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Staffing agencies in Las Vegas valley face challenge of getting people back to work

Friday, July 17, 2020   /   by Ken Couture

Staffing agencies in Las Vegas valley face challenge of getting people back to work

During the pandemic, the unemployment rate hit an all-time high in Nevada. And as people across the Las Vegas valley return to work, job placement agencies are finding many aren't so anxious.

“Doesn’t matter if you were part time or what have you, you’re making 15 dollars an hour, 600 dollars a week. So, attracting talent making less than that. Asking them to come back, as you can imagine has been a challenge,” said Demont Daniel, branch manager for PrideStaff, a staffing agency.

It's the reality job placement agencies across the Las Vegas valley are facing. Getting people back to work. “Get them motivated. And also look at alright, do I need to make a career change? Is this job going to be eliminated?” Daniel said.

Nevada’s economy added nearly 100,000 jobs in June. And while Jacoba Smith qualified for unemployment, she took advantage of job placement at Mandalay Bay.

“I just feel like if I have the ability to work. And work for myself because that’s just how the world works. Then that’s just what I want to do. Plus, it’s nice to get out after being quarantined,” Smooth said.

But others may be waiting for unemployment benefits to run out. Daniel said that can be a mistake and actually hurt returning employees or job seekers.

“When companies start to hire again, there’s going to be this huge competitive pool of talent that is going to be released after benefits are over. You’re now competing not with only with people that are looking to make a career move and that are working right now and are qualified, have the skill sets and have been working. For the past 3 months you've lost skills,” Daniel said.

Ivanka Trump also launched a new campaign called “Find Something New”. It aims to help unemployed Americans transition to new careers and that may require learning new skills. Trump said the initiative is a connection opportunity.

“This initiative is about challenging the idea the traditional 2 and 4 yr college is the only option to acquire the skills needed to secure a job. This work has never been more urgent," Trump said in a roundtable discussion.

Daniel's advice to job seekers in this pandemic: be open to opportunity and reach out to staffing agencies if you’re out of work and don’t know where to start.

“Brush up on your skills, don’t limit yourself and really look at what do you want to be doing in the next 5 years?” Daniel said.

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