Jacksonville jobs grow

January 7th, 2018

The latest labor statistics show that Jacksonville jobs are growing.

The Jacksonville area added 18,400 new private-sector jobs in the last year. Jacksonville’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in November, down 1.1 percentage points from one year ago.

Statewide, Florida businesses created 13,900 new jobs in November and the unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent, the lowest rate in more than a decade. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,465,800 new private-sector jobs.

Governor Scott said, “The Jacksonville area’s low unemployment rate and addition of more than 18,000 new jobs is great news for First Coast families. Statewide, nearly 1.5 million jobs have been created since December 2010 and we will keep working to secure Florida’s future as the best place for job creators and families to succeed.”

The industries with the highest growth over the year in Jacksonville were trade, transportation and utilities with 8,400 new jobs and professional and business services with 3,700 new jobs.

The Jacksonville area once again rounded out the top five metro areas in job demand, with 20,620 openings, and ranked fourth-highest for number of high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 5,794 job openings.

In the last year, 199,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 2.0 percent. This rate is nearly three times the national labor force growth rate of only 0.7 percent. In November, 16,990 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Northeast Florida and the state’s other 23 local workforce boards.

Are co-workers with Jacksonville jobs getting unusual gifts?

January 5th, 2018

Spreading holiday cheer at Jacksonville jobs includes getting some unusual gifts, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey about the holidays in the workplace.

While many will receive a gift from their boss this year, co-workers will also be in the giving spirit this holiday season. Twenty-two percent of workers say they plan to buy holiday gifts for their co-workers, and 22 percent plan to buy a gift for their boss, similar to last year’s findings. Female workers this year are more likely to give gifts to colleagues (28 percent) than males (16 percent).

Of the workers who plan on spending on their co-workers or bosses this holiday season, 34 percent are planning to spend $10 or less on each gift, 59 percent will spend $11-50 and 6 percent will spend $51 and above.

Fifteen percent of workers have given in the past, but this year will be unable to afford it. No matter what you are able to give this holiday season, make sure it is remembered for the right reasons. The following are among the most unusual gifts workers have received from co-workers during the holidays:

  • A coaster with their face on it
  • A nightgown
  • Chicken earrings
  • Coupons from a grocery store
  • Roasted grasshoppers
  • Saran Wrap
  • Jar of glitter
  • Party dip recipe
  • An ornament shaped like an engagement ring
  • Wooden cat statues
  • Used candles

Employers are finding different ways to ensure workers enter the holiday season with added cheer, including:

  • Parties: 71 percent of employers plan on throwing a holiday party for employees this year – up from 69 percent from last year and 61 percent in 2008.
  • Bonuses: 61 percent of employers plan to give employee holiday bonuses this year – up significantly from 54 percent last year and 38 percent in 2008.
  • Gifts: More than half of employers (55 percent) are buying gifts for workers this year – up from 46 percent last year and 33 percent in 2008.

Do you need a degree for Jacksonville driver jobs?

December 8th, 2017

Some of the best jobs you may not need a degree for, and that includes jobs for Jacksonville driver jobs.

Careerbuilder came up with a list of the hottest in-demand jobs for 2018 that do not require a college degree, comprised of occupations where the number of job postings each month outpace the number of people they actually hire. The list includes other data points, such as job growth and salary.

Among occupations that do not typically require a college education and have the largest gap between job openings and hires are the following:

Occupation

Average Monthly Unique Job Postings

Average Monthly Hires

Gap Between Postings and Hires

Job Growth 2012-2017

Total Employment in 2017

Median Hourly Earnings

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

1,662,847

107,845

1,555,003

174,188

1,966,281

$19.26

First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

276,477

85,445

192,033

60,541

1,428,776

$17.10

Food Service Managers

60,718

20,007

40,710

22,240

285,765

$19.82

Insurance Sales Agents

57,103

17,183

39,920

51,659

585,302

$23.17

Do bad hires affect Jacksonville jobs?

December 8th, 2017

Bad hires may be affecting the state of Jacksonville jobs.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, companies lost an average of $14,900 on every bad hire in the last year, and it’s a common mistake — nearly three in four employers (74 percent) say they’ve hired the wrong person for a position.

