind of work. Told us that he found one application from a guy that had been a trash truck driver in Fresno but who had moved south for family reasons. That was who he hired. His thought was if your going after a job, make sure that you are in a position to work there, make sure that your application is readable.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:27 AM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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He also had some engineers that applied for the jobs. He also set them in the did not make it file.
Smart friend. Hiring over-educated [for the position] candidates, who will leave when another job comes up, is bad for business.
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