Friday, May 28, 2010
Loews Hotels recently announced its plans to open a shared services center this September in Nashville, which will in turn create 200 jobs during the next two years and invest up to $12 million in the local economy.
Loews, based in New York, will occupy a 40,000-square-foot space in the Fifth Third Center. The shared services center will be used to consolidate the back office functions of the company's 19 hotels and resorts, including accounting, payroll and purchasing.
The majority of the available positions - most of which are white-collar jobs in accounting, purchasing and guest services - will be filled locally, and Loews has already received 2,000 applications for the first 25 jobs posted on the company's Web site.
"They're very good, high-quality, high-paying jobs — sales, finance, IT, human resources," Janet Miller, chief economic development officer for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, told The Tennessean. "They're an example of the kinds of jobs that we want to attract.
"The fact that it's Loews Corp. — such a strong corporate leader in America — sweetens it that much more," she added. "On top of that, putting it in the middle of downtown Nashville, it's a big win for the city."
The company was initially considering 10 different cities for its new office, and Nashville made the final cut once that list was dwindled down to four potential locations. Nashville's efforts to attract new businesses, relatively low costs and well-educated employee base were all part of Loews' decision.
"Every city wanted us, but it was Nashville that really led the way, and they have truly been a partner," Loews Chief Executive Jonathan Tisch said.
The new shared services center will cost up to $12 million to create, including technology and training costs. The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency will award a $310,000 grant to Loews to help offset new information technology investments.
Loews also plans to make a $10,000 contribution to the mayor's business response team, which is meant to facilitate businesses' volunteer efforts and help employers affected by recent flooding in the area.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Most recently, city officials offered RadioShack an incentive package for almost $10.8 million to keep the company in Fort Worth during the next six years. The package was put together by Jay Chapa, director of the Housing and Economic Development Department, and must be approved by the City Council and the TIF 6 board.
According to an article by the Fort Worth Business Press, officials wanted to extend an enticing offer to RadioShack after the company announced it was considering moving its headquarters to another city, possibly Tampa, Fla.; Raleigh, N.C.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Nashville, Tenn., and Irving.
The incentive package offered by Fort Worth would amend RadioShack's original economic development agreement. Amendments would include such things as reducing the required number of employees at the company's headquarters from 1,000 to 400.
The package also includes a point-of-sale agreement that would allow the city to take a 1 percent sales tax from RadioShack, giving .5 percent to the Crime Control and Prevention District and .5 percent to the Fort Worth Transportation Authority.
That sales tax would be split 50-50 between the city and RadioShack once the company collects the $10.76 million in incentives. RadioShack makes $15 million in new sales each year in Fort Worth.
In addition, the package would require officials to nominate RadioShack for the Texas Enterprise Zone Program, which provides state refunds for capital investments on job creation.
Aside from the pending RadioShack deal, the City Council also recently approved a 10-year tax abatement plan for Allen's Inc. in exchange for the company investing $4.7 million in property improvements at a recently-purchased building. That company plans to create 140 new jobs.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
A new study from the University of California San Diego Extension revealed the 10 most popular career options college graduates are pursuing amidst the current challenging economy. The study is based on enrollment figures, national employment statistics, and interviews with San Diego business executives.
Overall, the study found that in order for students to find more job prospects, they should "go niche." That means knowing where to look and honing your skills can be the best strategy for finding the best job.
The top 10 careers for college graduates are:
- Health information technology - These employees organize the detailed medical reports created by staff when a patient visits the hospital. They work to ensure the reports are accurate and complete and update them via electronic methods. Some popular occupations in the field include healthcare integration engineer, healthcare systems analyst, clinical IT consultant, and technology support specialist.
- Mobile media - Phones aren't just for making phone calls anymore, and a variety of workers are needed to maintain the multifunctions of mobile devices, including surfing the Web, listening to music, downloading podcasts, using maps, accessing global positioning satellites, taking and sending photos and videos, and sending and receiving text messages.
