— While the first day of summer is the best time to get into the office, some workers are still waiting to find their next job.
“It’s hard to find work,” said Lisa Stroud, who works at a tannery in Lancaster, Ind., where she has worked since 2012.
“I’ve been on the job search, but I don’t feel like I have a job lined up.”
While the industry is booming, there are still plenty of opportunities to make ends meet.
Many jobs offer perks and incentives, like being able to commute to work from home.
For instance, some tannery workers are eligible for a stipend or retirement package.
The biggest perks are often perks and the possibility of a vacation, but many workers say that’s not always enough.
“I don’t think there’s enough to do in the community,” said Michelle Wiesman, a livery-driver who’s been with the company for two years.
“You have to feel like you’re doing something.
You can’t just go home and relax.”
Wiesman said she wants to work in a more creative area, such as the film and television industry, and to have some flexibility to travel to the other side of the country to meet new people.
She also wants to travel the world, but she has limited time and has no plans to travel in 2018.
The median salary for a laker is $27.75 an hour, according to the National Labor Relations Board.
Wiesmann is looking for a more technical position, like a technical support position, where she could work from her home or on the road with clients.
Wiedman also said she likes to be in touch with her colleagues and have an opportunity to meet them.
“We’re all kind of a team here, and it’s a great opportunity to be a part of that,” Wiesmanna said.
“The people here are super helpful.”
Wiedmaan’s experience is unique, but a lot of the people in her position said they are looking for jobs as well.
Stroud, meanwhile, has been applying for jobs in LAFayette since she was a teenager.
While her first job was at the tannery, she has since found a job at a tattoo parlor in Lancaster.
Strouts, who is also a registered nurse, said she wanted to work outside of the office for her own personal use.
But she was nervous about finding a job in Lafayette because of the summer weather.
“The weather here is so bad,” Strouts said.
She recently took her job search a step further by searching online for tanning companies in Lancaster and nearby counties.
She’s been looking at local restaurants and local bars.
She also is trying to look into local jobs, such a welding position at a construction site.
Stouds said that she has been to several tanning parlors, but hasn’t been able to find one that fits her style.
“A lot of them don’t even have an entrance fee,” Stouds explained.
“They charge $30 to $50 an hour for a weekend or week-long appointment.”
For many workers, the biggest issue they face is finding a good job in the area.
“They have to be able to get paid,” said Stroud.
“It’s so hard to get to that point.”
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