When asked how a bad hire affected their business in the last year, employers cited less productivity (37 percent), lost time to recruit and train another worker (32 percent) and compromised quality of work (31 percent).
How do you know if you’ve hired the wrong person? When asked what made them think they had made the wrong decision, employers who have made a bad hire said:

  • While the candidate didn’t have all the needed skills, thought they could learn quickly: 35 percent
  • Candidate lied about his/her qualifications: 33 percent
  • Took a chance on a nice person: 32 percent
  • Pressured to fill the role quickly: 30 percent
  • Had a hard time finding qualified candidates: 29 percent
  • Focused on skills and not attitude: 29 percent
  • Ignored some of the warning signs: 25 percent
  • Lacked adequate tools to find the right person: 10 percent
  • Didn’t do a complete background check: 10 percent
  • Didn’t work close enough with HR: 7 percent

Two in three workers (66 percent) say they have accepted a job and later realized it was a bad fit, and while half of these workers (50 percent) have quit within six months, more than a third (37 percent) have stuck it out. Workers who said they had taken a job only to realize it’s a bad fit said they noticed their mistake based on toxic work culture (46 percent), boss’ management style (40 percent), job didn’t match what was described in the job listing and interviews (37 percent), and a lack of clear expectations around the role (33 percent).

Retailer hires for Jacksonville seasonal jobs

December 8th, 2017

Michael’s is hiring this holiday season for Jacksonville seasonal jobs.

The company will hire more than 15,000 seasonal positions across its U.S. and Canadian stores and distribution centers this holiday season.

Last year, more than 50% of seasonal positions transitioned to regular roles after the holidays.

“At Michaels, we believe anyone can make something great, including decisions around where they choose to work. As Michaels Team Members, we work hard and have fun as we help customers turn their inspiration and creativity into reality,” said Bryan Venberg, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Stores. “During the busy holiday season this is even more important, and we’re excited to hire more than 15,000 seasonal Team Members this year to support our customers as they make their holiday projects come to life.”

According to their website, seasonal Michaels Team Members receive competitive wages, flexible schedules and a 30% discount in a creative atmosphere that makes working fun. Being on Michaels store team is “an experience filled with hard work, creativity and teamwork. Each Team Member helps customers create something amazing – no small task. Seasonal positions are being offered in the 1,366 stores across 49 states in the U.S. and Canada.”

Retail company hires for Jacksonville seasonal jobs

November 7th, 2017

Macy’s announced it will hire for the holiday season and may be recruiting for Jacksonville seasonal jobs.

Macy’s will hire

  • About 18,000 of the 80,000 total seasonal positions will be based in direct-to-consumer fulfillment facilities that support sales generated by the company’s omnichannel business strategy. This is an increase of 3,000 positions compared to 2016. These positions are located in megacenters in Goodyear, AZ; Cheshire, CT; Tulsa, OK; Portland, TN; and Martinsburg, WV, as well as in product-specific fulfillment centers in Sacramento, CA; Stone Mountain, GA; Secaucus, NJ; and Joppa, MD.
  • Approximately 1,000 associates will be hired to interact with customers via telephone, email and online chat at customer service centers in Mason, OH; Clearwater, FL; and Tempe, AZ.
  • More than 1,000 people will be hired across the country to support the 91st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santalands and other iconic holiday events.

Seasonal associates at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s serve customers on the selling floor, work in store operations positions, interact with customers via call centers, and staff the distribution and fulfillment centers that coordinate shipments to stores and directly to customers who buy online or via mobile. Macy’s, Inc. is one of the largest online retailers in America. Most seasonal positions are part-time, often with flexibility to fit the availability of the individuals hired.

“Macy’s greatest strength is our talent, and our associates, who directly engage with our customers, play a major role in our success. During the holiday season, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s shoppers appreciate our higher staffing levels wherever they connect with us – in stores, online and mobile, or by phone, and our associates love the income-earning opportunity,” said Jeff Gennette, Macy’s, Inc. chief executive officer. “We first offer current associates the opportunity to work extra hours over the holidays, and then add to our workforce with seasonal hires. We also employ students, retirees and individuals from many walks of life who wish to supplement their income and benefit from receiving a merchandise discount. We are proud to offer them this opportunity to work in a fun, fast-paced and collegial environment.”

“The overall number of seasonal associates is in line with our streamlined store base. By increasing the number of associates in our direct-to-consumer fulfillment facilities, we’re ensuring our customers get the service and seamless omnichannel experience they want during this important time of year,” concluded Gennette.

 

Is company hiring for food service jobs in Jacksonville?

November 2nd, 2017

Whole Foods announced they are having a big hiring event and may be hiring for food service jobs in Jacksonville.

The company said it is searching for qualified candidates to join its team. On November 2, the grocer is hosting a National Hiring Day at all of its U.S. stores with a goal of hiring 6,000 new Team Members.

The event includes full-time and part-time opportunities for both seasonal and permanent positions, including cashiers, culinary experts and prepared foods specialists.

Candidates can visit any Whole Foods Market store on November 2 and receive an interview, with opportunities for on-the-spot job offers.

According to its website, Whole Foods Market offers competitive pay and benefits for both full-time and part-time Team Members, including a 20 percent in-store discount.

With flexible schedules and an empowered environment, these positions provide the opportunity to grow in a company that is focused on providing customers with the best possible in-store experience and service.

 

Employers hiring for administrative jobs in Jacksonville

October 29th, 2017

More employers are hiring for administrative jobs in Jacksonville, among other areas, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey.

