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04/27/2009 Posted by | Economy | Leave a comment

Jobs at Discount Retail Companies

From the Family Dollar website:

Family Dollar, a Fortune 500 company, is headquartered just outside of Charlotte, NC, and is one of the fastest growing discount retail chains in the United States. Family Dollar operates over 6,600 stores in a contiguous 44-state area ranging northeast to Maine, southeast to Florida, as far northwest as Idaho and southwest to Arizona. 

A visit to their career pages will show hundreds of openings across the country. This includes openings in their stores, distribution centers, or home office.  A profile posted on their website provides a nice overview of what they’re about:

Over 6,600 stores located in 44 states.
Competitive Pay and Benefits for full & part-time associates
Excellent Growth Potential
Committed to promoting from within
Hands-on Training Programs
Merit-based promotions and regular Performance Appraisals
Successful, Stable Company

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04/15/2009 Posted by | Economy, jobs | , , , | Leave a comment

The Obama Effect: New Job Trends to Watch in 2009


The Obama Effect: New Job Trends to Watch in 2009

Jobfox, the Internet’s fastest-growing career site, predicts the top Obama-inspired new job trends to watch in 2009. The list includes the job sectors and key professions that are most likely to grow as a result of President-elect Barack Obama’s economic stimulus policies.

The Obama administration has said it will “hit the ground running” with what experts project to be a $700 billion job stimulus package. The new administration’s goals are to create or save 2.5 million jobs over the next two years.

According to Jobfox, the most wanted new jobs, listed by major Obama initiatives, will include:


“Epic changes are ahead throughout the professional landscape,” said Rob McGovern, CEO of Jobfox. “It’s just like 1991, when we didn’t know the Internet was coming. New job titles will emerge, many of which haven’t been invented yet. Savvy professionals will be prepared to take advantage of new opportunities.”

02/26/2009 Posted by | Economy, hiring, jobs | , , , , | Leave a comment

Ten American Companies That Won’t Cut Jobs


Layoffs at big companies are so common now that it is novel when a day goes by without Microsoft (MSFT), Caterpillar (CAT), or Macy’s (MC) letting thousands of people go. There are a relatively small number of America’s largest companies which will almost certainly not have significant layoffs. One of them might close an office in Turkey, another could replace telephone operators with an automated system, but each is in a unique position that makes it highly unlikely for them to want or need to fire employees.

Some of the companies on the list are simply doing so well that they cannot afford to do without all the people that they have. Not only will these companies be unlikely to fire people but some may actually be hiring. The other firms included have large amounts of cash on their balance sheets and have elected to use the slow economy to develop new products and services to take share away from financially weaker competitors. A few of the companies on this list had modest job cuts last year. None of them were significant and are highly unlikely to happen again.

Employees at these firms are as close to being “safe” from being thrown into the job market as almost anyone in the country.

Cisco, Visa, Apple,  Apollo,  (APOL), (a large education company almost no one has heard of), Altria,   Google,  Colgate,  Verizon, Amgen,  and Corinthian College.

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02/25/2009 Posted by | Economy, jobs, layoffs | , , , , , | 1 Comment

In 2009, Layoffs Is the Business to Be In

From the New York Times

As companies across the country eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs, one field is hiring: the layoff industry. Businesses that specialize in “career transition” can barely keep up with the demand as corporate America cuts staff.

“I can’t remember a busier time,” said Elaine Varelas, a managing partner at Keystone Partners, based in Boston. Right Management, another company that specializes in outplacement, reported a 39 percent increase in profit last fall. And William L. Ayers Jr., president of the 28-year-old Ayers Group in New York, said his business had had a 75 percent spike in so-called career transition work last year.

Several of these outplacement companies say that they are hiring to help companies lay off workers. Right Management’s overseas practice is adding staff in Austria, Poland, the United Arab Emirates and other countries. The Ayers Group, which employs about 30 people in the New York-New Jersey market, hired an additional consultant last month.

Ms. Varelas of Keystone Partners said the severity and the swiftness of the current economic crisis were similar to the banking crisis of the early 1990s. This time, though, “we’re much busier,” she said, “and partly that’s because career transition and outplacement has become a much more accepted benefit.”

02/24/2009 Posted by | Economy, layoffs | | 1 Comment

2,446 Jobs in the “Foreclosure Market”

Consider the following graph:



Try this: click on this link (or copy it into your browser)

You can refine your search by adding your state or zip code.  Try running a search on other topics and see what Indeed spits out — it may be one more useful tool in your job search kit.

Indeed is a job aggregator that pulls in jobs from other boards and company web sites.  If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s a great “go-to” place that simplifies your job search.

