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Companies Hiring This Month – Apply Now for New Year Jobs

Another year and another set of resolutions. You might not stick to all of them. The gym gets old. Not many of those novels get crossed off your to-read list. You don’t make it to the theater as much as you expected because “American Idol” is addictive. In other words, life happens.

One resolution that many people make at midnight is to find a new job. Unemployed job seekers and unsatisfied workers alike want a new job. They want good compensation. They want to do what they love. And after the last few years of a frustrating economy that didn’t make finding work easy, job seekers are eager for 2011 to be the year when it finally happens.

We can’t promise you a job, but we can point you in the right direction. In this instance, 22 directions. We put together a list of companies who are hiring in the new year. Across several industries, employers are hiring workers of all levels. Not a bad start to 2011.

So, let’s cross one resolution off your list right now. Check out this list of companies hiring in the new year:

Aaron’s, Inc.

Industry: Retail sales
Sample job titles: Manager trainees, deliver drivers, customer service representative, sales managers, collections managers
Location: Nationwide

Access Insurance
Industry:
Insurance
Sample job titles: Auto claims adjuster, bodily claims adjuster, bi-lingual customer service representative
Location: Atlanta, Orange, Calif.

Alpine Access
Industry: Customer service
Sample job titles: Customer service associate
Location: Nationwide

Bayada Nurses
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: Pediatric RNs and LPNs, occupational therapists, clinical managers
Location: N.J., Penn., N.Y., R.I., Ariz., N.C., Colo., Ga., Fla., S.C.

Bob Evans
Industry: Retail/restaurant
Sample job titles: Restaurant manager
Location: Nationwide

Cardinal Health
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: Sales, IT, engineering
Location: Nationwide

Centene Corporation
Industry: Healthcare
Sample job titles: Health coach, case managers, management, member connection representatives
Location: Austin, Dallas, St. Louis

Daymon Worldwide
Industry: Consulting, retail
Sample job titles: Business manager, sales and merchandising manager, retail sales manager
Location: California, N.Y., Md., Conn., Ohio, Tenn. Nc, Pa, Kans., Texas, Ma, Fla., R.I., Mich.

Emeritus Senior Living
Industry: Senior living
Sample job titles: Staff accountant, part-time concierge, maintenance director, resident assistant, assistant executive director, financial analyst
Location: Nationwide

Fifth Third Bank
Industry: Financial services
Sample job titles: Mortgage loan originator, personal banker, financial center manager, customer service rep, wealth management advisor, commercial portfolio manager, business development officer
Location: Ohio, Ken., Ind., Mich., Ill., Fla., Tenn., W.V., Penn., Mo., Ga., N.C.

FirstGroup
Industry: Transportation
Sample job titles: Bus driver, mechanic
Location: Nationwide

First Data
Industry: Merchant services
Sample job titles: Product manager, sales, IT
Location: Nationwide

Fresenius
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: Home therapies RN, patient account representative, Ultracare case manager
Location: Nationwide

Infor Global Solutions
Industry: IT/software
Sample job titles: Associate software engineer, senior business consultant, sales, account management
Location: Ann Arbor, Greenville, Grand Rapids, Colorado Springs, Atlanta, Malvern, Penn., Houston

Liberty Tax Service
Industry: Tax preparation
Sample job titles: Tax preparer, marketer, office manager, marketing manager
Location: Nationwide

NAPA Auto Care
Industry: Automotive
Sample job titles: Product manager, sales, IT
Location: Nationwide

Overland Solutions
Industry: Audit and loss control
Sample job titles: Premium auditor, insurance inspector, loss control consultant
Location: Nationwide

Paetec
Industry: Telecommunications
Sample job titles: Regional sales director
Location: Nationwide

Paycom
Industry: Payroll services
Sample job titles: Outside sales representative
Location: Texas, Okla., Ill., Ga.

REI Systems, Inc.
Industry: Software development and design
Sample job titles: Applications mockup developers, business analysts, database engineers, enterprise report writers, Java developers, Linux system administrators, .Net software engineers, project managers, quality assurance engineers, SharePoint architects
Location: Va., Washington D.C.

