Archive for January, 2015

Are you ready to find Jacksonville jobs?

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Careerbuilder has some tips when it comes to finding Jacksonville jobs, among other locations.

The job board has come up with several tips.

1) Follow the data – Want to know where the most job opportunities are? Check out reports published by Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job sites like and staffing firms. They can tell you which jobs are growing the fastest, the education and skills you’ll need, salary ranges and more.

2) Join a company’s talent network – More companies are creating online talent networks to capture potential job candidates and keep in touch with new job openings. Even if you’re not the right fit for a position today, you could be the perfect fit a few months down the line.

3) Use all the resources available to promote your personal brand – From posting different versions of your resume on job sites to networking (both online and off), to showcasing your skills through social media and on blogs, use every opportunity to introduce potential employers to your professional brand.

4) Ask for feedback – Of workers who applied to a job over the last 12 months, but didn’t get it, only 44 percent – less than half – asked the employer for feedback on why they weren’t chosen. One of the best ways to gain insight into what employers are looking for or how you can interview better is to ask hiring managers directly.

5) Don’t disqualify yourself – Many workers, especially those new to the workforce, may automatically dismiss a position because they don’t have the exact skill set needed. While companies want qualified candidates, they’re also willing to train workers who may have some, but not all, of the skills required for the job. Emphasize your strengths and how they’re relevant to the job at hand, providing examples of ways you’ve contributed to organizations in the past.

Thirty percent of workers reported that they regularly search for job opportunities even though they’re currently employed, and 16 percent are determined to land a new position in the New Year. Among workers ages 18 to 34, 23 percent expect to have a new job by year-end.

When asked if they could choose extra perks to make their workplace more satisfying, the most popular choices workers pointed to include:
•Half-day Fridays – 40 percent
•On-site fitness center – 22 percent
•Daily catered lunches – 21 percent
•Massages – 16 percent
•Being able to wear jeans – 15 percent

Transportation jobs in Jacksonville climb

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

The newest employment report from ADP shows that transportation jobs in Jacksonville are growing.

According to the report, private sector employment increased by 241,000 jobs from November to December according to the December.

Payrolls for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased by 106,000 jobs in December, up from 99,000 in November.

Expansion in trade/transportation/utilities grew by 44,000, down from November’s 54,000. The 16,000 new jobs added in financial activities was well above last month’s 5,000 and represented the largest monthly gain for 2014 in that sector.

“December delivered another strong number well above 200,000 to close out a solid year of employment growth with over two and a half million jobs added,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP. “Small businesses continued to lead the way, but mid-sized and large companies also showed solid gains.”

Company creates regional manager jobs in Jacksonville

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

W&O, a supplier of marine valves, pipe, fittings, engineered products, valve automation and data management systems, has restructured its corporate structure and also has created regional manager jobs in Jacksonville.

The company has created six regional management positions.

Scott Hendrickson, Northeast Regional Manager
Scott leads the Linden, N.J. and Philadelphia, Pa. branches, which service the entire New England and northern Midwest regions, extending from Nova Scotia to the Great Lakes to Baltimore. Having started his career as an officer on commercial vessels, Scott has been with W&O for more than 15 years, all of which have been spent servicing the northeastern region. Scott is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.

Carl Herman, Southeast Regional Manager
Carl Herman will lead the Norfolk, Va.; Charleston, S.C.; and Jacksonville, Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa, Fla. branches. Carl has been with W&O for more than 20 years, most recently as Director of Materials Management, and has worked in nearly every function within W&O.

Debbie Garner, Gulf of Mexico Regional Manager
Debbie Garner will lead W&O’s Gulf branches, which include Houston, Texas; Mobile, Ala.; and Houma and New Orleans, La. Debbie has been overseeing W&O’s New Orleans and Mobile branches for nearly a decade and recently took over the Houston branch as well. In 2008, Debbie opened the Houma branch to serve W&O’s growing customer base in southern Louisiana and is now overseeing all Gulf of Mexico branch operations for W&O. Debbie started her career on the shipyard side of the business and has been with W&O for 20 years.

“Due to growth W&O has experienced and the continued expansion we have projected for the future, we saw the need to create regional management positions that focus on the overall internal and external needs at our branches,” said Michael Hume, President and CEO of W&O. “To fulfill these roles, we’ve identified individuals who have industry and W&O experience, and have a deep understanding of our customer base. Their knowledge of the markets they represent at the regional level will foster a higher level of customer service and active involvement with their markets.”