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04/27/2010

Goodwill Fort Worth having job fair

Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth is holding a job fair Thursday April 29, and a health fair Friday April 30.

 

The job fair is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Goodwill headquarters campus, 4005 Campus Drive in southeast Fort Worth. The health fair is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the same place.

 

The job fair includes a resume and cover letter clinic. Info: goodwillfortworth.org.

 

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

Allstate looking for 45 new DFW agency owners

Allstate is bumping up its recruitment of new Texas agency owners again this year. The company brought on 122 new agency owners in Texas last year, including 46 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, which includes Collin and Denton counties.

 

For 2010, it wants to bring on 130 more in Texas, including 45 in DFW, citing continuing population growth.

 

Targeted owners: Professionals who “may feel limited in their careers and are looking to start their own business,” Allstate said.

 

“We see a significant opportunity in the current economy to attract mid-career, mid-level managers to own and operate their own business,” Todd Martin, Allstate’s recruiting director for Texas, said.

 

New agencies and the businesses of retiring agents are available, Martin said. The company may also locate new agencies in the same areas as underperforming ones, he said.

 

Candidates need a minimum $50,000 of liquid capital to invest in starting a new agency, including money to open and equip a retail office, hire support staff, and market with help from Allstate, Martin said.

 

That kind of money might not go too far. “For a more urban area, it could be closer to $100,000,” Martin said.

 

Info: allstate.com, or 877-711-1006.

Registration open for third annual felony/misdemeanor job fair

Jobseekers who have felony or misdemeanor histories can apply to attend the third annual Felony or Misdemeanor-Friendly Community Career Fair, noon-4 p.m. July 30.

 

As usual, the Mid-Cities Human Resource Association and Tarrant County Re-Entry Initiative organizers are keeping the location of the fair secret. Only jobseekers who pass a number of screens will be invited to attend the fair. Employers who sign up to exhibit agree to consider applicants who have a misdemeanor or felony background. Last year’s fair was at Tarrant County College-Southeast. The first year’s fair was at the University of Texas at Arlington.

 

Registration for jobseekers, employers, and volunteers is open at http://mysecondchance.us. It closes July 15; jobseekers must register by that deadline to be considered.

 

Other sponsors include jobing.com, criminalbackgroundjobhelp.com, and Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County.

 

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram 

04/26/2010

More on Chase's hiring of 275 Texas mortgage officers...

Here's our full story on Chase's Monday announcement:

 

Chase Bank, Texas’ No. 2 bank, said Monday it plans to hire 275 mortgage officers in the next six months as it prepares for a housing recovery.

 

Salepend Chase plans to hire 125 mortgage officers in the DFW market, 100 in Houstin, and 25 apiece in Austin and San Antonio, the company said in a release.

 

The company did not cut mortgage officers during the downturn, but it no longer works with outside mortgage brokers, said Jim Gerritsen, Chase’s manager for Texas home lending. The company, which has 613 Texas branches, wants to have a mortgage officer in most branches, he said.

 

“We know home loans are core to our relationship with consumers and expecially important as the housing market begins to recover,” he said.

 

Chase today has about 100 mortgage officers in the DFW area, and 212 in Texas, Gerritsen said.

In the last month, Chase’s demand for home loans in Texas has risen by more than 10 percent, Gerritsen said. Impending expiration of the federal housing tax credit could be one reason for that, he said.

 

“The refi business also remains strong,” Gerritsen said. “Strong demand is the reason we are adding these jobs in Texas.”

 

Chase’s outlook for Texas “is strong, given the local employment picture and stability of local home prices,” Gerritsen said.

 

Chase is looking for people with previous lending experience. To view jobs and apply, visit Chase's jobs site.

 

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

Verizon hiring 47 payroll workers in Irving

Verizon says it's hiring 47 fulltime payroll workers at its Hidden Ridge complex in Irving.

The workers will handle short-term disabiliity and deduction processing and account reconciliations, and project development and implementation support.

