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Twenty jobs that earn $20 an hour


…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

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

Layoffs Not an Option for Some US Companies


Revenue may be down and the pressure to slash costs intense, but some U.S. companies say job cuts are not an option. Companies that have avoided layoffs amid this recession are the exception, not the rule. U.S. employers have cut 5.1 million jobs since the recession began, including 663,000 last month alone. But some are looking to shave costs while keeping their work forces intact, so that when the economy does turn around, they’ll be ready to ratchet up production again.

Economists say that’s a wise move. “If you overshoot on the downside and lay off workers, it puts the company at a disadvantage when the economy comes back to life,” said Sean Snaith, economics professor at the University of Central Florida. Continue reading

04/22/2009 Posted by | hiring | , , , , | 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

Pittsburgh’s Rivers Casino Hiring More Than 800 This Spring


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


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

Sallie Mae To Add 2,000 US Jobs

Sallie Mae is the nation’s leading provider of student loans and administrator of college savings plans, has helped millions of Americans achieve their dream of a higher education. The company primarily provides federal and private student loans for undergraduate and graduate students and their parents.


Sallie Mae said Monday that it will bring 2,000 jobs to the U.S. within the next 18 months as it shifts call center and other operations from overseas.

Aside from call center positions, the nation’s largest private student lender will be looking for individuals to fill information technology and operations support roles.

Sallie Mae runs facilities in 20 U.S. locations including Lynn Haven, Fla.; Fishers, Ind.; Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Killeen, Texas and Newark, Del.

Browse their online job listings here.  Click the ‘read more’ button below to see how to avoid the black hole!

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04/06/2009 Posted by | hidden job market | , , , | 3 Comments

Top 10 Companies Hiring Now


Amedisys Home Health Services


Sava Senior Care

United American Insurance Company



UnitedHealth Group

Sears Roebuck and Co.

Red Robin Gourmet

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

Jobs in the Green Industry


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

Yahoo! HotJobs Top 100 Companies Hiring Now

From Yahoo! HotJobs


Hiring activity remains strong in several job categories right now. Below are the top categories, by number of job openings, in the HotJobs 100.


Top Companies in Healthcare 

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03/24/2009 Posted by | jobs | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

GMAC to add ‘hundreds’ of jobs in Charlotte

From The Charlotte Observer

Charlotte’s beleaguered financial industry is getting a shot of good news today from auto lender GMAC Financial Services.

Gov. Bev Perdue on Thursday said she will be in Charlotte today for a jobs announcement, although her administration declined to provide details. Multiple sources said the event is related to a much-anticipated GMAC expansion. 

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03/23/2009 Posted by | jobs | , , | Leave a comment

The Ten Companies That Will Lead The US Out Of The Recession

There are an extremely small number of companies likely to do relatively well during the recession, either because they are the market share leaders in their industries by a wide margin, or they are in businesses that sell products and services that are a necessary part of everyday life. The signals of a recovery will probably come from companies that are No. 2 or 3 in their industries. It will be telling if they can begin to show even slightly improving trends operating in the shadow of larger competitors. The other area of corporate America worth watching is the sectors that have done substantially worse than most, which includes airlines, automobiles, and media companies.

Looking though a list of some of America’s largest companies to find firms which fit these descriptions, 24/7 Wall St. identified ten companies to watch for signs of an economic recovery. A reasonable quarter or a slightly better-than-expected outlook from some of these companies should show that the recession is coming to a close.

Some of the companies on this list may surprise you:

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03/19/2009 Posted by | jobs | , , | 1 Comment

Would You Work at AIG?

Give it some thought. They have 578 openings across the US (including 462 full-time positions).

If you click the link in this post, please come back and let us know what you think of potentially working for this company.

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03/18/2009 Posted by | job search | , , | 4 Comments

13 companies hiring this year


Here are a variety of such strong companies in various industries, which are looking to hire a diverse selection of jobs in 2009, despite the tough economy:

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03/16/2009 Posted by | job search | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Last Week’s Top Posts

In case you missed them, here are the top posts (in descending order) our readers looked at last week:


> The Best Companies to Work For are Hiring 


> Apply Now: The Black Hole 


> Job Search Engine: LinkUp         


> Top 10 Social Sites for Finding a Job 

03/15/2009 Posted by | General | , | 2 Comments