In Focus: Jobs Desperate for Workers

“For a lot of them, the requirement is ‘We need a warm body’.”

Edition #2 | 9/5/18 | Follow @InFocusAmerica on Twitter

A “Help Wanted” sign is the most recognized symbol of a job position looking to be filled. What if, the job position goes unfilled and others job positions like it become unfilled as well. This is the situation firehouses in small towns, 911 call centers, and truck companies are facing, along with, roughly a dozen other job positions and fields that are facing employee shortages.

Factory workers who have lost their jobs to automation and are unable to find work. Recent college graduates unable to find jobs in the fields they received degrees in. Two stories commonly mentioned when discussing the job market for good reason. Yet, it draws attention away from the growing issue of the people we hope to save our house when it catches on fire, will answer your call seeking help for a medical emergency, or the people who keep stores stocked and packages delivered are becoming fewer and fewer.

It is hoped that continuous raises, $10,000 bonuses, and appealing to a devotion for one’s community will keep people coming to fill these jobs, otherwise, the consequences can be harmful to people and the economy.

Answering the Call: Fire chiefs look to a growing Latino population to rescue the small-town firehouse | Writer: Tim Craig | Photos: Matt McClain | Washington Post

In a town located in the middle of rural Oklahoma, Lupe Avalos, has spent the last few months as a volunteer firefighter. “…I’m learning a lot of new things by getting involved in the community,” says Avalos, a Mexican immigrant who was brought to the United States by his parents at 4 years old.

Over the past thirty years, the number of volunteer firefighters has dropped 10%, while fire department calls have since tripled. Volunteer firefighters, who tended to be mainly young white men are volunteering in lower numbers. This has led firehouses in towns like Guymon, which have become Hispanic majority, to actively recruit from the town’s immigrant community. The Guymon Fire Department is today full staffed, but they are a lucky as many small town firehouses try to forge on due to an aging force, and struggling to recruit people already working a full-time job to devote more of their time to a job that likely will not pay and places them in harm’s way.

America Needs 50,000 Truck Drivers ASAP | CNBC

There are not enough truck drivers, and its businesses and consumers who will be paying the price both figuratively and price wise. According to DAT Solutions, a trucking super-database, the growing shortage of truck drivers is causing retailers to pay up to 30% more to move products. This issue for businesses will only grow with the increase of online shopping through services like Amazon. Yet, it is not only the price of products Amazon is charging you that are going up.

The shortage of truck drivers is caused by several factors, including, how few women are becoming truck drivers, the long hours of travel far away from where they live, and drivers leaving for construction jobs. Some companies in an effort to slow the shortage of drivers are giving raises to the truck drivers they already employee, increasing the starting hourly salary for people they hire, and recruiting senior citizens as drivers. However, companies recruiting senior citizens and retaining truck drivers for more years can have fatal consequences.

911 Emergency: Call Centers Can’t Find Workers | Writer: Sarah Krouse | Wall Street Journal

The life of working in some jobs can be stressful at times, but 911 dispatchers work under consistent heavy stress as they make life-or-death judgments. The dispatchers spend every shift helping callers who are potentially crying, frustrated, or scared due to the traumatic event occurring. Meanwhile, the dispatcher has to remain calm and even toned. “The aura is kind of negative,” says Andrew Dziegielewski, the Portland (Maine) Regional Communications Center emergency communications director. The Portland regional center offers applicants for dispatcher positions a $10,000 bonus that is divided among two years, but requires them if hired to commit to working there for five years. An understandable commitment to ask for a job with a high turnover rate.

However, smaller call centers are unable to offer bonuses and usually pay minimum wage like jobs in retail and fast food. Nevertheless, directors of 911 call centers of any region are left to find people willing to work holidays, weekends, and potentially 12 hour shifts, while acting as the middle person between callers and first responders.

The search for employees, and applicants alone has expanded to recent high school graduates as the basic job requirements are a high school diploma and strong typing skills. Yet, if hired they will need to make it through training, which may not be adequate in an age with cell phones unable to give the user’s specific location and several other technological-related issues with the 911 call system as Last Week Tonight with John Oliver covered back in May 2016.

The End of Work… As We Know It | Podcast: The One with Greg Gutfeld | Guest: John Tamny | Fox News Radio

John Tamny, Director of the Center for Economic Freedom at Freedomworks, talks with Greg Gutfeld about his new book, “ The End of Work: Why Your Passion Can Become Your Job.” The shortage of workers for certain jobs and industries is part of a continually changing job landscape. One could argue the speed at which it is changing is more rapid than in recent history.

The gig economy, freelancing, and increasing number of people working a second job has led to the dawn of a new type of job: yourself and your personal skills. The person who turns their love of Photoshop into a graphic design business in their home. Teachers turning their daily class plans and how they teach their students into content for their side (sometimes higher paying) job as Instagram influencers.

911 call centers and other minimum wage jobs that may have attracted people desperate for a job or needing a second job to make ends meet are now competing to hire workers who can instead create their own job utilizing their personal passions and interests.

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