“Alright, who’s signed in and not on a (work) ticket yet?” a question asked by Labor Ready Reading, Pa. branch manager Jim Gilbert somewhere between 5:30 and 6am in the morning, of a handful of early- rising men and women, hopeful of getting out to work. Some raise their hand or step up to the counter, yet others are hesitant, as there IS work, thought hard manual labor also would be involved…
But, that’s exactly the premise of Labor Ready, a company that started in 1989, founded in Kent, Washington, and eventually expanded to Canada in 1994, now with over 600 locations, in the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada. All that I know, personally, is that their famous saying, “We put people to work”, hits the prioverbial nail right on the head. And, as any of us who have been on the job search for what seems like forever, with rejection after rejection, getting out to work even just one day at Labor Ready can be the morale boost that we need in these tough economic times.
For those of you who remember my articles on how background checks in the hiring process really hinder good, honest, hard- working people wanting to turn their lives around, can see how this article really goes hand-in-hand with those, as well as why our economic recovery is so slow… I have been so blessed myself to be getting out to work every night for the past 3 weeks, and just being a dependable, hard worker is all that anyone looks at, and the advantages of being in that position does pay off.
The pay isn’t the greatest, I won’t try to lull you in with all good about working this way, without giving you the down side. Yet, it IS work, and you do earn a day’s pay, which you do recieve at the end of each workday, or the next, as in my case working from 330pm- midnight…. and, also, of course, not everyone is going to get out on the first, or even the second day that they show up (usually you have to report at the local branch when they open at 5:30am to be considered for a job chance), but the persistent do pay off, as that has been proven.
So, I’ll ask that question again- How much do you REALLY want to work, and earn your income to pay you living expenses, or just get away from relying on unemployment as a crutch that will eventually be pulled out from under you? Well, then, get down to your nearest Labor Ready branch, and apply on the Mondays or Wednesdays that they are accepting, and get back out there in that work force again, it’ll do you a world of good.