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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jobs again

I was sitting down to lunch at work, we were talking about what we are going to be doing next week. One girl said she was only going to work the first 2 days because she was moving to Nebraska, seems she'd gotten a teaching job (combined 3rd & 4th grade) almost 2 years after finishing her education. The girl on the other side of the table was saying she'd gotten a teaching job (as a special education teacher) closer and was leaving the amusement park at the middle of the month, she'd only been looking for a teaching job for a year. The ride I'm on now is run by a graphics design graduate who is looking for a job in her field.

The work I'm doing this summer is seasonal, seems that gives it it's own set of rules. The103 hours on my last pay check were all "Regular time", if I wasn't seasonal 23 of those hours would have been "Overtime". I feel silly because I was not aware of that until just recency.
They are still hiring. People walk in, fill out the application, get an interview, are given a uniform (you see them changing in the bathroom), taken out and put to work. It is that kind of job.
There are a fair number of workcampers & a lot of locals here. For some workcampers this is how they live, for others it's something to do. I regularly have 16 year old assistants on rides and other locals (not in school) who do a variety of different things through out the year.

I needed a picture

Last week we drove up to Forest City Iowa to take the Winnebago factory tour. Forest City is almost up to Minnesota, nice looking country in the summer. A great tour if you are into RV's at all.  They are bringing out a new smaller class "A" that looks like their original class "A" from the early 70's. The insides & construction techniques all new, just the overall outside design looks kinda like an old one.

I got this from http://www.gowinnebago.com/products/2015/brave/

Winnebago is hiring, everyone I saw looked if not happy at least content with what they were doing. The guide said they were several hundred people short and had a three month backlog on RVs. The work looked interesting, the people all over the plant looked happy and the countryside looked nice... but it's so close to Minnesota and I remember the Minnesota winters!

Finally down to jobs. Besides Winnebago (they have applications on their web site) up by Minnesota, I have seen "help wanted" signs all over the Des Moines area this summer just like I saw down in the Rockport Texas area last winter.
Even the local Walmart is looking for all kinds of help, all of it "part time".

 Just added on Saturday the 2nd of Aug, this talk about jobs & I saw this:

The meat department is one of my reasons for visiting


  1. Here in Decatur Alabama it is the same. Lots of small money jobs with few career jobs. If you need money now there is work plenty. If you are looking for long term employment with a future, the future is elsewhere.

    1. If you had a skill & the energy a job in the oil fields (ND & those parts of TX & NM) where all the fracking is going on pays well. At least the overtime pays well I hear.