Telling this forum will probably get your need before more people
that your other attempts. That is not a slam of GIA or any other
trade school or organization. But as an example I have not seen this
until now. I am not looking for work because I am now retired but I
would like to address a couple of your points/ questions. “either
list my job of find qualified jewelers?” As you might have seen from
previous post the term Qualified Jewelers can seem to mean different
things to different people. I don’t believe that a standard has been
set for what a qualified jeweler is. You might need more definition
of skills required. “We are looking just for a person that can
actually work in jewelry. Nothing too incredible, just basic tasks
with knowledge in most metals and a= ttention to detail.” This sounds
reasonable enough but I’m not sure h= ow many people you will find
that can handle “most metals”. Gold and Silver are one thing, White
Gold and Platinum a different animal and if you are including
Titanium… well you get the picture. Each of these takes a similar
but also different skill set from Soldering to Laser Welding and
possibly plating skills. Do they need to be able to remove and or
"Are we asking for too much? " Not at all if those are your ne= eds.
but realize you are looking for an experienced bench jeweler.
(Please everyone tell if I am off base OK? I don’t want to be giving
incorrect info here. Maybe misguided but no malice intended). “Is it
right for individuals to ask 20-30 dollars an hour to not even be
able to do a simple silver repair?” Yes it is right if it is what
they need to live.
But you certainly don’t have to pay it they cannot do the job.
However if you find the person it looks like you need I certainly
hope you are willing to pay that person more than 20-30 dollars an
hour. Have you hired a plumber lately? is you bench jeweler worth
less to you than a plumber? How much schooling and experience does it
require to get a plumbers job and how much training and experience
will the person need to have to fill your position? Comparable, more,
less? Again I do not wish to offend you I’m just try to give a little
"Are we so antiquated as to actually expect quality work from them? "
Not at all. If you want quality, expect quality. That is your need
and if the applicants can’t fill that need then you don’t owe them
anything except maybe, and only maybe, and explanation of what you
expect and why you don’t feel they will fill your needs. Just be
careful to not give then grounds for a law suit. And in your state
maybe the laws are such that you cannot give that kind of explanation
with a rejection of application.
The last thing I might add is that if you don’t find what it sounds
like you are looking for. Could you maybe bring on someone that has
had basic, underline basic, bench skills and train them up too the
level you need? This could be a win win situation. For you a lower
employee overhead, and a chance to develop the skills you desire the
person to have. If want to keep them then you will have to increase
their pay as their skills go up. For the lucky applicant, they get
the opportunity to gain the valuable training, and experience so
needed to get and keep a good position. Now retention of this
individual will require fair and honest wages commensurate with their
ability and the standard wages in your area. Also a good clean and
encouraging work environment. That does not mean just the brick and
mortar it includes how you each handle your communications etc.
Didn’t mean to give a sermon or lecture but I hope I’ve said
something that will help. Remember you as a boss/manager/owner
whatever must also represent and act in accordance with the way you
want your employees to act. Set the example, meet their needs and
they will meet yours. It’s called Effective Leadership.
Good luck and hope you can either find that perfect person and if
you can’t then think about training one.
John (Jack) Sexton