Do People Really Want to Work?



I bet when most people read this title, they will answer, of course people want to work.  However, we see a slightly different perspective from working within the recruiting field.

My name is LeRoy Bilal and I am a Business Engagement Specialist at Workforce Connections. Every week, my team and I prescreen candidates for employers to help them find qualified people. So as one can imagine, we have seen and experienced quite a bit. Therefore , it is this observation that causes me to ask the title question – Do people really want to work?

As I travel around the city, I hear people complaining about the lack of jobs here in Las Vegas and I am perplexed because I have jobs I can’t seem to give away. My colleagues and I spend a huge amount of time looking through resumes and we then invite people to come and interview with us or the hiring company. Now these are people that applied for a particular position and they still don’t show up. To better explain, I recently invited 28 people who applied for a cashier position to come meet with me. The job pays $13/hr and not one person showed up to the prescreening session. We see outrageous disparities like this on a weekly basis. So out of the people that do come to our pre-screen, here is a list of examples and excuses that constantly bombard our team:

  1. A large number of people don’t thoroughly read the email we send out. We tell people to bring a resume, dress professionally, arrive by 9:00am and allow up to 2 hours for this process. Well, you probably already guessed it. A number of people show up without a resume. Whyyyyyy!! Let this be a lesson, never, ever go to an interview or a pre-screen without a resume. This makes you look unprepared with a nonchalant attitude about getting a job. Also, please arrive on time. We have people knocking at the door after 9:00am. If you can’t come to the pre-screen on time, why should we refer you to the hiring company?
  2. Some people say they can’t take a job because it is too far. If you have a car, there is really not many places in this small valley that is too far to drive for work. Especially if you need a job.
  3. No patience – How about getting upset with us or the hiring company because the interview process is taking longer than normal? This goes back to my first point, the inviting email says it may take 2 hours, so you need to free your schedule. Please don’t get angry with the people who are trying to help.
  4. We had a guy who really needed a job and he most definitely became a squeaky wheel. We soon found him employment and thought all was good. Not the case. About a month later, he called back and wanted help finding another job. Well you may ask, what happened? That is exactly what we said. Apparently, they offered him a lot of overtime and he didn’t want to work that much. Therefore he quit. Really!!
  5. We will refer people to an interview with a company and then they never show for the interview. Or even better, they get hired and don’t show up for the first day. Changing your mind is definitely okay, but please let the company know ahead time. You might need them again in the future. In other words, don’t burn any bridges.


Finally I hope people read this blog and decide to step up their game. We offer open positions every week and companies are looking for qualified people who want to work. Please help dispute the title question and prove there are people who really want to work. Also, please respond back and let me know what you think or how we can help alleviate this problem.

LeRoy Bilal is a Business Engagement Specialist II at Workforce Connections. LeRoy has strong relationships with employers and won the MVP: Clincher of the Year Award for his work performance for Program Year 2015-2016.