As to business in 2013, Mills said his opinion is “cautiously optimistic, but pretty slow start.”
Many applicants, three jobs
Greenlawn Cemetery, Rider Jet Center and Schurz Inc. have received many applications for the full-time jobs they’ve been advertising.
Response has been good for the customer service representative job he’s offering, said David Rider, owner of the jet center. With about 15 employees, it maintains aircraft and provides several other services at Hagerstown Regional Airport.
The new worker will replace one who is leaving, Rider said.
He said the jet center, which he has owned for more than 10 years, is planning to expand — despite the economy.
“We’re looking to expand so that we can survive, not because the business is there, but if we don’t do something, we’re just going to wither away,” he said.
“Quite frankly, there isn’t anything that gives me any warm fuzzy feelings about this economy right now,” Rider said.
The nation’s debt ceiling and the seeming inability of Congress to agree what to do about the mounting debt is creating a lot of uncertainty for business, he said.
Meantime, at Greenlawn Cemetery in Williamsport, co-owner Greg Snook wants to hire a relief driver who also would do cemetery maintenance to replace an employee who’s going back to school, Snook said.
He’s received “probably about 75 applications to date,” he said.
The cemetery business is steady year after year, but the recession seems to have caused more people to consider cremation, which is cheaper than traditional burial, Snook said.
And then, in terms of employment offers, there’s one from Schurz Communications Inc.
Schurz, which owns 27 media companies including Herald-Mail Media, is looking to hire a Web application developer to develop and maintain software, said Dave Elliott, recruitment manager for Schurz.
Elliott said the full-time job is a corporate position, though the person hired will be based at the Hagerstown offices of Antietam Cable, which is another Schurz property. Someone else held the position previously, he said.
Thus far, applications have been “coming in pretty steadily. It’s been good. We’ve done extensive outreach on that,” he said.
In addition to the newspaper ad, the job has been “heavily advertised on professional tech websites. We’ve reached out to pretty much every local college that has an IT (Information Technologies) major,” he said.
Many responses, one job
Robinwood Dental Center ran pretty much its regular-size “help-wanted” ad this past week, but the response has been anything but regular-size, Dr. Butler said.
The office has received more than 200 applications for the full-time dental receptionist position that Butler wants to hire to replace an employee who left.