02/24/2009 Posted by | Economy, hiring, jobs | , | 1 Comment

More Jobs Coming to Columbus, Norcross

From Georgia Public Broadcasting News

Two companies have announced in recent days that they would soon add several hundred jobs in Georgia.

YesVideo (, a company that converts home movies and videos to DVDs and other digital formats, will bring 300 jobs to Norcross next month.

The Santa Clara, Ca.-based firm says they have has 30,000 retail locations including Walgreens, Costco and CVS.

On Friday, Kodak announced that they were ramping up a third production line at their Columbus plant.

Kodak officials say the just-completed $15 million dollar investment will add another 50 jobs in coming years, bringing the total staffing to 300. The facility makes digital plates for the printing industry.

On the red side of the employment ledger, however, JP Morgan Chase says they plan to close a credit card customer service center in Kennesaw by mid-2010, eliminating 730 jobs.

The center primarily worked with the now defunct electronics retailer, Circuit City.

Chase didn’t say when the cuts would begin, but says employees will be eligible to apply for other jobs in the company.

02/23/2009 Posted by | Economy, jobs, layoffs | , , , , | Leave a comment

Where the jobs are – still

Excerpted from

If you happen to belong to the broad category of employees the Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies as “management, business, and financial occupations” — a group that includes white-collar folk whose titles range from office manager to CEO — there may well be a job opening out there somewhere with your name on it.

“…grim reports about mounting unemployment usually neglect to mention that job losses don’t fall equally across all categories of workers. The overall unemployment rate… includes people of all ages and occupations. But joblessness tends to be more widespread among very young workers, no matter what the economy is doing, points out Karen Kosanovich, an economist at the BLS.

Notes Jonas Prising, president of staffing giant Manpower North America (, “Some of the ‘job cuts’ announced in late 2008, especially by very large companies, included normal attrition like retirements, plus a certain amount of deciding simply to leave some unfilled positions open for now. So that widely cited figure of 2 million job losses is not all involuntary layoffs, which makes it far less scary than it sounds.” 


“It’s critical for job seekers to keep a sense of perspective about the downturn, because there are still companies hiring,” says president Alexandre Douzet. researchers looked at 10 metropolitan areas around the U.S. and found that out-of-work executives have the best chance of getting a new job in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, two cities where the ratio of candidates to openings is lowest (3-to-1). Boston has a job seeker-to-job ratio of 5-to-1; Philadelphia and New York are slightly tougher at 6-to-1; and Chicago, Austin, and Los Angeles are the most crowded (hence most competitive) executive job markets, with 7-to-1 ratios.


Where the jobs are

02/23/2009 Posted by | Economy, jobs | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Who’s hiring? Growth industries in the past year


Anyone considering a new career might want to know which industries are hiring. Here are the five areas that added the most jobs between Jan. 08 and Jan. 09.

Industry  –  Number of Jobs Added

Health care: 355,700

Government: 148,000

Education Services: 112,600

Management and technical consulting _ 42,500

_Computer systems design _ 38,500

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

02/21/2009 Posted by | Economy, jobs | , , | Leave a comment

Rutgers report warns of continuing job losses, recession into 2010


Job losses will continue to mire the economy in coming months and the recession may stretch into 2010, according to a report released by two Rutgers University economists.

The quarterly Sitar-Rutgers Regional Report says 1.9 million jobs were lost across the country in the last four months of 2008, the worst year for private-sector job losses since the United States began compiling such statistics in 1939.

But in New Jersey and across the United States, a shrinking job market through 2008 suggests that for the next year, at least, households will continue struggling to pay the bills — much less save money.

New Jersey lost 63,000 jobs between December 2007 and December 2008, according to preliminary employment numbers from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. That’s the most significant decline in New Jersey since 1991, when 80,800 jobs were lost.

In New Jersey’s public sector, 2008 broke a string of 11 straight years of growth as 3,200 government jobs were lost in 2008.

02/19/2009 Posted by | Economy | , , , | Leave a comment

Poll: Customer Service

(From the NYT)

The recession has quickly transformed the attitude of the Madison Avenue work force from impenetrable to inviting, seemingly overnight. What change, if any, have you noticed at your local retail store in customer service?

02/18/2009 Posted by | Economy | , , | Leave a comment

Who’s still hiring in this tough economy?


Though it is no longer a job seeker’s market, hiring has not come to a standstill. The choices of jobs may not be as numerous, but they are still out there – from smaller mom-and-pops to larger government organizations like the U.S. Census Bureau.

