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Job Interview!: Rickey C. Cooper

Rickeycooper Hip Hip Hooray!

here are JOBS available, I have a scheduled interview this Thursday 09/02/2010 in Plano, Texas the same day of the Cowboys Home Game hahaha. I have kept the faith in Jesus and he has answered with a Interview and possible job offer which I pray. 

The job that I am interviewing for is a IT position and I would be very satisfied if granted the offer with this company. 

This is a S&P 400 company with assets over 1 Billion, This opportunity would be perfect for me but I am against stiff competition in which I do believe with the faith and prayers to the Lord that I will prevail. 

On my closing note keep submitting those on-line applications and attending those Job Fairs. 


Rickey C. Cooper,


Government leads Texas' job losers in July, Workforce Commission says

Here’s more on how Texas’ job market broke down in July, according to the Texas Workforce Commission today:


Financial activities added 3,700 jobs. Mining and logging added 4,600, its sixth straight monthly gain.


Construction and manufacturing each added 4,300 jobs. Other services added 2,000 jobs, and leisure and hospitality, 1,300


Job losers were government, down 23,300; trade, transportation and utilities, off 200; information, off 2,500; and education and health services, down 2,200.


Those figures are adjusted for seasonal fluctuations.


The Fort Worth-Arlington jobless rate, not seasonally adjusted, remained the same at 8.5 percent compared to June, and was up from 8.4 percent a year ago.


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

Texas adds 4,600 jobs in July

Texas’ unemployment rate remained at 8.2 percent in July, and the state added 4,600 jobs in July for a total 168,900 this year, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday.

The state also continued to fare better than the U.S. jobless rate of 9.5 percent. Seven of 11 major industry segments added jobs during the month, the Workforce Commission said.

“Texas employers are regaining ground,” Andres Alcantar, the Workforce commissioner representing the public, said in a release.

Professional and business services led the gains, adding 12,600 jobs over June, the segment’s largest monthly job gain in more than a decade.

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


Career Search Network: Monday speaker and Aug. 28 career search workshop

Fort Worth's Career Search Network will host business coach Ross Paterson of The Growth Coach, who will speak on hitting an "Interview Home Run" in the 11 a.m.-noon segment of the CSN's Monday Aug. 16 meeting at the North Fort Worth Baptist Church. The CSN's Monday meetings start at 9 a.m. with intros go to noon.

Additionally, the CSN is putting on the next in its periodic series of Enhanced Job Search Solutions Workshops, 9 a.m. Aug. 28 at the Trinity Vineyard Fellowship of Fort Worth, 1401 W. 5th St. The session goes until 1 p.m.

"This event will feature advanced lectures on relationship building, understanding advanced resume technologies, the importance of personal branding and expanding your digital footprint, as well as other timely and relevant topics for the savvier job-seeker," the CSN says.

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

DFW consumer prices off in June, July, Bureau of Labor Statistics says

Gastations DFW consumer prices fell 0.9 percent in June and July, due to a drop in energy and medical care prices, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

The data are not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations.

Energy fell 3 percent and the all-items-less-food-and-energy index was off 0.9 percent, with medical care prices "the primary factor in the decrease," the BLS said.

In contrast, food prices were up 0.6 percent.

In the last 12 months, Foodprices DFW consumer prices were down 0.2 percent, the BLS said.

"Annual declines were registered in a number of categories, but lower shelter and recreation costs had the greatest impact on the all-items index," the BLS said. The all-items-less-food-and-energy index was off 0.5 percent.

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

McDonald's national Hiring Day Tuesday

Mcdonalds McDonald’s says it expects to fill 400 restaurant jobs in North Texas during a day-long national Hiring Day Tuesday Aug. 17 at the Golden Arches.


Jobseekers can apply at participating McDonald’s restaurant _there are 300 of those in North Texas and more than 1,000 across the state _ or online at http://www.mctexas.com/. Openings include ones for managers and restaurant crew, and full and parttime positions.


“For someone, this job will be a stop along their career path,” Cliff Johnson, a McDonald’s owner/operator said. “For another this could be the beginning of one of the many career success stories found within the McDonald’s system.”


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


Fort Worth Police looking to fill academy slots

Here's Star-Telegram reporter Mitch Mitchell's story from today's paper on the Fort Worth Police looking for applicants.

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


Workplaces plan pay raises in 2010, Mercer study finds

More than 98 percent of companies plan to increase base pay in 2011, but focus more on rewarding the highest-performing employees, Mercer says in its 2010/2011 US Compensation Planning Survey.

"Moreover, just 2 percent of companies are planning across-the-board salary freezes next year compared to 13 percent in 2010 and 31 percent in 2009," Mercer said.

Average pay hike, among employers planning to grant base pay increases, is 2.9 percent for 2011, Mercer said. That's up from an actual 2.7 percent in 2010, but down from 2009's 3.2 percent.

The highest-performing employees (14 percent of the workforce) are expected to receive average base pay raises of 4.3 percent in 2010. That compares to 2.6 percent for average performers (35 percent of the workforce), and 0.5 percent for the weakest performers (7 percent of the workforce).

"It looks like salary raises are back and for good reason," Catherine Hartmann, a principal with Mercer's rewards consulting business, said. "The risk of losing key employees is top of mind as the economy recovers and certain labor markets improve. And while non-monetary awards such as career development and training are effective in retaining employees, employers realize that top-performing employees are loathe to going another year without an increase in pay."

Hartmann said employers' focus on top performers is "a necessity, allowing employers to make their investments on those employees that will advance the organization in the new economy."

Oil and gas is expected to be among the top-yielding industries, Mercer said. Projected average percentage pay raises by industry:

  • Oil and gas: 3.5
  • Pharmaceutical: 2.9
  • Utilities-energy: 3
  • Banking: 2.7
  • Business and professional services: 3.2
  • Retail: 2.8
  • Telecom: 2.9
  • Education: 2.6
  • Healthcare: 2.8
  • Hospitality and restaurant: 3
  • Real estate: 2.5

Mercer's survey includes responses from 1,100 mid and large-size employers nationally and reflects pay practices for 12 million workers.

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


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