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The Best Companies to Work For are Hiring


As many big companies are announcing mass layoffs, these 20 top employers have at least 350 openings each right now. Which Best Companies to Work For are doing the most recruiting and what kind of candidates are they looking for?

Edward Jones – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): 1,040

Google – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): 350

Wegmans Food Markets – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): 2,000

Cisco Systems – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): 500

Genentech – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): 585

Methodist Hospital System – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): 400

Whole Foods Market – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): 800

Microsoft – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): Thousands

Burns & McDonnell – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): 400

Ernst & Young – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): 2,800

Booz Allen Hamilton – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): 1,046

KPMG – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): Thousands

PricewaterhouseCoopers – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): 500 ( PricewaterhouseCoopers’ goal is to hire approximately 3,000)

Scripps Health –Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): 442

Mayo Clinic – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): 1,000

Baptist Health South Florida – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): 728

Bright Horizons – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): 387

Publix Super Markets – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): 900+

T-Mobile – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): 2,163

Accenture – Number of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009): Thousands


03/05/2009 Posted by | jobs | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

How to talk to a friend who’s been laid off

I thought this was a great post. (Hat-tip to Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist). As someone fortunate to be employed (or, rather, under-employed), I wasn’t aware of how my seeming good intentions may be viewed by my less-fortunate friends and family.

Being laid off used to be taboo. But not anymore. And most of us have thought through some sort of plan for if it happens to us. Gone are the days when people pretend this is not happening.

One of the things my ex-husband and I did well, as did our peers, was learn to tag-team in the layoff department. We both got laid off pretty much all the time throughout the 90s. And somehow, we got a sort of routine, and it became a normal way of life.

Today there is a generation of us in the workforce, totally familiar with layoffs, and totally unfamiliar with the idea that a job is secure. Ever. The good news about this is that there is not a huge difference between someone laid off and someone not laid off in that all of us feel vulnerable and scared.

Which means the etiquette is different than it used to be for talking to someone who’s been laid off.

1. Don’t ask “how’s the job hunt?”
Do you know how many times a day someone hears this if he is unemployed? Ten. And even if it’s not ten really, it’s ten in his head. He asks himself that, and he imagines other people asking that, and he stresses about the answer. Because the job hunt doesn’t change much from day to day, but it’s demoralizing to report that.

So trust that someone who is laid off who has something great to report will volunteer it without you asking.

2. Ask about extracurriculars.
At this point, we have a generation that is accustomed to changing jobs often and thinking in terms of the in-between time with jobs. In between jobs is the best time for real vacations and often the best time for gaining deep knowledge of something totally new. This trend is becoming more pronounced during the current downturn. People are focusing on hobbies, kids, and their health – all interesting topics to talk about.

Those of you who are employed might find a little inspiration here. We all know that it doesn’t make sense to only do this stuff during the in-between time. So find out what changes your unemployed friends made to refocus themselves, and see if you can do it now. Before you get laid off.

3. Ask about health insurance.
There needs to be more collective knowledge on how to deal with health insurance during stints of unemployment. For most people, COBRA is about as cost-effective as a penthouse in New York City. So ask about how people are solving the insurance problem because the more we share information, the smarter we are at solving the problem when it hits us.

(What I learned from my last conversation: Move to Massachusetts. Everyone is covered there. )

4. Talk about industry news.
One of the hardest things about being laid off is keeping up in one’s industry. If you’re at the office each day, you keep up, sort of, through osmosis. But if you are not working in your field, you have to try a lot harder to keep up. Just hearing it first hand from someone who’s still employed is helpful.

So tell the person what you’re working on. Trends you’re hearing about. Personnel shifts you’ve seen. Also, gossip counts as news. Workplace gossip is a positive way to bond. The laid-off worker is cut out of this positive gossip loop, unless you supply some. So forget what your mom told you about gossip being bad karma. In this case, gossip equals good karma.

5. Offer up one good contact. (Note: that’s what The Job Exchange is doing!)
You do not need to pretend that connecting in LinkedIn is going to help this person. I mean, they should have been building their network long before the layoff loomed. But you could offer up one person you know well who could talk with the person laid off.

The truth is that we all know someone who is out of work. And we all know that the next person could be us. Anyone who is feeling smug about having a job has no grip on reality. Sure, some of it is your own doing, your own talent. But some of it is luck. Anyone could be laid off at any time.

