Archive for December, 2008

Though many of you are on winter break, now is not the time to give your job search the same reprieve. Now more than ever, it’s important to keep up with you job hunt.

Though 2008 was wrought with layoffs and economic struggles, the coming New Year means rejuvenated hope for job seekers like you. While several companies continue to make mass layoffs, other companies are shifting their focus to hire aggressively in the beginning of 2009.

If you’re looking for work in the New Year, here are a variety of such strong companies in various industries, which are looking to hire a diverse selection of jobs in 2009, despite the tough economy:

1. Company: 7-Eleven

Whom they are looking for:At 7-Eleven, we believe your work should be more than a job. It should be an investment in your future and ours,” Wahl says. “In 2009 we will be seeking candidates for operations, accounting, information systems, merchandising and marketing.”

2. Company: Banfield

Whom they are looking for: “Banfield seeks associates who love pets and who share in our mission of treating pets like family and increasing the value of pets in families and communities,” Mason says. “Our plan for 2009 calls for replacing new positions as they become open in our main campus in Portland, Ore., and in our hospitals, as well as hiring quality associates to staff our new hospitals. To staff our hospitals, we are looking for veterinarians, PetNurses, office managers and client service coordinators.”

3. Company: Farmers Insurance

Whom they are looking for: “We offer the opportunity to build your own business. You’ll have the latitude to set your own professional goals and income potential,” says Luisa Acosta-Franco, assistant vice president of diversity and emerging markets. “Farmers has a strong commitment to diverse markets, therefore the need for qualified bilingual individuals is an important component of the overall strategy to attract and retain the right people for opportunities with us.”

4. Company: Gentiva Health Services

Whom they are looking for:We have career opportunities for dedicated, compassionate nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other clinicians; as well as sales, management and administrative support professionals,” McClure says. “At Gentiva, our clinicians have a lot of flexibility and autonomy, so they must demonstrate a high level of clinical excellence and customer service.”

5. Company: HealthMarkets

Whom they are looking for: “Our focus is on individuals with the desire and drive to be part of a team dedicated to delivering highly personalized health protection solutions to self-employed individuals and their families across America,” Fortunato says. “Our agents are the main point of contact with [people who must purchase health insurance on their own].”

6. Company: ITT Corporation, Advanced Engineering & Sciences division

Whom they are looking for: “At ITT, we are looking for talented people to develop and implement innovative solutions to complex problems. We are looking for candidates with long-term vision who enjoy working in a strong team environment,” Kotecki says. “We will be looking to fill a wide spectrum of positions in 2009, which are both demanding and rewarding. Our primary focus will be on candidates with a strong engineering background or those with prior military experience.”

7. Company: M.A.R.S. International

Whom they are looking for: “[We] have positions open for technicians to execute these kinds of repairs and for managers to oversee the technicians,” Kelsey says. “These technicians will have some aptitude for working with their hands, enjoy working outdoors and managing their own time. They will be self-starters that are motivated, friendly and determined.”

8. Company: PricewaterhouseCoopers

Whom they are looking for: “PwC looks for people with diverse experiences and backgrounds. Strong technical skills that are required to perform a particular role are important, but we want people who work well with others in a team environment,” says Rod Adams, recruiting leader. “We’re currently looking to fill roles across our organization. We have needs in each line of service — audit, tax and advisory — as well as our internal firm services organization, such as marketing, sales, HR and IT.

9. Company: ServiceMaster

Whom they are looking for: “We are a service-based organization that strives to earn our customers’ business, build trust and exceed our customers’ expectations,” Hough says. “In addition, we are a relationship-based firm that prides itself on employing hard working, ethical employees that our customers can trust to invite into their homes and enrich their lives.”

10. Company: State Farm

Whom they are looking for: “In 2009, we will continue to look for a wide range of candidates with various experiences to fill internships and opportunities ranging from entry level to management,” Garcia says. “Frequently posted positions include opportunities in claims, underwriting and systems/IT. We are also always looking for that next State Farm agent.”

11. Company: Sutter Health

Whom they are looking for: “Health care is about people and at Sutter Health, our commitment is to put the patient at the center of everything we do. Our aging population and Sutter Health’s continued investment in technology are two important forces that are fueling our need for skilled employees,” Helm says. “[We] seek to hire individuals who embrace our values. From providing care at the bedside to implementing lifesaving technology and administrative professionals, there are a variety of positions available throughout our Sutter Health network.”

12. Company: The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company/Scotts LawnService

Whom they are looking for: “We are looking for people to join our team and help us deliver the very best in professional lawn care. Joining our team allows you to grow green, healthy and lush lawns, trees and shrubs, and provide the service and support customers have come to expect from a premium brand such as Scotts,” Korda says. “You will have an opportunity to grow your career; we’ll provide you with the knowledge and opportunities you need to succeed. [“We’re hiring for territory service representatives, sales representatives and customer service representatives.”]

13. Company: URS Corporation

Whom they are looking for: “We seek high quality talent in key areas of focus for our business and offer exciting domestic and global assignments for employees at every career point,” Hyder says. “In 2009, we will be looking for talent in key areas such as engineering, construction management, program management, power, environmental, health and safety, homeland security, logistics, operations and maintenance and more. Positions are available at all experience levels — from new graduates to seasoned professionals.”


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A few weeks ago, the experts weighed in on one of our campus ambassador’s job hunt. That hit a nerve with a lot of you recent grads who are feeling  job search anxiety.

JW commented: “Let’s face it, as a recent graduate we are at a disadvantage to those who have been laid off who have experience. Employers can now choose people who have 10 plus years of experience in lieu of the bright new talent.”

Laura wrote: “I have been unemployed for 2 months and out of college for 6 months. I have very much believed that obtaining a job is not about what you know…it’s WHO you know.”

Hate to be a Debbie Downer, folks, but it looks like this isn’t just a feeling some of us have. (more…)

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This post was written by Matt Wilson, who’s a staff writer at our sister blog The Hiring Site. Matt’s got some great observations to share here.

Just over a month ago, we elected a new national leader. Many were happy with the results, while some were disappointed; but I think we can all agree on being thankful that, after two years of campaigning, the process is finally over.

Prior to the election, people were both enamored and critical over certain qualities the two unique presidential candidates showed. We won’t ask who you voted for here, but we would like to know what qualities attract you to a particular leader. Is it someone who is daring or diplomatic? Brilliant or wise? Authoritative or relational?

With apologies to the Obamas and McCains of the world, and even ex-TV Presidents Jed Bartlet and David Palmer, we’ve taken six non-political, fictional characters and examined the qualities that made them effective leaders.


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molly-bOver the last few days, our CBcampus Ambassadors have been sharing some fun ideas about what they’d do for a living if they could build and shape their “dream job.”

Molly, our Ambassador in Michigan, is sharing her idea about what she’d like to do if she could build her own dream job.

Like many of us, Molly’s dream was shaped during her childhood. But she’s recently found a new source of inspiration.


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ryan-pWe’ve been talking to our CBcampus Ambassadors and asking them what their ideal job would be. We have to face a lot of reality when all of us are searching for a job, so we wanted to make it fun and hear about what new workers entering the workforce would do for their dream gig.

Ryan, our Ambassador from Indiana, has a dream job – and it involves beer.


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