Monday, March 29, 2010

Dow 11K? 200k Jobs coming? It's all rosy...

Unless your a job hunter in Seattle.

"turns out the job of dog-kennel assistant is even less glamorous than it sounds.

There are bad hours (lots of weekends and holidays). There's low-as-it-goes pay — as in minimum wage, $8.55 an hour.

You want to be the kennel helper? You're on the hook for the poop. You'll spend part of every day scooping it up (if all digestive systems work as designed) or mopping it (when they don't).

"It's not most people's dream job," Palumbo laughs. "Usually I get high-school kids applying. Or maybe a college kid for the summer.

"I've never seen anything like this."

Two weeks ago Palumbo posted a want ad on Craigslist for a part-time dog-kennel assistant.

So far, 260 people have applied.

And they say the recession is over?

Who now wants to be a dog-kennel assistant?

A laid-off graphic designer applied. So did a freelance photographer. Two out-of-work teachers sent résumés. Remarkably, so did someone in their mid-40s who had worked as a financial controller at an environmental-services company.

"There are a few people in here, such as accountants, who are so overqualified for this job," Palumbo said. "I know people just want to work but I don't think it would make much sense for me to hire them."

We now return you to your regular happy-time programming.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Our daughter-in-law recently finished her Master's Degree for teaching. She's got college loans, etc., etc. The outlook for getting a teaching job now is slim to none.....