October 6th, 2014
Several employers have said in a recent Careerbuilder survey that they plan to hire for seasonal jobs in San Antonio, among other locations.
Nearly three in 10 employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in the fourth quarter, up four percentage points over last year. One in four expect to hire seasonal workers, including 43 percent of retailers.
Thirty-four percent of employers added full-time, permanent headcount in Q3, up from 28 percent in the same period in 2013. Ten percent decreased headcount – a slight improvement over 11 percent last year – while 54 percent made no change to staff levels and 2 percent were unsure.
About 29 percent of employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees in Q4, up from 25 percent in the same period in 2013. Nine percent expect to reduce staff, on par with last year. Fifty-seven percent anticipate no change and 5 percent are unsure.
wo in five retailers (43 percent) plan to hire seasonal workers in Q4. Last year, 39 percent of retailers had expected to add workers for the holidays.
While retailers typically take center stage when it comes to seasonal employment, companies across industries are looking for extra hands on deck. Twenty-six percent plan to hire seasonal employees in Q4, and 42 percent of these companies expect to transition some seasonal staff members into full-time, permanent roles.
Pay for seasonal workers will increase over last year, according to 27 percent of employers. Thirteen percent anticipate it will decrease. Sixty-three percent of seasonal employers will pay $10 or more per hour while 19 percent will pay $16 or more.
October 1st, 2014
With the holiday season fast-approaching, Kohl’s has announced it is hiring for San Antonio retail jobs, among other locations.
The company is hiring more than 67,000 associates nationwide this holiday season to support seasonal business in stores and growth.
Hiring began this month, and most jobs will be filled by mid-November. Holiday positions are also being filled at the company’s distribution centers, where hiring began in August.
Associates working at distribution centers help ensure Kohl’s products get to the retail stores and into the hands of Kohls.com customers.
Associates working in Kohl’s credit operations perform a variety of jobs, including assisting customers with Kohls.com orders.
Kohl’s anticipates hiring an average of 50 associates per store to provide customers with excellent customer service throughout the holiday season at its 1,163 stores in 49 states.
In addition, the company anticipates hiring approximately 9,300 seasonal positions at distribution centers across the country and approximately 670 seasonal credit operations positions.
“Kohl’s is building a winning team by hiring more than 67,000 seasonal associates across the country to ensure we sustain the great service our customers know and have come to expect,” said Richard Schepp, Kohl’s senior executive vice president, human resources and general counsel. “By adding these associates, Kohl’s will continue to deliver an enjoyable and convenient shopping experience to all our valued customers, whether they choose to shop in store or online at Kohls.com this holiday season.”
September 25th, 2014
A recent survey from Monster.com shows that people with San Antonio jobs are replacing boomers as the “me” generation in the workplace.
According to the survey, when it comes to having a Career vs. a Job, millennials aged 18-30 are the most positive (62%) that having a career is very much a reality in today’s work environment, even for America’s youngest workers.
Less than half (48%) of the original “Me” generation, baby boomers aged 51+, express confidence in the idea of a career being a reality.
The data suggests an understanding of work that is defined by age and experience, highlighting the contrast of millennials’ hopeful optimism-oriented point of view with baby boomers’ “been around the block” attitudes.
When asked to rate a series of attributes within the workplace to determine if it describes a career, a job or both equally, a majority of Americans indicated both jobs and careers equally provide a sense of personal accomplishment, lifelong earning potential, opportunities to make new contributions, and for alternate employment opportunities in the case of current job loss.
However, the responses varied quite significantly in the context of careers and jobs exclusively.
In the context of only careers, more than one third (37%) of millennials compared to only a quarter (26%) of baby boomers believe that a career provides a sense of accomplishment. In stark comparison, in the context of only jobs, virtually zero millennials, just 2%, believe a job can provide a sense of accomplishment.
September 7th, 2014
Some workers who have San Antonio jobs among other locations need several days to unwind and recoup after vacation, according to a recent survey from Monster.com.
Nearly half of respondents (48%) need five or more days to unwind, or never unwind at all, when taking a vacation. Only 11% of respondents unwind after one day.
Monster asked the following question to U.S. visitors on its site, “How many days of vacation does it take you to unwind when taking vacation” The poll, which received over 1,800 responses, resulted in the following findings:
11% of respondents answered “One day”
30% of respondents answered “2-3 days”
11% of respondents answered “4 days”
29% of respondents answered “5 or more days”
19% of respondents answered “I never fully relax on vacation”
Thinking about your job occasionally while on vacation isn’t a bad thing,” said Mary Ellen Slayter, Career Advice Expert for Monster.com. “Just like how we sometimes stumble upon great ideas while in the shower or taking a walk, vacations can be a great source of inspiration- but it’s important to note that being relaxed and having a clear mind are fundamental elements of this phenomenon. Even more importantly, lack of R&R can be detrimental to workplace performance. We should feel refreshed and focused upon returning to work after time off, not burdened and preoccupied. If you are constantly plagued by job related stress and unable to unwind, even after several days of vacation, it might be time to consider making some career changes.”
