Archive for October, 2013

Don’t scare off the boss when applying for Jacksonville jobs

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

OfficeTeam has taken care to create several tips to help in your job search in order to secure Jacksonville jobs, or other jobs around the U.S.

OfficeTeam warns candidates to avoid these five common job search blunders:
A frightening attitude. Confidence is a good thing; an overblown ego is not. Rather than telling hiring managers you “know more about technology than any person on earth,” point out your expertise with specific operating systems and software.
Terrifying typos. Ghoulish grammar and scary spelling errors frighten off most employers. They assume if you’re careless now, you could be a nightmare on the job. Make sure you proofread your application materials carefully before submitting them, and ask others to review them as well.
A resume that screams ‘generic!’ Using the same resume and cover letter for every job you apply for will not make you stand out. Customize your materials for each opening by explaining how you can address a company’s specific needs. Share anecdotes that illustrate the impact you made in previous roles and give insight into your personality.
A spooky web presence. What kind of trail have you left with your online activity? Make sure your digital footprint doesn’t horrify employers. Always use discretion — and appropriate privacy settings — when posting updates, comments and photos, so you’re shown in the best possible light.
Hauntingly personal details. The fact that you won a pumpkin pie eating contest or have a pet llama doesn’t matter to hiring managers. Only share information relevant to the job you want.

Manufacturing jobs in Jacksonville climb?

Friday, October 18th, 2013

The latest employment results are in, and it appears manufacturing jobs in Jacksonville are increasing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Within manufacturing, employment in motor vehicles and parts rose by 19,000 in August, after declining by 10,000 in July. Auto manufacturers laid off more workers for model changeover in July than in recent years. The return of laid-off workers contributed to the increase in August. Over the past 12 months, auto manufacturers have added 34,000 jobs.

Employment in health care increased by 33,000 in August. Within the industry, most of the job growth occurred in ambulatory care services (+27,000).

Employment increased by 169,000 in August, about in line with the average monthly gain of 184,000 over the prior 12 months. In August, job growth occurred in retail trade and health care, while employment in information declined. Employment continued to trend up in food services and drinking places, professional and business services, and wholesale trade.

Retail trade added 44,000 jobs in August and has added 393,000 jobs over the past 12 months. In August, job growth occurred in clothing stores (+14,000), food and beverage stores (+12,000), general merchandise stores (+9,000), and electronics and appliance stores (+4,000).

In August, employment in professional and business services continued to trend up (+23,000). Over the past 12 months, this industry has added 614,000 jobs. Employment in temporary help services changed
little in August.

Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in August (+21,000). Over the year, food services and drinking places has added 354,000 jobs.

In August, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was about unchanged at 4.3 million. These individuals accounted for 37.9 percent of the unemployed. Over the past 12 months, the number of long-term unemployed has declined by 733,000.

Both the number of unemployed persons, at 11.3 million, and the unemployment rate, at 7.3 percent, changed little in August. The jobless rate is down from 8.1 percent a year ago.

Macy’s recruiting for Jacksonville retail jobs

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

As the holiday season approaches, many employers are busy hiring, and that holds true for Macy’s, which is hiring for Jacksonville retail jobs.

Macy’s is hiring about 83,000 people for its retail stores.

Associates will be recruited to fill positions at its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers nationwide for the 2013 holiday season.

The company’s 2013 seasonal hiring plan compares to approximately 80,000 in 2012 (an increase of about 3.8 percent).

Seasonal associates at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s serve customers on the selling floor, work in store operations positions, interact with customers via the telephone in call centers, and staff the distribution and fulfillment centers that coordinate shipments to stores and directly to customers who buy online.

The seasonal workforce has grown in recent years in the company’s network of online fulfillment centers in support of increased sales generated by the company’s Omnichannel business strategy. In 2013, approximately 6,600 of the 83,000 total seasonal positions will be based in the four online fulfillment centers. In addition, approximately 1,200 seasonal positions will be assigned to work in the fulfillment areas of the 500 Macy’s stores that are equipped to fill and ship orders directly to customers.

Many of the advertised positions are part-time, often with flexibility to fit the availability of the individuals hired. Many positions require the applicant to work evenings, weekends or overnight. In some cases, temporary seasonal associates are offered open year-round positions based on their skills and performance over the holiday season.

“Our goal is to be well-staffed to welcome and serve customers throughout the busy holiday season, whether they are shopping or buying in stores, online or via mobile devices. We first offer our current associates the opportunity to work extra hours over the holidays, then supplement our ongoing workforce with seasonal hires. Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s are favorite places to shop through the holidays, and our seasonal associates enjoy the energy and excitement of working for our company at this festive time of the year,” said Terry J. Lundgren, Macy’s, Inc. chairman, president and chief executive officer.