"Verizon delivers cutting-edge applications and services to consumers and businesses through its high-IQ broadband and wireless networks, and we're looking for results-driven people to join our team," Verizon's executive director for payroll, Linda Bennett, said in a release Monday. "This is a great opportunity to work for a dynamic and growing company that has been repeatedly recognized as an employer of choice by DiversityInc. and Working Mother magazines."

To review qualifications and apply, visit Verizon's careers site.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

Chase Bank hiring Texas mortgage officers

Chase Bank, Texas’ No. 2 bank, said Monday it plans to hire 275 mortgage officers in the next six months as it prepares for a housing recovery.

 

Chase plans to hire 125 mortgage officers in the DFW market, 100 in Houston, and 25 apiece in Austin and San Antonio, the company said in a release.

 

“We want tomake sure we have seasoned mortgage professionals to help our customers at the 613 Chase branches in Texas,” Jim Gerritsen, Chase’s manager for Texas home lending, said in the release.

 

“We know home loans are core to our relationship with consumers and especially important as the housing market begins to recover.”

 

To view Chase jobs and apply, click here.

 

Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram 

04/24/2010

Online Job Postings: Rickey C. Cooper

Rickeycooper Today, I applied for the following Jobs On-line: 

Also at Mouser Electronics:

Regards,

Rickey C. Cooper

rccooper43@yahoo.com

04/01/2010

More employers expect to hire in second quarter, CareerBuilder says

Jfair1 More employers project they’ll increase headcount in the next three months, while fewer employers expect cutbacks, the third straight quarter for this trend, CareerBuilder and USA Today said Thursday in their regular nationwide survey.

 

* First quarter: 23 percent of employers surveyed said they increased fulltime, permanent staff in the first quarter, up from 13 percent in the same period in 2009. Twelve percent cut headcount, down from 26 percent the prior year’s quarter and 13 percent in the fourth quarter. Sixty four percent of employers reported no change in fulltimers.

 

* Second quarter: 23 percent of employers said they planned to add fulltime, permanent staff in the second quarter, while 8 percent plan to cut staff. Sixty four percent expect no change. In the second quarter last year, 18 percent of employers reported they hired fulltime staff, while 17 percent reported they cut staff.

 

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What to expect for 2010:

 

* Temps and contract workers: 25 percent of employers expect to hire contract workers or freelancers in the second quarter. Thirteen percent said they’re likely to hire these workers on a permanent basis, CareerBuilder and USA Today said.

 

* Internships: Twenty four percent of employers surveyed said they’ll hire interns at their locations in the second quarter.

 

* Social media hiring: Nine percent of employers surveyed said they planned to hire a new employee in the second quarter to focus on social media. Thirteen percent said they planned to add social media management to an employee’s duties.

 

Jfair3 * Bilingual hiring: Thirty three percent of employers said they plan to hire bilingual employees in the second quarter. Fifty percent said they’d be more inclined to hire a bilingual candidate, if faced with two equally qualified candidates.

 

* Low-performers get the gate: 28 percent of employers said they plan to replace lower-performing employees with higher performers in the second quarter.

 

* Keeping talent: 32 percent of employers are worried some top employees may leave their organizations in the next few months, as the economy improves.

 

“To help retain workers, 14 percent are offering more flexible work arrangements, 14 percent are investing more in training, 10 percent are promising future raises or promotions and 9 percent are offering more performance-based incentives such as trips and bonuses.  Another 5 percent are providing a higher title without the salary.”

 

Hiring by region:

 

* Northeast U.S.: 26 percent of employers said they expect to add fulltime workers in the second quarter. Ten percent expect to trim staff.

 

* West: 25 percent of employers expect to add fulltime workers. Seven percent expect to trim staff.

 

* South: 21 percent of employers expect to add fulltime workers. Seven percent expect to trim staff.

 

* Midwest: 20 percent expect to add fulltime workers. Eight percent expect to trim staff.

 

Compensation:

 

* Forty seven percent of employers expect no change in compensation levels in the second quarter. Thirty seven percent expect an increase of 3 percent or less.

 

Who was surveyed: 2,778 hiring managers surveyed online by Harris Interactive.

 

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram 

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