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Wanted welder, must have own skates: Job ad with hockey requirement lures potential employees
National Post ^ | June 2, 2014 | Joe O'Connor

Posted on 06/02/2014 6:54:13 PM PDT by Squawk 8888

The hiring process at AGI Envirotank, a small company in Biggar, Sask., that manufactures oil storage tanks, can be brutal. Jeff Burton, the owner and director of operations, says he will often place an ad for, say, a welder or a drafts person — jobs that pay as much as $35 an hour — and then he will wait.

And wait.

Not too many young people, it seems, are eager to put down roots in this rural community of 2,200 about 100 kms west of Saskatoon, where the nightlife consists of knocking off work at 5 p.m., sharp, and either heading home to your family or heading out to go hunting or fishing.

But then times change, as do job advertisements, as do the strategies behind them, and David Burton, Jeff’s father and AGI’s former owner, had a brilliant thought a few weeks ago: AGI was hiring, Biggar, the town, was reviving its senior hockey team, the Biggar Nationals, after a three-year hiatus. So, why not wed the two together — full-time employment plus the opportunity to play seriously competitive hockey — into a single want ad?

The resulting job listing appeared May 26 on an Internet recruiting site and consisted of three criteria for potential applicants to meet, with the first being a willingness to relocate and the second being an ability to play hockey well. (The employer’s third-desired quality was more run-of-the-mill, emphasizing that all candidates must be “motivated, self starters looking to establish a long-term career.”)

“The response to the ad has been incredible,” Jeff Burton says. “We received about 24 applications last week, which is good, since we’ve put out ads before and got zero.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Canada; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: chat

1 posted on 06/02/2014 6:54:13 PM PDT by Squawk 8888
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To: Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; Cannoneer No. 4; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

2 posted on 06/02/2014 6:54:42 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Squawk 8888

21 Years since a Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup - what is up with that?


3 posted on 06/02/2014 6:58:59 PM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: Squawk 8888

You gotta love the sign on the TransCanada Highway - “New York is Big but this is Biggar”.


4 posted on 06/02/2014 6:59:41 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: Perdogg

U.S. cities are willing to pay bigger bucks to hire the necessary Canucks to keep the cup south of the border.


5 posted on 06/02/2014 7:01:07 PM PDT by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: Squawk 8888

The same, or more money to be made in Edmonchuck, Calgary or Ft. McMoney, or even in Saskatoon.


6 posted on 06/02/2014 7:03:51 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind but now I see...)
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To: Perdogg

All the top players in the NHL are Canadians, what’s up with that? heh


7 posted on 06/02/2014 7:39:14 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

Even more in Grande Prairie heh.

I like it so much here I just bought a new house. That’s why I can hardly post anymore, so much bloody work to be done.


8 posted on 06/02/2014 7:40:15 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: Squawk 8888

Greatness.


9 posted on 06/02/2014 7:49:16 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: Bulwyf

I was thinking that in any oil patch jobs, $35/hr woulds be just for an apprentice welder. If he had a high pressure red seal, he’d be looking upwards of $75/hr, especially up north, and as many hours /week as he liked @ double time. Rotten, dirty and dangerous job, but you can’t complain about the pay.


10 posted on 06/02/2014 8:35:53 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind but now I see...)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

not 35 an hour for an apprentice. 75 an hour would be a welder contractor, not an employee rate, though most guys do just contract out.

Most of overtime I see is time and a half, but even then that is already plenty for the government to come and take 40%.


11 posted on 06/02/2014 8:38:08 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: Squawk 8888

those 11pm ice times on school nights have got to be a killer.


12 posted on 06/02/2014 8:45:28 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Squawk 8888

Sorry dude, but $35 an hour isn’t going to compete with the oil patch jobs.


13 posted on 06/02/2014 9:16:27 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Perdogg

The winners would rather play for Americans.


14 posted on 06/03/2014 10:54:08 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Organic Panic

Cost of living is likely substantially lower.


15 posted on 06/04/2014 5:54:37 PM PDT by kanawa
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