StaffingTalk received this story recently from an anonymous staffing specialist. It offers an eye-opening perspective that just might make your love your job a little more…
2013 has been pure hell. You ever have one of those days when you can't wait to go home and cry because you can't even discern if ONE good thing happened all day? Yeah, every day of this year has been like that thanks to this beloved profession. This, coupled with changes in my company, has led me to search job boards practically daily. They say do what you love, but I've never loved it; I only like it, and even that's only some of the time.
A week ago, if you told me that I'd be thankful for my recruiting job -- nay, love my recruiting job -- I would have laughed in your face. Enter a girl I knew in high school that I'm friends with on Facebook.
About a month ago, she got a job with an employment service (one of the big ones). I "liked" this on Facebook, laughing while I did it because I knew she had no idea what she was getting herself into. Staffing wouldn’t be a walk in the park for her.
A week later, I see a mildly upset post about candidates. A few days later, another post -- this time even angrier -- about today's generation. I giggled and kept clicking that "like" button. Last week she posted an update with a small advert, and yesterday she posted another. Their purpose: begging people to work "so she could go home!"
Hold up. She's not allowed to go home?! I'm in shock. Today another Facebook advert: "I have jobs, 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, great pay! Help me out so I can have a life and don't have to stay here until it's filled. Don't complain about not having a job when there are plenty to be had!" A half-hour later she messaged me to ask if my employer makes recruiters stay until orders were filled. I explained that 'No, they do not,' and that we're realistic with our clients about our capabilities and, because of this, we rarely have orders we aren't able to fill.
She informs me that she has to stay until every position is filled, no matter how long that happens to take. "For example," she wrote, "I have 45 minutes left of my shift and still have 20 positions to fill by myself. I'll be here all weekend!"
I can't believe it. Where was her boss? If I called mine, he'd drop whatever he was doing and come help in any way he could. I asked why she was having trouble filling the positions, and she then told me about a MAJOR safety accident that took place, making people afraid to work for this client.
"I don't make enough for this! Ugh!" she wrote. OK, I'll take the bait and ask her salary range. "I make $9 an hour and I have a degree, can you believe that?"
Ho. Lee. Crap. Seriously?! We then discussed if it was possible for her to go to her manager, ask for help, and -- oh yeah -- a raise. Her response: "They just don't care."
I'm floored by this. My boss AND his boss always help and appreciate us. I make waaay more than she does, and don't work on commission. I don't have to stay until a shift is filled, or be on call after hours. And then I realized, I have it made.
I complain about the people I deal with and the endless amount of paperwork I push, but in reality I'm lucky. I have a job and that's already more than anyone who walks in my door. I work for a company that values me and not only says so, but shows it as well.
So on Monday morning, I'll arrive to work with a smile on my face, thankful. Even if the day is another bad one.