Help Wanted: Jobs are out there

With unemployment dropping to 3.9 percent nationally and Arkansas below that at 3.4 percent, there’s still plenty of opportunities available across the state.

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One such place hiring is Methodist Family Health. With is main office in Little Rock, a healthcare facility in Maumelle and locations across the state, they have 11 sites currently looking for a total of 53 jobs.

The breakdown is:

  • Fayetteville – 5 positions

  • Bono  – 7 positions

  • Little Rock – 21 positions

  • Jonesboro – 5 positions

  • Maumelle – 7 positions

  • Magnolia – 2 positions

  • Alma – 1 position

  • Hot Springs – 2 positions

  • Heber Springs – 1 position

  • Vilonia – 1 position

  • Helena-West Helena – 2 positions

The openings range from “entry-level to management,” said Kelli Reep, director of communications for the organization. “In Maumelle in particular, we need nurses, and we have available every shift for them to choose.”

Because of the wide range in jobs, salaries vary and are “based on experience for each particular position.”

Many of the jobs are “immediate openings,” Reep said and to learn more or apply, click here.

It was dubbed the “mass resignation” late last year when it was widely reported millions of Americans had quit their jobs and that was true but they didn’t leave the workforce as some assumed. They left their old jobs and got something they thought was better.

What it did was increase the pressure of businesses to find and attract talented employees.

“So many employers are looking for team members,” Reep said. “ I think every industry is struggling. There’s no doubt health care is a demanding field, but that’s part of what makes the professionals in this industry unique.”

Covid has also made hiring more difficult.

“The pandemic has made everything more challenging,” Reep said. “However, we have reviewed our hiring and onboarding processes to make bringing on new team members as smooth as possible.”

 While the challenges are great, Reep said, it does come with some rewards.

“Working with children and their families who have been abandoned, abused and neglected takes someone who has heart and grit for the position,” she said. “The satisfaction of seeing a child stabilize and return to the community is a benefit other employers can’t provide. We have children and their families who seek out our team members before they leave our locations because they want to hug them and thank them for believing in them. That’s why we do what we do, and we are looking for people who want the same thing.”