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Media Crow: 700 Apply For Janitor Job

From Ohio’s CantonRep:

Barry Mason, business director at Perry Local schools with a stack of over 500 applications for a janitorial position with the schools.

Stark’s hottest job: Janitor

By Benjamin Duer
Mar 06, 2009

PERRY TWP. — Plant closed. Laid off.

Lack of work.

How hungry are people for work in today’s sinking economy?

Nearly 700 people have applied for a single job as a school custodian.

Perry Local Schools have an open position — full time with benefits — at Edison Junior High School after its afternoon janitor retired. It pays $15 to $16 an hour.

The job opened last Saturday, and district officials say the stack of applications continues to expand daily.

So much so, the deadline to apply for the position was moved from yesterday to 3:30 p.m. Monday to give potential hires more time.

Many of those who have applied say they lost their previous job due to budget cutbacks by their former employer.

“A lot of people have their stories when they come in. It’s heart-wrenching,” said Superintendent John Richard.


Dane Steed, 51, forged blades at Heinemann Saw Co. in Canton for nearly four years until last month.

He and several co-workers were let go because of a lack of work available. He put his name in the mix for Perry custodian post.

“Times are bad,” the Plain Township man said.

Steed said he has previous custodial experience at a school district and hopes he can retire at Edison.

“I don’t want to be doing this again,” Steed said.

Donna Croston, 49, of Plain Township, spent nine years on the assembly line at the Hoover Co. in North Canton before it closed last winter.

Prior to Hoover, she lost another factory job because the plant shut down.

For her, the custodial position at Edison represents more than a paycheck.

“There’s a lot of people out there like me that are looking for stability,” Croston said Friday.

Her two brothers are custodians for North Canton schools.

“They all love their jobs. They’ve never been laid off,” Croston said.


The growing pile of applications will be narrowed.

“This is like a needle in the haystack, but I might get lucky,” Croston said.

Barry Mason, business manager for Perry Local schools, said he will narrow the field to 30 to 50 applicants for an interview.

Among the qualities that he’ll consider for the next custodian, he said, include:

• Enjoys student interaction, even if the position is for after-school hours. So if you don’t like children, your chances are slim.

• Plans to stay in the position for long time. An applicant who sees this position as a short-term solution until the economy improves could be out.

“We are looking for someone who will make a career of it and be with us for a long time,” Mason said.

This story has been picked up by the Associated Press and other media outlets, who are trumpeting it across the land. (They have even upped the number of applicants to 700.)

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And all of the articles uniformly describe this as a “sign of the times.”

But isn’t it funny how we hear stories like this, with unemployment having ‘skyrocketed’ 2%.

Still, doesn’t it seem like only yesterday that we were being assured by the selfsame media experts that illegal aliens were only doing jobs that legal citizens would not take?

And all of this is due to a 2% rise in unemployment?

We don’t think so.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, March 7th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Media Crow: 700 Apply For Janitor Job”

  1. VMAN says:

    Oh thank God for big government!!! Last month it was 1000 people applying for 30 fire fighters jobs and now 700 applying for 1 school janitors job. Those evil small business owners would NEVER hire anyone. They are all just SOOOOOO mean and uncaring. If government would only take over ALL business we would be saved. Oh please Dear Leader show us the way. We have seen the error of our ways. Excuse me now while I go puke.

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    Hey .. wait a minute. o-blah-blah got Columbus 27 cops .. how ’bout we hire 17 janitors for this gubmint job? Ain’t we stimulated???

  3. oldswimcoach says:

    It used to be that when you got laid off, you moved for a job (sometimes involoing a family seperation), or started a small business (one man operation). But that was a long, long time ago (last year?) and in a mythcal country called the United States of America.

    By the way, the military is hiring, just a thought!

  4. Clarissimus says:

    At least we know that school is going to get a darn good janitor in the end, right?

  5. U NO HOO says:

    A job saved!

  6. Media_man says:

    why didn’t the gov’t simply get an illegal Mexican to take the job for minimum wage? I thought American’s weren’t interested in these menial labor jobs?

    I’d love to know how many of these applicants had college degrees

    Given that most college pukes voted for Obama, it serves them right that the only jobs they’ll be able to get out of college is cleaning up puke off of floors.

  7. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    I don’t know why the MSM is making a big deal out of this. Maybe it’s because they think the job of custodian is beneath most Americans or too menial. But the starting pay is much more generous than most entry level jobs out there. And even if it’s a job you don’t like, it’s better than having no job at all. In the middle ages the worst, foulest job was that of the gong farmer. His job was literally to go around the manor, castle, etc. and clean out all the waste buckets. Interestingly enough, he was paid a lot better than the average serf because no one else would do the job. And somebody had to do it.

  8. U NO HOO says:

    Obama had two years to think about appointees, and he picked Geithner who can’t fill his appointments.

    Just hire the 699 custodians who don’t get hired at Edison Junior High School.

    This human resource crap is simple.

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