The Job Exchange

Tapping Into The Hidden Job Market

Twenty jobs that earn $20 an hour

From cnn.com

…to give you an idea of what occupations us “regular people” earn, here are 20 jobs that pay a median hourly wage of $20, which works out to $41,600 annually based on a 40-hour workweek.

1. Carpet installers
What they do:
As their name implies, carpet installers prepare surfaces for carpet and then cut the pieces into the appropriate size for the room and ensure it’s properly installed.
Hourly median earning: $20.00*

2. Massage therapists
What they do
: Massage therapists use their training in massage to help patients with pain, tension or other physical ailments.
Hourly median earning: $20.00

3. Outside collector
What they do:
Outside collectors work on behalf of an organization to contact customers and clients who are delinquent in paying their bills.
Hourly median earning: $20.00

4. Vocational training instructor
What they do:
Vocational training instructors educate students in vocational fields, often in vocational schools or other postsecondary institutions.
Hourly median earning: $20.02

5. Truck mechanic
What they do:
Truck mechanics service large diesel trucks (think big rigs, not pick-up) and ensure they’re working properly.
Hourly median earning: $20.04

6. Tax examiners, collectors and revenue agents
What they do:
Tax examiners, collectors and revenue agents each have specific duties, but all include ensuring that the government collects all the money it is owed and that people are handling their taxes properly.
Hourly median earning: $20.05

Read the entire article at http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/worklife/04/22/cb.20.jobs.20.dollars/index.html.

05/03/2009 Posted by | jobs | | Leave a comment

How To Find a Job

I just happened to stumble upon this amazing article yesterday as I was cooling my heels waiting to board a flight to New Jersey.

I had picked up the latest copy of Fortune magazine (the headline “How to Find a Job” caught my attention), and was THRILLED to see so many of the ideas and tips we’ve espoused here laid out in the article.

This is a MUST READ for every job seeker out there.  We’ve talked endlessly here about the hidden job market, the resume black hole, and why it is vital that you find creative ways to reach the people responsible for hiring decisions.

So take a few minutes to read every line of this article. And please, go back and read some of the posts we’ve put up here, including:

Apply Now: The Black Hole

Google Power Job Search Tips

Sallie Mae To Add 2,000 US Jobs  (warning: this will give you one of the “secrets” to locating real people in a company!)

Job Search Secret: Trade Shows

04/17/2009 Posted by | hidden job market, job search | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac: 3,000+ Jobs

From the New York Times:

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are suffering from an exodus of senior and midlevel managers. The companies have been unable to replace executives who have either been pushed aside as part of last year’s government takeover, or who sought refuge at less stigmatized companies offering better pay and a more predictable future.

News articles are another great resource for finding the elusive hidden job market. A quick search at Indeed.com shows that Fannie Mae has over 1,300 openings

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04/16/2009 Posted by | hidden job market, job search | , , , , | 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

3,706 Social Networking Jobs

Social networking jobs via Indeed Job Trends.

Read more to see where the jobs are located.

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04/13/2009 Posted by | jobs | , , | Leave a comment

Wells Fargo + Record Profits = JOBS

From Huffingtonpost.com

Stocks surged Thursday to their highest levels in two months after banking giant Wells Fargo & Co. surprised the market with an early profit report that blew past analysts’ expectations thanks to a strong increase in its lending business.

A quick peek at Wells’ career site displays hundreds of job openings throughout the country. As well, go back to their main career page and you can also view the Wachovia openings. (As of January 1, 2009 , Wachovia is part of Wells Fargo.)

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04/10/2009 Posted by | hidden job market, jobs | , , , , | Leave a comment

Are Recruiters Listening?

Job Boards Are Obsolete

To those who use job boards, whether as a recruiter or job seeker, the statement that job boards are obsolete should not come as a surprise.

To their credit, sites like Monster and CareerBuilder revolutionized the process of bringing candidates and employers together. Downstream, they spawned entire new industries and businesses. At their inception, the concept of Internet-based recruiting and job searching was, to say the least, earth-moving.

Some of us here grudgingly admit being around before these sites were hatched. Before the Internet was a reality and personal computers were mass-produced (and affordable), we vividly remember TYPING resumes (on an IBM Selectric or word processor), and bringing them to print shops for volume copying on heavy-weight, wheat-colored paper. And no, we didn’t forget the matching envelopes!

Each day, we would search the NEWSPAPERS (yes, dear readers, hard copy) for job listings and circle the ones for which we wished to apply. The last part of the “application” process was TYPING a cover letter for each application, getting it in the (snail) mail, and waiting for a call to come in. One important distinction, though, was that each resume was sent to a REAL PERSON. After a few days, a job seeker actually had the ability to CALL and SPEAK to that person to follow up on the resume.

What a concept.

Imagine a world today where you see a job, apply for it, and make contact with a real person. Back then, in the space of a few days, a job seeker knew the outcome of a job application. Today…well, they never really know, do they?

So why, compared with last year, is Monster.com down 3.5% for unique site visitors compared to last year?

And why is CareerBuilder.com down 23.8% for unique site visitors?    (Source: http://www.compete.com)

Visits are down because job boards, as we know them, are bursting at the seams with job postings that, quite frankly, read like any other. Other than a glitzy posting or link to a company’s career site, there is no longer anything innovative or helpful for an employer. Lots of static, no signal. As a result, they have become highly ineffective–for both parties. Continue reading

04/09/2009 Posted by | job search, recruiting | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pittsburgh’s Rivers Casino Hiring More Than 800 This Spring

From popcitymedia.com:

Pittsburgh’s Rivers Casino is hiring big-time this spring with job openings for more than 800 employees.

