Aieee, Sharon! The company I work for is going through the same
problem. It seems the right salespeople just aren’t out there.
What’s hitting me personally is the lack of talented goldsmiths.
I’ve been running their 2.5 man shop alone since February of this
year and I’m about to explode from the pressure. Okay, maybe I
HAVE exploded a few times already I’ve been doing most of
their hires for goldsmiths to staff their other stores for many
years now and the applicants I’ve seen are usually less than
stellar. I need someone who can handle not only basic repairs and
alterations, but can handle setwork, modelmaking, design,
platinum work… (and they gotta have it finished YESTERDAY!!!)…
in short, a multiskilled individual with a real talent for
problem solving. I know these people exist, but whereinthehell
are they? I don’t want to be facing the xmas season having
worked like it was xmas all year long.
Sorry about the venting, folks. Does anyone have suggestions,
even if they’re just ways to cope while I wait? At this point, if
I had the time, I’d take on an apprentice and train him myself
(something that you might consider, Sharon).