- Data mining - These employees work to extract specific types of information or patterns from large databases, such as data warehouses. They use advanced statistical methods to sort through large volumes of data and provide answers to questions that used to take too much time to figure out.
- Embedded engineering - Certain software engineers have the capability to design a microprocessor core, which is the basis for the embedded systems that run popular devices such as phones, appliances, televisions, automobiles and iPods.
- Geriatric healthcare - The population of the United States continues to age, which in turn has caused an increased demand for healthcare workers that take care of the elderly, such as nurses and those who provide personal care and home healthcare.
- Occupational health and safety - More specialty employees are needed to deal with the advanced technology of safety equipment and the threats, changing regulations, and increasing public expectations. Employment will continue to increase as long as businesses grow and continue to enforce government and company regulations.
- Spanish and English translation and interpretation - Anyone who is fluent in both Spanish and English will have many employment opportunities because of their language skills. For the best prospects, you should gain some experience through internships in law, medicine and business.
- Sustainable business practices and green jobs - Many experts think that all jobs will be considered green by the mid-21st Century, which means organizations have an obligation today to address potential regulation changes and find opportunities for business growth and sustainable environmental economics.
- Feature writing for the Web - Journalism and marketing have been transformed by technology, in particular the Internet, and created new ways for news and information to be shared. This also means there are more jobs for bloggers and the like.
- Teaching English as a foreign language - There are plenty of positions for those interested in teaching English to students in other countries, and many times travel expenses are included as a perk.
UC San Diego Extension, which was created in 1966, currently enrolls about 54,000 students per year. The Extension does not receive any state support and relies solely on funding from fees, contracts, grants, sponsors and donors.
Friday, May 14, 2010
When the marketplace starts to amp up and the general population has excess money to drop, retail hiring will start to recuperate, creating added Phoenix sales jobs.
Retail salespersons are broadly responsible for marketing goods, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances or dress in a retail establishment. despite the fact that these employees aren't paid tremendously high wages, they should realize plenty of employment opportunities throughout the state during the close future.
According to the Arizona Workforce Informer, the normal pay for retail salespersons across Arizona during 2007 was $12.35 per hour, while the ordinary entry-grade wage was $7.76 per hour and the upper-level salary was $14.65 per hour.
Work in the state is expected to expand from 83,366 workers during 2006 to 105,933 workers by 2016, making for an average of 4,824 trade openings per year and an mean complete growth rate of 27.1 percent.
The top industries that hire retail salespersons in Arizona include:
- Department stores - 13.8 percent
- Building material and supplies dealers - 10.7 percent
- Apparel stores - 10.3 percentage
- Car dealers - 8.3 percent
- Additional general merchandise stores - 6.1 percent
- Medicinal and personal maintenance stores - 5.1 percent
- Sporting goods and musical instrument stores - 4.6 percent
- Electronics and appliance stores - 4.4 percentage
- Furniture stores - 3.6 percentage
- House furnishings stores - 2.4 percent
If you're one of the various folks searching for Phoenix sales jobs, check out the positions available with La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries. The business offers numerous diverse opportunities as well as impressive pay and great benefits.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Sunovia Energy Technologies Inc. recently announced its plans relocate the company from Manatee County to Sarasota County, a move that will triple the company's operations and create 68 new jobs within the next three years.
Sunovia will move from its current 5,500-square-foot operation to 18,000 square feet of space in the Centennial Commerce Center. Company officials said the move is the result of needing more space and wanting a more centralized location.
The company currently employs 20 workers and is expanding in order to meet growing demand for its products, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Employees to be hired will include those in sales, engineering, manufacturing and operations personnel.
Sarasota County will offer Sunovia a performance-based incentive grant, which could total $100,000 over three years if the company adds jobs and provides and average annual wage that's higher than the county average. The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County also is offering incentives to the company.
"Sunovia Energy Technologies is an innovative, green-industry company that offers the high-quality jobs we need in Sarasota County," Kathy Baylis, EDCSC president and CEO, said.
Sunovia designs, develops and markets highly efficient renewable energy and energy conservation products in the solar and light-emitting diodes industries. The company has sold its products to the private industry, city and county governments, as well as the military.