This is why almost anyone you ask will help a friend who is laid off. Once. Giving five minutes of help is a reasonable request. So you can make it for a friend. If the friend is not smart enough to turn that five minutes into something bigger, that is not your problem.

6. Acknowledge trouble with the significant other.
More men are getting laid off than women, which puts women in a bad spot because most women choose a husband thinking he’ll earn more than she will (yes, even smarty-pants Stanford women). It used to be that we could not openly discuss the testosterone hit that comes with being laid off. But today it’s fair game, and even compassionate to acknowledge.

Not that women are picking up all the slack. They’re not. Some are in support groups to cope with their boyfriends losing their seven-figure bonuses. Other women lost their jobs right along side their partner.

But the important thing here is that men and women are talking about the relationship dynamic that goes along with a layoff, so you should tread down this conversational path as well.

7. Don’t be shy about gratitude
Tell a co-worker who’s been laid off that you miss him or her. And what you miss. It’s hard to keep up morale when you’re looking for a job. And so often we forget what we are talented at because rejection makes us feel totally un-talented.

The act of telling someone what you miss about them reminds them that they are valuable in the workplace. And it also gives you a little boost, because practicing gratitude increases your happiness by 25%. In fact, being grateful for what you have makes you happier than any job could, which is something you can remember when you’re the one who is laid off.

02/19/2009 Posted by | General, layoffs | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Work at Home Customer Service Jobs

Here are several companies that offer work at home customer service jobs. They may not be hiring at this time, so be sure to check their current openings at the website.

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02/17/2009 Posted by | jobs | , , , , | Leave a comment

Now Hiring: Lehman

From The Wall Street Journal

It’s bankrupt. Its reputation is in tatters. And it has been forced from its plush headquarters building. Yet working for Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. — what remains of it — has become one of the hottest jobs on Wall Street.

…The wages are not great by past standards. But there are hidden benefits. It could take two years or more to wind down the firm. Such a timeline promises the kind of job security that’s a rarity on Wall Street today.


Go to for contact information.

02/11/2009 Posted by | jobs | , | 3 Comments

Jobs in Greater Binghamton

The Press & Sun-Bulletin contacted about 25 of the region’s largest employers to determine whether they are hiring. Not all companies responded. Here is what they found:

BAE Systems * Location: Westover * Hiring: Yes. Locally, there are about 70 openings, mostly in engineering, manufacturing, program management and marketing.

Binghamton University * Location: Vestal * Hiring: On a very limited basis. The university has left 274 faculty and staff positions unfilled and some temporary or term employees might soon be notified that their appointments will not be renewed.

Broome Community College * Location: Dickinson * Hiring: Yes, but conservative. Priority is given to essential positions.

Endicott Interconnect Technologies * Location: Endicott * Hiring: Yes, limited hiring for professional positions

Lockheed Martin Systems Integration-Owego * Location: Owego * Hiring: Yes, the number of open positions is constantly changing. Most openings are engineering-related or require specialized technical skills.

Lourdes Hospital * Location: Binghamton * Hiring: Yes, about 90 openings that are a mix of full-time, part-time, and per diem. The majority require special training, education and licenses, such as nursing. Other available positions offer on-the-job training.

L-3 Communications Link Simulation & Training  * Location: Kirkwood * Hiring: Yes, one engineering position. Company spokesman Rick Oyler said business demands will determine the hiring outlook for 2009.

Modern Marketing Concepts * Location: Kirkwood * Hiring: Not now, but the company anticipates hiring for programs with new clients towards the end of February or beginning of March. About 30 people were laid off in December. At this point, about half of the positions have been reinstated, the company said.

Nationwide Credit Inc. * Location: Vestal * Hiring: Yes. The office plans to add 45 employees in the first quarter and expects to continue growing in the second quarter.

Rockwell Collins * Location: Choconut Center * Hiring: Foresee hiring at a modest rate

Tioga Downs * Location: Nichols * Hiring: Yes, openings are mostly seasonal and include positions in racing, food and beverage, and support operations.

United Health Services * Location: Locations throughout the Southern Tier including Wilson Regional Medical Center in Johnson City and Binghamton General Hospital in Binghamton * Hiring: Yes, plans for upcoming year include hiring about 600 people including nurses, nurse’s assistants, pharmacists and positions in radiology

Wal-Mart * Location: Vestal * Hiring: Yes, second- and third-shift positions and some sales positions are available.

Willow Run Foods * Location: Kirkwood * Hiring: The company anticipates hiring in the near future.

02/09/2009 Posted by | jobs | | Leave a comment