Archive for June, 2014

Employers check out those with Jacksonville jobs

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Employers are busy looking at those with Jacksonville jobs to make sure they have clean social media profiles. A new survey points out that these profiles may keep them from getting a job.

The survey from found that 51 percent of employers who research job candidates on social media said they’ve found content that caused them to not hire the candidate, up from 43 percent last year and 34 percent in 2012.

According to the survey, forty-three percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, up from 39 percent last year and 36 percent in 2012. Additionally, 12 percent of employers don’t currently research candidates on social media, but plan to start, according to the national survey.

one third (33 percent) of employers who research candidates on social networking sites say they’ve found content that made them more likely to hire a candidate. What’s more, nearly a quarter (23 percent) found content that directly led to them hiring the candidate, up from 19 percent last year.

Some of the most common reasons employers hired a candidate based on their social networking presence included:

· Got a good feel for the job candidate’s personality, could see a good fit within the company culture – 46 percent

· Job candidate’s background information supported their professional qualifications for the job – 45 percent

· Job candidate’s site conveyed a professional image – 43 percent

· Job candidate was well-rounded, showed a wide range of interests – 40 percent

· Job candidate had great communication skills – 40 percent

· Job candidate was creative – 36 percent

· Job candidate received awards and accolades – 31 percent

· Other people posted great references about the job candidate – 30 percent

· Job candidate had interacted with my company’s social media accounts – 24 percent

· Job candidate had a large amount of followers or subscribers – 14 percent

Transportation jobs in Jacksonville on the rise?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

A recent employment report shows that transportation jobs in Jacksonville may be climbing.

According to the ADP National Employment Report, private sector jobs increased by 179,000 from April to May.

Expansion in trade/transportation/utilities grew by 35,000, the same number of jobs added in April. The 6,000 new jobs added in financial activities was down slightly from 8,000 last month.

Payroll growth for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased in May adding 82,000 jobs, up from a downwardly revised 76,000 in April and almost reaching the twelve-month average of 84,000. Job growth slowed over the month for medium-sized and large firms.

Employment among medium-sized companies with 50-499 employees rose by 61,000, down from 82,000 in April. Employment at large companies – those with 500 or more employees – increased by 37,000, down from 56,000 the previous month. Companies with 500-999 employees shed 3,000 jobs after adding 23,000 in April.

n addition, employment in nonfarm private small business payrolls rose 82,000 in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, accounting for 46% of employment gains across all payroll size groups.

Within small businesses, 58% of the employment growth contribution was associated with companies having between 1-19 employees.

Goods-producing employment rose by 29,000 jobs in May, up from 21,000 jobs gained in April.

The construction industry added 14,000 jobs over the month, down slightly from 16,000 in April. Meanwhile, manufacturing added 10,000 jobs in May, up from April’s 2,000 and the largest number since December last year.

Service-providing employment rose by 150,000 jobs in May, down from 194,000 in April. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/ business services contributed the most to the lower overall number in May – adding 46,000 jobs, down from 75,000 in April.

Did workers holding IT jobs in Fayetteville change jobs?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

A recent survey from Careerbuilder pointed out that some workers that have IT jobs in Fayetteville, among other locations, may be pressed to look for other jobs.

Twenty-five percent of full-time IT employees plan to change jobs in 2014, up significantly from 15 percent last year.

Sixty-five percent of workers are satisfied with their jobs, down from 72 percent in 2013; 19 percent are dissatisfied, up from 12 percent last year. However, the satisfaction rate among IT employees remains higher than the average for all workers, which fell to 59 percent this year from 66 percent in 2013.

“Retention of IT workers is a perennial challenge for many companies, but the survey suggests 2014 could be a particularly active year for turnover,” said Eric Presley, chief technology officer of CareerBuilder. “In one sense, this is good news for the tech job market. When workers sense they have options, it’s a sign that job demand is healthy and wages are on the rise. On the other hand, employers will have to focus more on incentivizing their best tech talent by providing advancement or development opportunities and a workplace culture that suits their needs.”

The following percentages reflect the share of IT workers who rank each factor above their paycheck:

· Job stability: 69 percent

· Location: 64 percent

· Good work culture: 60 percent

· Affordable benefit plans: 57 percent

· Good career advancement opportunities: 40 percent

· Ability to telecommute: 40 percent (compared to 19 percent for workers in all occupations)

· Ability to offer flexible schedules: 40 percent

· Learning opportunities: 40 percent