That time of year...

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...where we are on a hiring tear. What joys have we found?

  • Ads not placed. 'You sent it to the wrong email.' Huh? We clicked the button ON THE WEBSITE. We have no control over where that link goes!
  • Lots of calls and emails asking for applications. 3 filled in and returned.
  • Smiley faces in the emails - 'I'm a really good employe and iv don this work b4. Smiling ' (Yes, correct grammar/spelling in part of the sentence and then boredom by the end.)
  • People who called 5-6 times but would not leave a message.
  • Called 4 in for interviews. 2 responded back to the email request. 2 did not respond back to either the email or the call. (Do NOT complain later on when an employer doesn't let you know someone else got the job.)
  • Oh, the attire - spiked heels and cleavage. This is not Hooters honey.
  • A job seeker who was basically pumping us for information about other innkeepers. Huh? Why would I know what's going on in their family?
  • Another job seeker who talked non-stop and could not figure out how to send the application back to us.
  • Calling their previous employers and hearing they quit by texting in their resignation or that they didn't really show up all the time. Sigh.

Not looking good folks.

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When I did some hiring for my bookkeeping business, I used CL ads. Got more applications than I could vet and most weren't even qualified.  Then I ran a second CL ad and gave way too many details about what the job required and what I was looking for as a minimum skill-set.  I didn't get nearly as many applications, but they were all very qualified (even overqualified).  They were the more serious job seekers who were up for the challenge. 

So, consider changing your approach with the ad and you might get a better sampling.  I know it's just a housekeeping job, but there are qualified, dependable people out there that need work.  Somehow you need to get their attention. 

Good Luck!

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We picked one of the 2 that actually filled out the application and showed up for the interview. Got one today who asked for the info last 8 days ago. Really? You think the job is still open?

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Just make sure you put in a 30-day trial period and, even better, live in a hire-at-will state like we do.  You can say bye-bye at will.  Well...anyway....you can control the 30-day trial at least.  Reekers are as bad as break-time smokers, I think.

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I do live in a fire at will state. Hate the idea. How awful is it to just decide one day, for no reason even, that the employer no longer wants x employee?

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Yeah, makes it hard to plan a future that way.

Employees here can quit with no notice. They don't need to give you any notice that they are leaving. They can just look at you, say "I quit" and walk out if they want to. 

I was once about to do just that, but 60 minutes before I was going to tell them that I had found a better job, they called me in to terminate me. Funny part was, their reason for terminating me was illegal. But what was I going to do, argue? I was about to do tell them that I had found a better job anyway.

(Incidentally, the need for notice only kicks in here after 3 months, until that point, they are fire-at-will.)

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3 interviews scheduled for today. 1 no show.

My choice is between a smoker and a person who may have reliability issues. Which way would you go in my shoes?

Both have housekeeping experience.

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I also vote for the smoker - just give frequent smoke breaks if you have to IF she is a good housekeeper. Better to get good and reliable than someone you  do not feel comfy with to start with.

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I'd take the smoker if she can avoid smoking on your property.  Why start out with someone who gives you bad vibes about reliability?

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OTOH, I could keep trying to find someone but the ad has been out for 10 days and we're not getting any calls.

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I would run a new ad...sorry..but why should you put up with a reeker. She will transfer her odor to your rooms Sad

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Madeleine wrote:

OTOH, I could keep trying to find someone but the ad has been out for 10 days and we're not getting any calls.

If you put it on C raigs lis t, you need to refresh your ad every couple of days as it may fall too far down for anyone to read.  I would leave it active for another week since you do not seem overjoyed in the choices you currently have. 

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I doubt she'd smoke here but she reeked. Which is how I know she smokes. I can't get past that smell everyday. And it would waft behind her in the house.

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we are lucky as laima trys to book her holidays when we are quiet (she is lituanian so takes time with her family) however we are lucky enough that there is usually work enough all year round - the seaside places really struggle as its 6 months loony bin and 6 months empty how can you keep staff? what they do if try and take students who will be back every summer from university and if you are lucky will get 4 years out of them but its not easy.

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That Time of Year..... when I read your post and rejoice I only have 3 rooms.

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Funny... I was going to say the same thing! No help, no problem!

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Glad we're able to re-hire most of our employees from year to year... not sure how they get through the winter, though -- I'm sure it's tough!

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heart

This kinda makes me thankful I am not as busy as I need to be in order to afford help.

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