Not all job positions are easy to fill. Challenges like low availability of specific skills, training time, or low wages can make hiring a challenge. A user asked on the forum, “Employers of Reddit, what jobs are you finding impossible to fill?” Here are the responses he got.
“The company I work for has been trying to fill a dispatcher position for over a year and a half. It’s a part-time evening shift. They’re not offering competitive pay, and everyone is suffering for it.
Trying to get someone for a dollar over minimum wage for a job that should start a good $5-7/hr more is painful to watch. They’re either incompetent or realize quickly what the job entails and book it out of here.”
“This is why every pilot in the world almost has their eyeballs fall out of their sockets from rolling their eyes so hard every time they see a nonsense story about a “pilot shortage.”
There is no pilot shortage. But there is a shortage of pilots willing to start out at $25k a year. Which is insane considering how much it costs to become commercially certified and how little financial aid there is for training.”
STAFF FOR NURSING HOMES
“People who work in nursing homes (PT, OT, Kitchen, Nursing-big portion is nursing staff). I don’t know if it’s just the company that’s having issues (two of our facilities are having staffing issues), but we are constantly understaffed and getting overworked to the point where more people are leaving BECAUSE they’re overworked. Management keeps saying, “No one is applying,” but I don’t think they’re offering enough people to stay/want to work there.”
“Construction Manager here. The demand for construction is here, but the workers left during the recession and don’t want to return to repeat history.”
“My valet company is having a tough time filling supervisor positions at locations that are slow, and you don’t do anything for 12 hours (15 per hr). Though part of the reason why it’s hard is because they want these people to be educated.”
EMT AND PARAMEDICS
“I’ve been in the position to hire them and can’t get anyone, and I know exactly why.
Hours. The standard week for EMS is 60-100 hours. Many EMTs and medics work 24+ hour shifts.
Pay is low. I have over a decade of experience. I have ACLS, PALS, PHTLS, ITLS, ATLS, and about a ton more, and I can hardly score more than 15/hr here.
The work is backbreaking. Lifting people that are 500 plus and the 90 lb cot is a great way to get a hernia. And that 500 lb person you had to drag out of a bathroom.
Psychological issues are very common. The list goes on. No surprise people avoid EMT jobs like the plague.”
“Not an employer, but my hospital has a hard time finding nursing assistants. Who knew it would be hard to find people willing to wipe bottoms for not much pay?”
“At my hotel, housekeeping. No one wants to clean up after the nastiest animals on the planet. Plenty of hours and reliable work to be had, but no one wants to do it. They should be paid more, I guess.
Or people could just be less disgusting.”
” Most people on the road are in their 50-60s. They are starting to retire or die. Finding contract drivers to help on busy delivery days is even hard.
The biggest problem is they have to lease the truck from the company. So on a $200,000 vehicle, they’re paying more than half their paycheck sometimes just to be able to drive the vehicle. And a lot of these people have family and bills to pay. It’s just not cost-effective like it used to be.”
“While more and more people realize how awesome getting into coding/programming can be, there is a significant lack of individuals who are capable of critical thinking on top of programming. You’d think the two go hand in hand. They don’t.”
” At my school, multiple teachers quit throughout the year, and we could never replace them, so we just replaced the class. One of our foreign language teachers quit, so they just forced all the students to take French instead, with every class having at least 35 students. I just looked a few minutes ago, and we still have 10+ positions open for the next school year, which starts in 3 weeks.”
” I have a content marketing business, and finding a writer who knows how to write for digital and print and to various audiences is near impossible.”
“Not an employer. But accountants. More specifically, CPAs. Sure, there’s a lot of us. But the companies I’ve worked for all have trouble filling open positions. Most use recruiters, who charge a month of the position’s salary if the person gets hired. It’s a case of demand being much higher than supply. That’s probably why my accounting graduating class had a 99% job placement before graduation.”
“On average, they make 600-700 per week, but to find one is impossible. Let alone one that can groom AND manage to be the salon manager.”
“Mason here! It’s extremely physically demanding work. Bags of cement are anywhere from 70 to 100 lbs, buckets of water are 50 lbs each, and bricks weigh tons. It may not sound like much, but you’re constantly moving all that stuff all day long. It’s hard to find young laborers to do that kind of work because blue-collar work is considered unintelligent. Then the older workers who lay brick aren’t as fit as a younger worker, so they’re slower when it comes to moving material.”
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