Georgia Job Applicants Find Background Checks the Most Difficult Part of Getting Hired

By Michael Klazema on 11/21/2012

Although many people find the interview itself a difficult part of getting any job, in Georgia, unemployed workers have found that it’s the parts of the application process they can’t control that are the most difficult. There are currently a lot of businesses in Southeast Georgia that have positions available. Unfortunately, the majority of people who apply cannot even pass the drug test, let alone the background check. Too many people in the area have shady pasts that employers aren’t willing to risk, making it nearly impossible to fulfill their workforce needs. With so many people out of work, the irony of the situation is troubling for both parties, both the employees and the unemployed.

Brunswick Cellulose, a Georgia company celebrating its 75th year anniversary this year, needs two dozen new employees every year to maintain a 600 employee workforce. Koch Industries, another big business in the area, has invested a lot of money in new technology for their plant, but they can’t seem to find enough qualified workers to keep that technology running. The Southeast Georgia Health System is in dire need of nurses, but the sensitive positions not only require high education, but also clean backgrounds and drug tests. Gary Colberg, their CEO, says that the area desperately needs, “plumbers, electricians, welders,” and that they have a serious “shortage.” Their hope is that the local colleges will become a pipeline for workers, but if those workers can’t even get past the drug test or the background check, then all that education means nothing.

The owners of these companies are making a plea to the community. They believe that it all comes down to parents setting good examples for their children and showing them that they can earn a good wage as a skilled worker. By teaching these lessons now, parents can help create a more qualified and responsible generation for future workforces. If the children can work hard enough at a young age and stay out of legal trouble as they grow, they just might have a shot at the many steady jobs already available in the area. In the meantime, the companies in Southeast Georgia will have to expand their search for workers to bring in people they can trust.

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