LEE COUNTY, Fla .– A Florida man went viral after sharing how he applied for 60 entry-level jobs in September and only landed one interview.
Joey Holz said he conducted the “experiment” after seeing hiring signs all over Lee County. He wanted extra work, so he came up with a plan to showcase applications.
âLet’s do 30 days, two jobs a day. If I pick something up from the side, all the better. I am already an employee, âsaid Holz.
That’s 60 applications for jobs paying between minimum wage and $ 12 an hour. Holz followed the responses and was amazed at the results.
âSixteen of them answered me. Four of them made a phone call after an email exchange, then one turned into an interview. None of them turned into a job desperate for help, âHolz said.
On September 29, Holz posted his “experiment” on social media. He was quickly contacted by Business Insider, and from there the story took off.
âHe wrote his article and it was picked up everywhere: Yahoo News homepage, I followed the trends on Reddit, Occupy Democrats on Facebook, The Other 98% page,â Holz said.
Holz’s experiment comes at a time when workers are protesting for better wages and conditions across the country. Companies like John Deere, Kellogg and even the Denver airport janitors are on strike.
âIt’s not that nobody wants to work. It’s just that nobody wants to work for slave wages anymore, âsaid Holz.
The US Department of Labor is showing the market is responding, with wages rising $ 0.19 an hour nationwide in September.
Holz told him that these numbers show that the workers are there, that the companies just have to pay for them.
“You’re like, ‘Oh no, I promise I’m trying to get you some help, it’s just nobody wants to work.’ Nobody believes it anymore, âsaid Holz.
Holz said he never intended to draw so much attention to his experience, but he hopes it can start a conversation about working in the United States that hasn’t happened before.
This story was originally posted by Rob Manch at WFTX.