In Q3 2017, 44 percent of employers added full-time, permanent headcount while 8 percent decreased headcount, both improvements over the previous year. Positive trends are expected to continue with 43 percent of employers planning to hire new employees in the fourth quarter, up from 34 percent last year. Seven percent expect to reduce staff, down from 9 percent last year, while 47 percent anticipate no change and 3 percent are unsure.

Retailers are expecting another busy shopping season and are becoming more competitive in terms of what they are willing to pay seasonal workers. Half of retailers plan to hire seasonal workers in Q4 and, of these employers1, two-thirds (66 percent) will pay them $10 or more per hour, a big jump from 53 percent in 2016 and 43 percent in 2015.

Employers across industries are also prepared to pay a higher premium for seasonal talent. Of those hiring seasonal workers, 45 percent will pay $15 or more per hour. Top areas they will be hiring seasonal staff for include:

  • Customer Service – 38 percent
  • Accounting/Finance – 24 percent
  • Administrative/Clerical Support – 22 percent
  • Technology – 18 percent
  • Shipping and Delivery – 15 percent
  • Inventory Management – 14 percent
  • Gift-wrapping – 12 percent
  • Hospitality – 10 percent
  • Sales (non-retail) – 9 percent
  • Public Relations – 9 percent
  • Marketing – 9 percent

Flexibility is key in landing seasonal gigs, according to the study. When hiring managers were asked to identify what turns them off when they are interviewing a seasonal job candidate, refusing to work certain shifts was at the top of their list:

  • Unwilling to work certain hours – 46 percent
  • Doesn’t take the interview seriously – 42 percent
  • Is not enthusiastic – 40 percent
  • Too casual or unprofessional – 38 percent
  • Knows nothing about the company or products – 30 percent

Company hires for customer service jobs in Jacksonville

October 7th, 2017

Walmart, the retail giant, has pledged to give their employees more hours, which will affect customer service jobs in Jacksonville.

Judith McKenna, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Walmart U.S, said:

“The holidays are a special time of year for our customers and associates and also one of the busiest. To help customers save time and money this season, we are offering the extra hours available this time of year to our current associates rather than hiring thousands of seasonal workers.

“These extra hours will help staff traditional roles like cashier and stocker, and newly created technology-empowered positions such as personal shoppers and Pickup associates. This is the same approach we took last year, and we heard great feedback from our customers and associates.

“This is what working in retail is all about, and we know our associates have the passion to do even more this year. We’ve increased our focus on service through new training, tools and technology. Thousands of associates have completed training in our Pathways and Academy programs, which prepares them to more effectively serve customers, especially during this busy season.

“We are also bringing back the very popular Holiday Helper and increasing the number of Helpers we have in stores this season. These associates are dedicated to helping customers get through the stores faster by finding the shortest checkout line, opening registers as needed and will even quickly grab items customers might have forgotten.

“Our associates make the holidays come to life in our stores, and we are thankful for everything they do to help our customers have the best possible shopping experience. As we head into our busiest time of the year, we know associates are ready to deliver for our customers and help give them a memorable and affordable Christmas.”

Company raising wages may affect Jacksonville retail jobs

October 6th, 2017

Target has made a big announcement that may affect some Jacksonville retail jobs.

The company announced plans to raise its minimum hourly wage for all team members to $11 in October, along with a commitment to increasing the minimum hourly wage to $15 by the end of 2020. This significant investment in its team will allow Target to continue to recruit and retain strong team members and provide an elevated experience for its guests and in the communities it serves.

“Target has a long history of investing in our team members. We care about and value the more than 323,000 individuals who come together every day with an absolute commitment to serving our guest,” said Brian Cornell, CEO and chairman of Target. “Target has always offered market competitive wages to our team members. With this latest commitment, we’ll be providing even more meaningful pay, as well as the tools, training and support our team needs to build their skills, develop professionally and offer the service and expertise that set Target apart.”

By moving to an $11 minimum hourly wage this fall, Target will provide pay increases to thousands of team members across the country before the holiday season. This increase will also apply to the more than 100,000 hourly team members that Target is hiring for the holiday season. The commitment to move to a minimum hourly wage of $15 will be implemented between now and the end of 2020.

Target currently pays market competitive rates above the federal minimum wage at all stores nationwide. Target’s last major wage increase was in 2016, when the company moved to a $10 minimum hourly wage. A minimum hourly wage of $11 is higher than the minimum wage in 48 states, and matches the minimum wage in Massachusetts and Washington.

Additionally, Target offers a variety of schedules to meet the needs of its diverse population and works with its teams to build schedules around their availability. With input from its team members, Target posts store schedules in advance, allows store team members to trade and pick up shifts at their store location, and doesn’t do on-call or snap scheduling at its stores.