Ebola and the Staffing Industry

I recently heard an interesting concept being discussed on the radio. We all know Ebola has become a popular topic across the country. There are those that are frightened at the thought of Ebola, the mere mention of it, and there are those like myself who don’t get what all the fuss is about… The contrarian in me would say Ebola is today’s media scare tactic – a way to get ratings. However, the recruiter in me’s ears perked up earlier this week when I heard a radio show discussing Angel Staffing, the government contracted agency who is currently hiring Ebola Screeners.

Wanted: Those that are willing to “risk their lives” for $19.00 per hour! Are you googling this agency yet? Maybe you’ve already filled out their application… Inc.com describes Angel Staffing as “A medical staffing firm that places part-time and full-time medical personnel in private, city, state, and federal health facilities. It specializes in disaster response and medical special needs shelters.” So, you can rest easy. In actuality, hiring Ebola Screeners is their specialty.

Much of the reason why I became so interested in this radio talk show was due to the fact that they were misinforming their listeners. I didn’t know that at the time, I had to do my research to be sure (I just had to. I called myself a contrarian earlier, remember?). This unnamed talk show began by discussing Ebola and how much it’s been blown out of proportion. They then went on to explain how Angel Staffing would be hiring “anyone” to work within the five major airports. The hosts of the show continued to joke around about how they would mainly be receiving applicants who are desperate for the cash.

They may be correct about the applicant pool, I cannot say for sure; however I can say for sure that they were wrong about their “anyone” comment. Angel Staffing is currently specifically looking for EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) and Paramedics who are both NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians) certified as well as licensed within the state they will be working. The screening will be thorough to ensure the medical professionals hired are aware of the risk and are committed to the safety of the airports and passengers traveling in and out of the country.

As a recruiter, I commend what Angel Staffing is doing – what no one else will. I thank them for abiding by the government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s rulings and I appreciate their help in finding qualified candidates to fill these hot job positions. What are your thoughts on the “disaster” that is Ebola? Do you believe there should be Screeners within the airports?

Written by: Melanie Scherr