Archive for April, 2014

Grant to help train students for Jacksonville jobs

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

A $450 million grant under a new initiative from the Department of Labor will help train students and connect people to available Jacksonville jobs in growing industries in their communities.

The program is designed to ensure that an eligible institution in every state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico receive dedicated funding of at least $2.25 million. Single institutions may apply for grants of up to $2.5 million and consortia of institutions within the same state or among institutions that share an economic region may apply for grants up to $15 million.

The final round of grants will place a priority on three additional goals by making additional funding available to those applicants who propose to:

develop partnerships with national industry groups or employers to scale strategies across the country;
engage employers, educators, Registered Apprenticeships and the workforce system to support the development or expansion of state career pathways systems; or
improve the integration of state employment and education data.

Successful applicants will design programs that are responsive to the workforce needs of multiple employers within an industry sector by working closely with regional and national employers and industry groups.

These employer and industry partners will help identify and map necessary skills and competencies, as well as assist in designing curricula, programs, assessments or credentials that will help quickly connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.

“Community colleges play a vital role in equipping our nation’s students with the skills they need to meet the demands of today’s careers,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “This program is not about tinkering — it’s about transformation. This is not about getting more students to enroll — it’s about getting more students to graduation day and into good jobs.”

When it comes to Jacksonville jobs, soft skills are just as important as hard skills

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, many employers believe that soft skills are just as important as hard skills when it comes to Jacksonville jobs.

Soft skills include less tangible skills associated with one’s personality, such as a positive attitude.

The vast majority of employers – 77 percent – believe that soft skills are important.

Sixteen percent of employers said soft skills are more important than hard skills when evaluating candidates for a job.

The top ten most popular soft skills companies say they look for when hiring include:

1) Candidate has a strong work ethic – 73 percent

2) Candidate is dependable – 73 percent

3) Candidate has a positive attitude – 72 percent

4) Candidate is self-motivated – 66 percent

5) Candidate is team-oriented – 60 percent

6) Candidate is organized, can manage multiple priorities – 57 percent

7) Candidate works well under pressure – 57 percent

8) Candidate is an effective communicator – 56 percent

9) Candidate is flexible – 51 percent

10) Candidate is confident – 46 percent

“When companies are assessing job candidates, they’re looking for the best of both worlds: someone who is not only proficient in a particular function, but also has the right personality,” said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder. “Along with responsibilities, it’s important to highlight soft skills that can give employers an idea of how quickly you can adapt and solve problems, whether you can be relied on to follow through and how effectively you can lead and motivate others.”

Jacksonville HR jobs climb

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Temporary jobs are growing fast, and among them, Jacksonville HR jobs are at the top of the list.

According to CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), more than 2.9 million U.S. workers were employed in temporary jobs in 2013, jumping 28 percent since 2010 and outpacing the 5 percent growth rate for all jobs.

Their newest chart shows a number of temporary jobs that are growing, and human resource specialists are at the top of the list.

To help workers identify opportune areas for their job search, CareerBuilder and EMSI compiled a list of the fastest-growing occupations and metros for temporary employment in 2014. The study uses EMSI’s extensive labor market database, which pulls from over 90 national and state employment resources and includes detailed information on employees and self-employed workers.

Among occupations that pay in the middle-wage to high-wage range, and are expected to see the greatest percentage increase for temporary job growth in 2014 are:

human resource specialists
customer service reps
construction laborers
administrative assistants
registered nurses
bookkeeping, accounting clerks
maintenance and repair workers
machinists
sales reps
computer user support specialists

“Coming off of a hard-hitting recession, companies want more flexibility in their workforce to quickly ramp up and ramp down their businesses as needed. Temporary workers provide that flexibility,” said Eric Gilpin, president of CareerBuilder’s Staffing & Recruiting Group. “Temporary employment is growing across industries and metros, and providing great opportunities for workers to test-drive different work experiences and network with employers.”