August 27th, 2014
A new survey from Careerbuilder shows that while unemployment for workers without a high school is high, some of these workers could potentially secure transportation jobs in San Antonio, among other locations.
As of this year, there are 115 occupations that require a high school diploma and pay $20 per hour or more on average.
Of those, 70 percent typically require moderate to long-term on-the-job training or apprenticeships; 30 percent typically require short-term or no on-the-job training.
High-paying occupations for high school graduates aren’t necessarily entry-level jobs. For instance, first-line supervisors, regardless of discipline, typically require 1-5 years of prior work experience.
“While the pursuit of higher education is the best bet for gainful employment, it is a myth that only good jobs go to college graduates and that workers with high school degrees are destined to low-wage careers,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. “It’s important to note, however, that most high-paying jobs available to high school grads involve skill sets that require extensive post-secondary training or several-years’ worth of prior experience, and are often in fields that have seen declining employment in recent years.”
In several of these jobs, workers may need to attend vocational school or other non-college-level training programs to achieve licensure or certification. Additionally, entry-level requirements will vary by state, locality and employer.
August 19th, 2014
Brident Dental is expanding and opening a new office, a move that will create more dental jobs in San Antonio.
Brident Dental & Orthodontics is a dental services organization located throughout Texas, including Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin.
The company said the new office will be in San Antonio at 6700 S. Flores St., Suite 101. This new San Antonio office offers a full-range of dental and orthodontic services to its patients.
The new office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Brident Dental is affiliated with a dental and oral health maintenance organization that provides dental services in over 180 office locations with over 4,000 team members.
Brident Dental accepts most private insurance plans and Medicaid. In addition, Brident offices have same day and next day appointments and a bilingual staff.
“We are thrilled to join the San Antonio community as its newest provider in high-quality, affordable health care,” said Dr. Tamara Garcia, Managing Doctor for Brident Dental San Antonio. “Brident Dental has focused on improving the quality and accessibility of oral health care in communities like San Antonio for more than 60 years.”
For patients without dental insurance, Brident is offering a New Patient Special of $39, which includes Exam and X-rays, regularly $180, as well as enrollment in a discount plan for a full range of dental services at discounted rates. Additionally, Brident offers its patients no interest payment plans.
August 6th, 2014
A new survey from Careerbuilder finds that many jobs, including some San Antonio customer service jobs, have been replaced by technology.
The survey found that one in five companies (21 percent) reported they have deskilled workers, i.e., replaced employees with automation. Among companies with more than 500 employees, the number is 30 percent.
The vast majority (68 percent) of companies who have replaced workers with automation said their adoption of new technology resulted in new positions being added in their firms.
Thirty-five percent of companies that deskilled workers said they ended up creating more jobs in their firms than they had prior to the automation.
Since 2002, 257 occupations experienced a decline in employment, roughly one third of all U.S. jobs. At the same time, 483 occupations (61 percent) grew 1 percent or more. The hourly earnings for the growing occupations were nearly $2 higher than the declining occupations.
“Technological advancements have not only increased productivity, but historically have led to an expansion of employment,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. “While automation may eliminate some jobs, it also creates other jobs that are higher paying and lifts the standard of living for the economy as a whole. One of the greatest challenges the U.S. faces today is sufficiently preparing the workforce for the influx of more knowledge-based jobs that will likely result from progress in robotics and other STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering and math).”
While some of the losses and gains can be attributed to economic cycles and globalization, arguably automation has also had a significant influence on employment shifts. Consider these examples:
The ubiquitous use of the Internet negatively impacted employment in a variety of areas. Travel Agents lost more than 38,000 jobs from 2002 to 2014 as a slew of automated travel web sites were established. This represents a 34 percent decline in a field paying $16.17 per hour.
At the same time, the number of Software Developers and Web Developers in the U.S. increased by 195,000 from 2002 to 2014, paying $43 per hour.
Automation of Data
The automation of data collection and reporting also claimed its fair share of casualties. Data Entry Keyers lost more than 43,000 jobs from 2002 to 2014, a 16 percent decline in a field paying $14 per hour.
At the same time, the widespread adoption of using big data to make smarter business decisions and develop better products and services created a big demand for people who know how to interpret data and make it meaningful for organizations. Market Research Analysts added more than 99,000 jobs from 2002 to 2014, a 28 percent increase in a field paying $29.18 per hour.
July 29th, 2014
A slew of grants from the Dept. of Labor has been given to many states, including those seeking San Antonio jobs, to train workers who lost a job through no fault of their own for jobs in high-demand industries.