Private companies in health care, human resources, technology, time-shares, security, retail stores, restaurants, and supermarkets are still looking for people to hire, as others scale back and trim down their staff. The hospitality sector has been hardest hit, with retail not far behind, as national chains announce closures and cutbacks. Though some hotel workers have been able to keep their jobs, hours have been scaled back, or pay reduced.

For so long, unemployment was low, and employers would take anyone with a pulse. Job seekers got used to that. Now we’re back to higher unemployment rates, and you’ve got to work harder to find a job. Job listings are not coming in as rapidly as they did during boom times but you can still find them out there if you look hard enough. You just have to use all the resources available to you, from traditional classifieds to online job boards, and continuing to build your network.

02/16/2009 Posted by | Economy | , | 1 Comment

The Math for 3.5 Million Jobs

From Time Magazine

Congress…has put together a $789 billion stimulus package to get the economy on the road again. The most interesting and obtuse comment about the new plan came from Senator Harry Reid, who said the legislation would create 3.5 million jobs.

The 3.5 million jobs forecast has always been a mysterious subject. The language used in the original House stimulus bill indicated that the programs in the legislation would create or save 3 to 4 million jobs. The “save” part is an important distinction.

No one was discussing…what will happen if the economy continues to lose jobs at the rate it did in January. A total of 3.5 million people could be out of work between the beginning of this year and the end of June. The stimulus package will probably not have even kicked in by then. So, with the job losses from January 2009 through the end of June at 600,000 a month, the entire $789 billion will be spent filling this unemployment crater. What will it cost to add another 3.5 million jobs after the job losses from the first half of the year have been reversed? Perhaps another $789 billion.

There is a temptation to say that the stimulus package is simply a cruel trick, meant to give people some hope. Members of Congress will be able to take credit for its results two years from now if it works, or they can simply say the economy was too far gone to be saved if it fails. Either way, the issue is not creating 3.5 million jobs–it is creating 8 or 9 million.

02/12/2009 Posted by | Economy, jobs | , , | Leave a comment

Caterpillar Will Rehire If Stimulus Passes

Caterpillar Will Rehire If Stimulus Passes

SPRINGFIELD, Va. — President Barack Obama, campaigning to cast his economic plan in terms of real jobs and families, said Wednesday that machinery giant Caterpillar Inc. plans to rehire some of its laid-off workers if Congress approves a sweeping stimulus bill.

The president sought to offer a clear example of how the legislation would help as House and Senate negotiators reached for a final deal with the White House, trimming the emerging legislation down to below $800 billion. That’s still an enormous package, targeted at an economy that continues to bleed jobs.

Obama’s mention of Caterpillar also came just one day before he was heading to Peoria, Ill., to visit the company’s workers and keep pushing his plan. The heavy-equipment maker has announced more than 20,000 job cuts, as shrinking credit and construction demands hurt orders for tractors and other machines.

Said Obama: “Today, the chairman and CEO of Caterpillar said that if the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan passes, his company would be able to rehire some of those employees.” He did not specify to whom the company chairman and CEO, Jim Owens, made such a pledge.

02/11/2009 Posted by | Economy, jobs, layoffs | , , | Leave a comment

To Spend or to Save? Trick Question

From The New York Times

The Paradox of Thrift
It’s your fault. Part of it is, anyway. You, the American consumer, spent too much money. You bought too much house, took on too much debt and generally lived beyond your means. Your free-spending ways helped cause the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

And now you’re going to have to do your part to end the crisis. How? By spending. Enough already with the saving that many of you have suddenly begun doing. This very moment, Congress and President Obama are preparing to send you a tax rebate, to inspire you to stimulate the economy. So go out and stimulate. Spend as if the future of your country depended on it.

Parents of young children can join Costco and make up their membership fee with just a few months of diaper purchases. Drivers can inflate their tires, change their air and fuel filters and start getting better mileage. Frequent book buyers who don’t mind screen reading can buy the new Kindle. It costs $359, but most new books then cost less than $10.

Families who shop at rent-to-own stores, which charge ridiculous interest rates, can temporarily pare back and then buy furniture or electronics outright.

People who do a lot of laser printing can purchase a printer that uses only a cent or two of ink per page. (Many use far, far more.)

Purified water drinkers can lay off the Aquafina and buy a water filter. Seltzer drinkers can buy a seltzer maker. My wife and I now have one, and it is a beautiful thing indeed.

In these cases — and, no doubt, many others — the initial investment tends to pay off quickly, sometimes in mere months. That’s why such spending is perfectly suited to the moment. It will keep people employed or create new jobs when the economy needs the help. But it will also shore up households’ finances.

02/11/2009 Posted by | Economy | | 1 Comment