Yesterday I was with my Human Resources Director, sitting at a table in a big Toledo CBD building, part of a "job fair" type event. The event was much-publicized. The participating companies all had job openings. My company had three: Silk Screen Machine Operator, Order Processing (Warehouse), and Quality Assurance. We took 75 blank employment applications with us, guesstimating the turnout. Our guesstimate was very wrong. Very, very wrong.
The event was supposed to be 2 hours.....it lasted 3 hours because of the huge crowd trying to get into the facility. We had to ask the folks sponsoring the event (a local non-profit agency that helps people find work) to print many additional copies of the employment application. We probably had nearly 200 applicants and more than that stopped at our table to inquire about the positions. I was surpised (maybe not so much) at the number of people who asked if we "hire felons". (We do, if it is a child support felony or if 7 years have passed.)
Of all the applicants, only a few are worth a second look (based on their applications and/or resumes). As the sweat seeped from my monkey-suited suit-and-tie body and I viewed the long line of potential hires lined-up at our table I couldn't help but think.....this is "the new normal".
If you don't have a high school diploma (or a GED) it is hard to find work.
If you would struggle with a very-simple math test, we won't be hiring you. (Indictment of our education system?!)
If you have a resume with crossed-off verbage or words spelled wrong, we won't be hiring you.
Unemployment will get better but "the new normal" will probably be 6% to 9%.
Many, many families are now forced to be 2-income to 4-income families. (Low pay scales, part-time, lack of benefits.)
Home ownership is not likely to rebound. It is at its' lowest point in many years.
Accentuating the positive: About 93% of those that "want to work" are working.
Final NOTE: No matter who is president.....we are now at (and going to stay at) "the new normal".
What say you?