As tough as it is these days searching for a job, news keeps coming in of companies with hundreds if not thousands of openings. And while a thousand new jobs, might not be enough to put the millions of unemployed Americans back on the job, it is a step in the right direction.
Where possible we’ve tried to pinpoint what areas of the country will be most affected by these hirings, so that you can determine which opportunities are most relevant to your current job search.
One of the important things to remember about the recovery of the American auto industry is that when one model is a hit, it’s not just good news for the specific manufacturer that puts it out — it means more profits and more jobs for all the companies that provide parts.
Such is the case withFord‘s new Focus, a global car which is expected to add at least 5,500 new jobs to the economy. Companies such as Robert Bosch LLC will be making parts for the new Focus.
A new $5 billion-plus manufacturing plant in Chandler, Ariz., along with increased demand, are sending semiconductor giant Intel on ahiring spree of more than 4,000 workers that should last all the way through 2011.
With more than 15,000 workers in Oregon, Intel is already that state’s largest private employer. While many of the new Inteljobs will be in Arizona, a number will be located in Oregon, as well as in New Mexico, where Intel also has a major presence.
The good news is that one auto manufacturer is doing so well it’s looking to hire 10,000 new employees in the next year. The not-so-good news is that you might need to speak German if you’d like to apply for some of the positions.
It’s a great time for techies. First Google announces they’re hiring 6,000, and now Microsoft says they want to add an additional 2,400 software engineer and research positions by the end of the year, according to a recentpost on FINS.com. Those jobs will be located all over the world, and will be filled as soon as they can find suitable candidates.
Everyone knows that that health care industry is one of the few areas that has been consistently hiring despite the ups and downs facing the rest of the economy. But many people forget that you don’t have to be a doctor, nurse, or a licensed health care technician to work in the industry.
UnitedHealth Group, for example has openings for jobs in information technology, accounting, marketing.
Not to be outdone byHome Depot, which announced yesterday it will hire more than 60,000 seasonal workers, Lowe’s, the smaller home improvement store chain, is hiring 50,000 seasonal workers for its retail stores. That’s up from the 43,000 temporary workers they brought in last year, and represents a 16 percent increase, according to various newspaper reports.
The new jobs may be seasonal, part time and temporary, but the 60,000 jobsHome Depot is offering right now total more than all new jobs created in the entire nation last month (36,000). Savvy and engaged employees will be able to convert those part time jobs into full time work — with benefits.
By AOL Jobs Contributor
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