The North Shore casino announced a major recruiting drive this month, which will take place through a series of one-day career fairs, dates to be set in the near future. The average salary will be $30,000, says Andre Barnabei, vice president of Human Resources.

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04/09/2009 Posted by | jobs | , , | Leave a comment

Call Centers Hiring

From TMCNet.com:

Contact centers are one area that continues to grow and hire amidst a dismal economy that has seen massive layoffs and closures in retail and in other fields. Here is a recent sample of the expansions that have been taking place:

Affina plans to hire 100 people for inbound sales work at its El Paso, Texas contact center.  USA 800 is hiring 150 people in Kansas City, MO, which will be working in a new building, after landing several accounts. The firm told WDAF-TV that it experienced 20 percent growth last year and is forecasting 25 percent in 2009.

The News Journal reports that Barclaycard, the U.S. arm of U.K. financial services firm Barclays, will open a new contact center just outside of Newark, DE, in April, creating 300 jobs initially and 500 in the next five years. The company will fill the Iron Hill Corporate Center property that was previously occupied by Bank of America and MBNA.

OneTouchDirect, is adding more than 700 agents at two Tampa, FL-area contact centers over the next three months. OneTouch recruiting manager Dixie E. Glisson Jr., in an interview with the St. Petersburg Times cites growth in two recession-proof and recession-driving products: wireless communications and supplemental health insurance coverage in the event of layoffs.

Click here to contact OneTouchDirect’s Leadership Team. Or, go to their employment page, where there are three position categories: Customer Service, Management, and Sales. Outbound sales reps make $12-18.00 per hour.

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04/08/2009 Posted by | jobs | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Got Chocolate?

Might be some “sweet” opportunities here.

Godiva http://www.godivacareers.com/
Ghirardelli http://www.ghirardelli.com/about/jobs/default.aspx
Hershey https://jobs-hersheys.icims.com/jobs/intro
Mars http://www.mars.com/global/Careers+At+Mars/Professionals/Job+Search.htm
Nestlé http://www.nestle.com/Careers/Introduction/Careers.htm
Divine Chocolate http://www.divinechocolate.com/jobs/jobs.aspx
Cadbury http://www.cadbury.com/CAREERS/Pages/careers.aspx
Russell Stover http://www.russellstover.com/jump.jsp?itemType=CATEGORY&itemID=214

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04/06/2009 Posted by | jobs | , , , | Leave a comment

Top 10 Companies Hiring Now

 AT&T

Amedisys Home Health Services

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sava Senior Care

United American Insurance Company

Kmart

Aflac

UnitedHealth Group

Sears Roebuck and Co.

Red Robin Gourmet

04/03/2009 Posted by | job search | | Leave a comment

Job Hunters Trapped in a Resume Black Hole

From Northjersey.com

Employers: What (or who) is it you need that you can’t find?

When I’m with human resource professionals, I hear — despite the mounting unemployment rate and job eliminations — that they’re having trouble filling current needs.

Apparently, the 7.2 percent of the labor force who are out of work and looking to become re-employed aren’t what employers need.

Or it could be that the old saw reigns: You’ll hear again and again from recruiters that someone is more employable when they’re working than when they’re not.

That’s sand in the wounds of many fine, but currently unemployed, job hunters who lost jobs through no performance fault of their own. Unfortunately, there’s usually a first-glance suspicion that joblessness is the worker’s fault.

Many of the job hunters I meet understand that. They desperately want the opportunity to make their case. But they can’t get that far.

Today’s hiring systems in many of the big companies have become impersonal, computer-based filtering systems.

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04/02/2009 Posted by | job search | , | Leave a comment

Recruiters: How Big Is Your Black Hole?

Readers here may recall our post, “Apply Now: The Black Hole.” In seaching cyberspace today (perhaps for those missing resumes!), I stumbled across this article at ere.net that was written back in the stone ages (2001) that discusses the very problem we are attempting to address here.

As you read this, keep in mind that the audience for this article was recruiters.

From ere.net

Is your organization suffering from “black hole” syndrome? So does having a lot of resumes in your database imply that you have a black hole in your recruiting process?  Let’s look at some symptoms of this syndrome:

Significant and consistent complaints from internal and/or external candidates stating that they submit a resume or on-line application and never hear from the company again.

When the same candidates phone up the company to follow up, it’s difficult or impossible for anyone to verify that their information actually made it into the system and when.

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04/01/2009 Posted by | job search | , , | 3 Comments

Jobs in the Green Industry

From JobHunt.org

Green Employers’ Career Pages:

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04/01/2009 Posted by | jobs | , | Leave a comment

Help-Wanted: Fraud Investigators

From The New York Times

Recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that the number of open mortgage-fraud investigations was more than 1,600 at the end of fiscal 2008, which ended Sept. 30, compared with 881 two years earlier. In addition, 530 corporate-fraud investigations were open, it said.

The bureau is recruiting people to help with these investigations, including those with experience in computer science and accounting. People who speak a foreign language and those who are certified fraud examiners also have an advantage. Certification is a credential offered by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners that notes proficiency and experience in fraud prevention, detection and deterrence.

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03/30/2009 Posted by | hiring, job search | , , | 1 Comment