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March Madness at San Antonio jobs

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Managers are more likely to play in March Madness tournaments at San Antonio jobs than other employees, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey.

Executives, directors and managers (senior management, VPs, directors/managers/supervisors/team leaders) are far more likely to participate in office pools than professional staff and technical employees (professional/technical staff member, entry level/administrative/clerical) – 27 percent vs. 19 percent.

About one in eight U.S. workers (12 percent) said they plan to participate in the March Madness office pool this year; that’s down from the 15 percent who planned to do so in 2015. Twenty percent of U.S workers said they’ve participated in an NCAA Tournament office pool in the past.

Are these kinds of behaviors allowed in the office? More than half of employees (56 percent) do not know whether their company has official policies on gambling in the office.

The following represent the groups of workers most likely to have participated in the March Madness NCAA Basketball Tournament office pool in the past.

Workers in financial services and sales lead all industries/professions in office pool participation.

  • Financial services: 35 percent
  • Sales: 33 percent
  • IT: 26 percent
  • Transportation: 26 percent
  • Manufacturing: 23 percent
  • Leisure and hospitality: 18 percent
  • Health care: 15 percent
  • Retail: 15 percent

Construction jobs in San Antonio grow

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Construction jobs in San Antonio are climbing, according to the latest employment data from ADP.

Private sector employment increased by 214,000 jobs from January to February according to the February ADP National Employment Report.

Payrolls for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased by 76,000 jobs in February, in line with January’s downwardly revised 75,000.

Employment among companies with 50-499 employees increased by 62,000 jobs, down from January’s downwardly revised 74,000.

Employment at large companies – those with 500 or more employees – came in at 76,000, a big jump from January’s 44,000. Companies with 500-999 added 14,000 jobs, while companies with over 1,000 employees gained 62,000 jobs.

Goods-producing employment rose by 5,000 jobs in February, just over a quarter of January’s upwardly revised 19,000.

The construction industry added 27,000 jobs, which was slightly above January’s upwardly revised 26,000.

Meanwhile, manufacturing lost 9,000 jobs, the second largest drop in five years. Service-providing employment rose by 208,000 jobs in February, up from a downwardly revised 174,000 in January.

The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/business services contributed 59,000 jobs, up sharply from January’s downwardly revised 38,000.

Trade/transportation/utilities grew by 20,000, down from a downwardly revised 26,000 the previous month. The 8,000 new jobs added in financial activities were the least in that sector since August 2015.

“Large businesses showed surprisingly strong job gains in February, despite the continuation of economic trends that negatively impact big companies like turmoil in international markets and a strengthening dollar,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, VP and head of the ADP Research Institute. “The gains were mostly driven by the service sector which accounted for almost all the jobs added by large businesses.” Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said.

Verbal communication important when interviewing for San Antonio jobs

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Verbal communication is very important when it comes to interviewing for San Antonio jobs, among other locations, according to a report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

In assessing such skills, employers responding to NACE’s Job Outlook 2016 survey deemed verbal communication skills as the most important, rating it slightly above teamwork  and the ability to make decisions and solve problems, the two skills that tied for the top spot last year. (See Figure 1.)

While the remainder of the list has not changed at all in terms of order compared to last year, more of the skills/qualities were rated just below 4.0 (“very important”) than last year. Just two skills/qualities were rated below 4.0 last year—ability to create and/or edit written reports and the ability to sell or influence others.

While those two remain at the bottom of this year’s list, they are joined by technical knowledge related to the job and proficiency with computer software programs with ratings under 4.0.

Results of the annual Job Outlook survey—especially employer insight into the skills they seek in new college graduate job candidates—served as one of the foundation pieces upon which NACE constructed its Career Readiness Competencies.

While employers typically look first for evidence that the candidate has the requisite knowledge to perform a job and has some level of proficiency—often indicated by major and GPA for new college graduates—they also seek key skills that enable workers to use their knowledge effectively in the workplace.

Are workers at San Antonio jobs finding true love?

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

It may be true that workers at San Antonio jobs can may find their significant others at work.

According to CareerBuilder’s annual Valentine’s Day survey, 37 percent of workers have dated a coworker, and 33 percent of those office romances have led to marriage — on par with last year’s findings.

Of those who have had an office romance, nearly 1 in 4 (23 percent) have dated someone in a higher position than them — a more common occurrence for women than men (26 percent versus 20 percent). And as if dating a superior wasn’t risky enough, 17 percent of office romances involved at least one person who was married at the time.

But are these employees breaking the rules? More than 2 in 5 employees (45 percent) don’t know whether their company has a dating policy in place.

One third of workers who have had an office romance (33 percent) had to keep their relationship a secret at work, which can be easier said than done. More than one 1 in 4 workers who have had an office romance (27 percent) have run into co-workers while out with their office sweetheart (10 percent pretended they weren’t dating, while 17 percent admitted to it).

But even the most secretive of office romances may not be so secret after all: 65 percent of employees say they’re confident they know the relationship status of everyone in their office.

Among those who have had an office romance, more than 1 in 10 say their trysts began late night on the job (12 percent). The next most popular place for amore to bloom was happy hour after work (10 percent), followed by chance meetings outside of work (10 percent), and lunches (9 percent). Nearly 1 in 10 workers who have had an office romance (9 percent) claim they fell for their workplace loves at first sight.

About 1 in 5 employees (22 percent) say what someone does for a living influences whether they would date that person (20 percent of men and 24 percent of women), and 18 percent say they’re attracted to people who have a similar job as them (22 percent of men and 14 percent of women).