Archive for October, 2016

Inventory management jobs in Jacksonville grow

Monday, October 31st, 2016

A new hiring forecast from Careerbuilder shows that inventory management jobs in Fayetteville may be climbing.

According to CareerBuilder’s Q4 2016 U.S. Job Forecast, 47 percent of employers expect to increase pay for seasonal workers in Q4. Of those hiring seasonal employees, 75 percent will pay $10 or more per hour, up from 72 percent last year, and nearly 3 in 10 (28 percent) expect to pay $16 or more per hour, up from 19 percent last year.

Looking across industries, one-third of employers (33 percent) expect to hire seasonal workers in Q4, the same as last year. An increasing number of these employers are viewing seasonal hiring as a means to test-drive candidates for more permanent roles. Sixty-two percent expect to hire some of their seasonal staff for full-time positions, up from 57 percent last year and a big leap from 42 percent two years ago.

While a significant number of employers will be increasing staff to meet demands of the busier holiday season, others are focused on wrapping up 2016 or getting ready for the New Year. Companies across industries are hiring seasonal workers for:

  • Customer Service – 37 percent
  • Administrative/Clerical Support – 19 percent
  • Accounting/Finance – 16 percent
  • Inventory Management – 16 percent
  • Shipping and Delivery – 16 percent
  • Technology – 15 percent
  • Marketing – 13 percent
  • Sales (non-retail) – 13 percent
  • Hosting/Greeting – 13 percent

The West houses the largest percentage of employers planning to hire full-time, permanent staff and seasonal staff in Q4 (39 percent and 40 percent, respectively) and experienced the largest year-over-year gain for permanent hiring (6 percentage points). The Midwest is trailing all regions for both permanent and seasonal hiring at 29 percent and 27 percent, respectively. Overall seasonal hiring is expected to hold steady with gains in the Northeast offsetting declines in other regions. Thirty-four of employers in the Northeast plan to add seasonal staff in Q4, up from 28 percent in 2015.

Healthcare jobs in Jacksonville burgeon

Friday, October 7th, 2016

More healthcare jobs in Jacksonville have been added, according to the latest labor statistics.

Employment increased by 156,000 in September, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 5.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Thus far this year, job growth has averaged 178,000 per month, compared with an average of 229,000 per month in 2015. In September, employment gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care.

Professional and business services employment rose by 67,000 in September and has risen by 582,000 over the year.

Over the month, job gains occurred in management and technical consulting services (+16,000), and employment continued to trend up in administrative and support services (+35,000). Health care added 33,000 jobs in September.

Ambulatory health care services added 24,000 jobs over the month, and employment rose by 7,000 in hospitals. Over the past 12 months, health care has added 445,000 jobs.

Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in September (+30,000) and has increased by 300,000 over the year.

Retail trade employment continued to trend up over the month (+22,000). Within the industry, job gains occurred in clothing and clothing accessories stores (+14,000) and in gasoline stations (+8,000). Over the year, employment in retail trade has risen by 317,000.

Mining employment was unchanged in September after declining by 220,000 from a peak in September 2014.

Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government, changed little over the month.

Resume mistakes when applying for Jacksonville jobs

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

A new survey from Careerbuilder takes a look at resume mistakes that can occur when applying for Jacksonville jobs.

More than 3 in 4 HR managers (77 percent) report having caught a lie on a resume, and, in addition to embellishments, CareerBuilder’s survey reveals other outlandish and costly mistakes candidates have made.

Candidates’ stress isn’t coming out of nowhere. Among human resource managers, who are typically on the front lines and gatekeepers of which applicants get in front of the actual hiring managers, more than 2 in 5 (43 percent) said they spend less than a minute looking at a resume. Nearly 1 in 4 (24 percent) spend less than 30 seconds.

The pressure to make a good first impression is on, and because of that, some candidates are making critical blunders in their effort to get noticed. HR managers and hiring managers shared their most notable and cringe-worthy real-life examples of gaffes found on a resume:

  • An applicant’s name was auto-corrected from “Flin” to “Flintstone.” His name was Freddie.
  • An applicant stated they had great attention to detail, but “attention” was misspelled.
  • An applicant claimed they worked at a federal prison. A background check determined he was actually incarcerated at the prison during that time.
  • An applicant stated they had been a prince in another life.
  • An applicant listed a skill as “taking long walks.”
  • An applicant used direct quotes from Star Wars in their resume.
  • An applicant claimed he would work harder if paid more.
  • An applicant wrote the following at the end of their resume: “I didn’t really fill this out, someone did it for me.”
  • An applicant used a resume template with cats in the corners.
  • An applicant listed smoking under hobbies.

It is important to catch the eye of a human resource manager, but for the right reasons. Here are five things that HR managers say make them more likely to pay attention to an application:

  • Resume has been customized to their open position: 63 percent
  • Skill sets are listed first on the resume: 41 percent
  • A cover letter is included with the resume: 40 percent
  • Application that is addressed to the specific hiring manager: 22 percent
  • Resume that includes a link to a candidate’s blog, portfolio or website: 16 percent