There’s a lack of interest in working

Shop owner sets up nine interviews — only one person shows up.

Editor: I’m a bit mystified.

I’m the owner of a well-established retail store in Langley. Over the past several years, the business has grown to the point that I’m ready to hire some extra help.

I am offering a full-time sales job within the store. I am offering more than minimum wage with an incentive bonus structure.

The ideal candidate would have a can-do attitude, great customer service skills, the desire to learn on the job and the ability to pitch in wherever needed.

Too much to ask? I didn’t think so. I have placed ads in various different job-related internet venues, both government and private sector. In recent weeks I’ve been reviewing the resumés I received, and scheduled interviews with nine of the most promising applicants.

Of the nine candidates offered interviews, only one showed up for her appointment. Not a single word from the eight others.

Why am I mystified? I thought there was a shortage of available jobs, and I thought I would be deluged with applications. It seemed like a great idea to offer full-time employment to those looking for work. Apparently I’m naive. So much for the lack of work in B.C.

If anyone is interested in the above described position, they can give me a call at 604-788-6010.

Paul Baker,

Poco Military

Outdoor Supplies,

Langley

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