The grants total $154,757,547 and were awarded to 32 states, Puerto Rico and the Cherokee tribal nation through the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program.
The grants will help create or expand employer partnerships that provide opportunities for on-the-job training, Registered Apprenticeships or other occupational training that result in an industry-recognized credential. Funding will also be used to provide services, such as career coaching and counseling, as well as assisting with job placement that help connect laid-off workers, including the long-term unemployed, with available jobs.
“At the President’s request, I’ve been leading an effort to help Americans get the skills they need to secure good quality jobs that are a path to the middle class,” Vice President Biden said. “The grants announced today will help build partnerships between industry, labor and communities to help more Americans learn about job openings, identify what skills are needed to fill them, and train and apply for the good-paying jobs that are out there in health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing and other high-growth industries.”
“President Obama has made it a priority to expand opportunities for people to access in-demand skills training. That’s why, at the Department of Labor, we are investing in proven strategies that connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs. This year, we will release roughly $1 billion in targeted, job-driven training funds,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Providing workers with access to the skills training they need to pursue in-demand jobs is critical to expanding opportunity and to helping businesses grow and thrive. We know that job-driven training programs work, and that they’re often the best way to provide real ladders of opportunity. Today’s awards will help states establish or expand programs that can change peoples’ lives.”
“Since taking office about one year ago, I have spoken to more than 1,000 CEOs and business leaders around the country. Across the board, they have told me that finding the right workers to fill available jobs is a top challenge they are facing, and that is one reason the Department of Commerce has made skills and workforce development a top priority for the very first time,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “From my personal experience, I know this: businesses have to be at the table as we develop training mechanisms to define precisely what they are looking for as they hire employees. These investments will assist in the creation of new or expanded employer partnerships that will help us break down silos between businesses, workforce training initiatives and government to create a collaborative environment that supports the needs of both our workers and our businesses.”
n addition to expanding work-based learning strategies — which recent studies show increase employment and earnings outcomes — grantees are also expected to develop strong partnerships between workforce and industry organizations and align services with other federal, state or local programs and agencies, such as Unemployment Insurance, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and economic development agencies.
July 21st, 2014
Some workers with San Antonio jobs would remain in their position even if they hit the lottery, according to a recent survey from Careerbuilder.
Half (51 percent) of workers reported that, even if they didn’t need a job financially, they would still work after winning the lottery. Thirty percent of all workers say they would keep their current job.
The most common reasons workers would stay employed after winning the lottery included:
I would be bored if I didn’t work – 77 percent
Work gives me a sense of purpose and accomplishment – 76 percent
I want financial security aside from the financial winnings – 42 percent
I would miss co-workers – 23 percent
Nearly half (49 percent) say they’d take the opportunity to leave the workforce. When asked how they would quit their jobs, the most common responses included:
Give two weeks’ notice or give my employer more time if they needed it to find a replacement – 48 percent
Give two weeks’ notice and leave after two weeks – 31 percent
Resign that day without giving notice – 13 percent
Tell off the boss and air all grievances – 3 percent
Not show up to work the next morning without formally quitting – 2 percent.
Only 15 percent of workers report they are currently working in their dream job, and another 36 percent say that while they’re not quite there yet, they believe they will be someday.
July 7th, 2014
A round of funding coming from the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy to improve post-secondary education and employment opportunities for youth with disabilities through the Pathways to Careers: Community Colleges for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities Demonstration Project, which could serve those who aim to get San Antonio jobs, among other locations.
Each cooperative agreement may receive up to $1,041,650 to fund a pilot project that will build the capacity of community colleges to meet the educational and career development needs of youth with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities.
The pilots will provide for researching, developing, testing and evaluating innovative systems to deliver inclusive integrated education and career development services.
To be eligible, grant applicants must be: institutes of higher education that provide education and career training that can be completed in two years or less and recipients of funding through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program.
Grantees will be required to use the Guideposts for Success, developed by ODEP in collaboration with the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, as a framework in developing their projects.
They must also establish partnerships with public workforce systems; intermediary organizations serving as conveners, brokers or technical assistance providers; philanthropic, business-related, nonprofit, community-based or labor organizations; youth-focused disability-serving organizations; state or local disability-serving organizations; and local education agencies.
The grant-funded programs must serve youth and young adults with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 24. This award will cover a 60-month period of performance and will fund the first 12-month budget period. ODEP, at its discretion, may make available continuation awards for additional 12-month budget periods through the end of the period of performance.
“Our nation’s community colleges are a tremendous resource for anyone seeking to position themselves for high-growth, high-demand careers, and they can be an especially critical link for youth with disabilities,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez. “This federal funding will ensure that these young people have opportunities to develop top-notch skills as they transition from school to the world of work.”