Today's installment of Young & Recessioned features Sidan Baca, who worked as a job recruiter for nine years before leaving the industry to manage Pub Fiction.
Working as a job recruiter is tough. It's a tough market. I [recruited] for just about every industry.
There are a lot of people looking for jobs. And the real answer to that is that the good people will always be working.
I don't have enough time to tell you all the stories [about bad job interviews]. It usually has to do with the presentation.
Don't wear a wife beater when you're applying for a job. That's happened to me before, someone coming in wearing a wife beater.
You have to treat looking for a job as a full-time job. You have to constantly be talking to people. Talk, talk, talk. Give yourself a schedule, 8 to 5, Monday through Friday. That's your job: looking for a job.
It varies on how many applications we get [at Pub Fiction]. Not a lot, actually. I'd say probably three or four a week. When you get the kind of volume we do, you get to pick the best talent out there.
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The recession hasn't hurt our business as much as it has the rest of the market.
There aren't a lot of positions that open here, and a lot of people don't leave. It's mostly full-time servers that work here, and full-time bartenders. It's high volume, so they have to have a lot of experience.
I've seen a few people come in that got laid off from their jobs. Maybe they've [worked in a bar] before, and they want to turn it into making some money.
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