One doesn’t have to look long to find a “help wanted” or “now hiring” sign around Circleville. With labor in demand, wages should be going up, but is that impact being seen on the local level? I spoke with 2 folks that had recently posted help wanted ads on a local Facebook group called “Circleville/Pickaway Jobs” to see how their employee search was going.
Nancy Dean Davis posted an ad for Gardenia, a home health care company based out of whitehall.
The ad reads, “Need extra cash? Looking for good, honest and dependable STNA 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM Monday through Friday ASAP and every 3rd weekend, part-time day hours needed ASAP with shared weekends. Please call 740-420-7766 for an interview. In Circleville in town.”
Davis said, “I do our hiring because we are in the Circleville area, and they only have a few down here. So I interview them. If I like them, I send them to the company. We do our own scheduling.” She said her husband had a massive stroke in 2011 and needs 24/7 care.
Davis said the position pays $11 an hour, and she doesn’t have any control over the pay. She said, “We’ve tried flexible hours, only every 3rd or 4th weekend, local. The agency had a job fair and only 1 person showed up.”
I talked to another poster, Courtney Ogg, who’s searching for “caring and dependable individuals to join our team as direct support professionals (DSP)” for Community Assisted Living, Inc. (CAL). Ogg said that CAL is an agency that serves individuals with developmental disabilities in Fairfield, Pickaway, Perry, and Fayette counties. She added, “Job duties include transportation, assistance with grocery shopping and dcotor appointments, compaionship, person hygiene, housekeeping and teaching living skills.” The position also pays up to $11 per hour, and candidates must have a high school diploma or GED, valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance. Those interested can call 740-653-2575.
Ogg said she has tried Facebook and indeed to find candidates. She added, “We’ve had a decent response on indeed lately.” Ogg said they’ve had to increase wages to help with recruitment. When she finds someone that’s qualified, they are able to hire someone pretty quick. She said they, “Typically have a 1 week turn around since we are receiving background checks as quick as 3-4 business days.”
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