Wow. Just wow. The signing bonuses they are giving out for regular-a$$ careers right now are insane. Like, equivalent to my annual salary when I started here at 98.7 The Bull. I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s like a bull market for employment! Seriously, you should just go get a job!
Here’s a list of some signing bonuses I’ve heard about:
- Commercial Truck Driver: $30,000 – There is a shortage of 80,000 truck drivers right now, and that is making trucking companies desperate. So desperate that they’ll give you money just to START working for them.
- Target: College Education – Even working at Target can get your college tuition, fees, & textbooks covered. They’re also helping current employees with student debt in an effort to retain them. Wal-Mart has a similar program.
- Nurses: $10,000-$100,000 – That’s a huge range, but there’s a huge range of specialties for nurses. The long and short is… nurses just coming out of school are going to be able to demand top dollar for their services.
- Cops: $25,000 – Even right here in Oregon, where budgets have suddenly grown, but police forces have shrank, you can get PAID to be a cop right now. No longer are you expected to serve your community out of devotion and good-heartedness. Now you also can get some money. The job is tough, to be sure, but at least you’ll be compensated.
Obviously, a lot of these jobs require some schooling, so it’s not as if the phrase, “if you don’t have a job, you just don’t want one” really applies here… but there ARE jobs to be had. Good ones even, if you’re willing to put in the prep to get them.
~Jake from 98.7 The Bull