"Cities and neighborhoods everywhere are either considering or actively installing LED lighting," Sunovia Chief Executive Carl Smith said. "Our EvoLucia LED lights provide the highest-quality illumination while reducing energy use, maintenance costs and carbon emissions."
Check out this recruiting video for Sunovia:
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
There is no doubt that the economic downturn changed the employment landscape and the way employers hire, but as the economy is just beginning to return to normal, the debate is still open as to whether or not the recruiting landscape has been permanently affected.
The biggest challenge seems to be among companies that reduced their recruiting departments during the recession, but are now seeing an increase in hiring, and are in turn must figure out how to keep up with demand by using limited resources.
Many companies that need a little extra help during the hiring process consider RPO providers to be a logical choice. However, there are no across-the-board RPO service standards, which means HR managers have to decide for themselves what the company needs.
What's even more confusing, according to an article by ERE.net, is that many RPO providers now offer task-oriented services to support the individual steps of the recruiting process.
"The RPO industry is evolving driven by client demand," the article notes. "The need for full-scale outsourcing has shifted as hiring activity waned last year. By definition, the PO in RPO means process outsourcing or shifting the burden of day-to-day management of a process to an external supplier. The idea is that the process, albeit important, is not part of the core business offering and can be better managed by a specialized vendor.
"An example would be the outsourcing of call center recruitment or a short-term recruiting project to ramp up a new business unit," the article continues. "The value being that internal recruiting resources would remain focused on critical employment and not be distracted by spikes in demand or less strategic initiatives."
Much of this shift was caused when broader RPO services were not needed during the recession, as many companies worked to cut costs, forcing RPO companies to get away from the idea of outsourcing and move toward supplemental and support services.
In an effort to better respond to customer needs, RPO providers broke down their overall offerings and developed individual services, such as full cycle, co-sourcing, response management, and pipelining.
These focused offerings are attracting more HR managers who are interested in the cost, scale and intelligence of their recruiting process, especially as the economy beings to recover and companies vary on their levels of recruiting investment.
"For example, technology companies are investing heavily in recruiting as product development and marketing initiatives increase demand for talent, whereas healthcare companies are cautious as they interpret the impact of reform but still look to position themselves for growth," the article states. "In both cases, companies are investing at some level and hiring more recruiters is not always the answer. Talent acquisition leaders are looking for ways to maximize their investment."
In terms of cost, selective RPO services typically cost a lot less than an overall package, varying anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000. When it comes to scale, these smaller services can usually be implemented within 24 hours or less. In addition, companies continue to learn about the candidates the RPO company is finding, increasing recruiting intelligence.
Rodman LLC, a site development construction firm based in nearby Frisco, recently announced that it will close the company's Texas operations. That move will result in a loss of 242 jobs throughout Texas, including 224 in Frisco.
According to a letter filed with the Texas Workforce Commission, Rodman is closing because the company has been unable to find capital. The company also has offices in Austin and San Antonio.
Rodman was founded in 1990 by President Rodney Vilhauer and partner Barry Rich, in part with a $20,000 investment from former NBA star Dennis Rodman, according to The Dallas Morning News.
The company's closing comes as Texas continues to lose more construction jobs. During March, the state's construction industry lost 6,300 jobs as the rest of the nation as a whole added 15,000 construction jobs.
"Texas was later coming into the recession than most of the country," Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, said. "For now, Texas is down. But I think it can come back strongly."
The Dallas-Plano-Irving area's mining, logging and construction industry employed 98,900 jobs during March, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is the same as during February, but a 14.3 percent decrease from last year.
During March, the Dallas area's unemployment rate decreased from 8.4 percent to 8.3 percent, following a decrease from 8.7 percent during February. That decrease keeps the area's rate lower than the national average of 9.7 percent.
The Dallas area had a total non-farm employment of 1,995,600 workers during March, according to the BLS. This is up from 1,991,400 workers during February, but a 1.4 percent decrease from last year.
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