You can tell I don’t work for a newspaper. This story is bad news: Job-seekers swamping employers who are hiring:
Restaurateur Charlie Gitto Jr. thought he knew what lay ahead when the local eatery put out notice for 150 employees to work at its newest location in Chesterfield.
Drawing on 30 years in the business, a tenure that includes the opening of three other restaurants, Gitto figured he would see 200 applications, at most.
“Ten years ago, it was a struggle to find people,” the owner recalled.
Gitto’s lesson in the new era of employment economics began the instant his staff posted “Now Hiring” advertisements online for his Chesterfield restaurant, scheduled to open at the end of this month.
Within the first two weeks, Gitto’s staff was swamped with more than 500 applications. The number soon swelled to 700 and continues to rise.
The good news:
- Some businesses are hiring.
- Businesses that are hiring can choose from a large pool, ensuring they have fitting employees.
- This restaurant, at least, won’t have to hire the dregs of society that don’t care about your service.
Still, to be a real newspaperman, I’d have to highlight how traumatizing this is for businesses and to dampen the morale of job seekers. If I could work Bush into the story, I’d be a superhero of journalism.