Schneider National, Inc.
Industry: Transportation
Sample job titles: Dedicated truck driver, tanker truck driver, truck driver/owner-operator, tanker truck driver/owner-operator, class A truck driver, intermodal truck driver, regional truck driver, team truck drivers
Location: Penn., Los Angeles, Memphis, Davenport, Iowa, Indianapolis, Akron, Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, Green Bay, Milwaukee

Veolia Environment North America: Veolia Water North America, Veolia Transportation, Veolia Energy North America, Veolia Environmental Services North America, Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies
Industry: Environment
Sample job titles: Business development managers, project managers, general managers, operators, maintenance mechanic, mechanical engineer, plant operations supervisor, project engineer
Location: Nationwide

By Anthony Balderrama, CareerBuilder.com writer

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The 50 Best Careers of 2011

 Consider these high-opportunity jobs as you look for your next paycheck:

It pays to be smart when choosing your career, particularly now that the job market is (slowly) improving. With the recession officially over, anyone who’s out of work or eager to change jobs is on the lookout for opportunities. But where, exactly, are the jobs? Which occupations offer decent salaries, quality of life and are likely to stick around for the next decade?
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Our list of 50 Best Careers answers those questions. We’ve highlighted dozens of high-opportunity professions careers you may want to consider as you decide where to look for your next paycheck. Based on job-growth projections, salary data, and other factors like job satisfaction, these occupations span a variety of industries, so you can find the right position for you no matter what your interests.
Here’s our list of the 50 Best Careers of 2011 — click each job to learn more:
Business Jobs:
Creative and Service Jobs:
Healthcare Jobs:
Social Service Jobs:
Clergy
Technology Jobs:
What’s new on the list this year? Several of our picks reflect the recent uptick in the economy, while others are long-time contenders that finally muscled their way onto the roster. With an aging baby boomer generation, healthcare continues to make a strong showing. All of the healthcare jobs on last year’s list have made the cut again this year, plus two new positions: massage therapist and athletic trainer. While the field of athletic training doesn’t offer the sheer number of positions as nursing or dental hygiene, it outranks nearly all other healthcare occupations for expected job growth.
Technology positions also account for a good chunk of our top-choice careers. Computer support specialist joins the ranks this year with upward trending employment numbers. Education administrator, which ranked particularly high for job satisfaction, made it onto our lineup of social service jobs. In the business category, we added sales manager, an occupation that’s making a comeback along with the economy.
On our creative and service jobs list, heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technician is new this year, largely because of its high expected job growth. Interpreter/translator, an occupation that’s increasingly in demand as a result of globalization, also made the cut.
To come up with this year’s list, U.S. News considered job-growth projections from the Labor Department, estimates for 2008 to 2018, the most recent data available. We narrowed it down to occupations that are expected to add jobs at an above-average rate over the next decade, as well as those that provide an above-average median income. Sales manager makes the highest median annual salary on our list, nearly $97,000. Computer software engineer, physician assistant, meteorologist and education administrator all bring in median average salaries in the mid-$80,000 range.
We also considered, where possible, data on job satisfaction, turnover, and impending retirements, which crank up openings in jobs that may have only slightly above-average employment growth. We talked with labor and industry experts as well, gathering anecdotal evidence about employment prospects and job satisfaction. We excluded careers that lack a statistically significant number of positions and therefore provide opportunity for only a small number of workers. When necessary, we favored jobs that would help diversify our list in terms of category and educational requirements, since not everyone wants to work in healthcare or go to school for six years.
Most of the jobs that were cut from the list this year showed a higher-than-average unemployment rate or shrinking employment numbers during the last few quarters. From the creative and service jobs category, funeral director, plumber, security system installer, and landscape architect got the boot. In business, we cut market research analyst, loan officer, and cost estimator.
Of course, no one job is best for everyone, and everyone has their own ideas about what makes a job great. “You have to like what you’re doing or you’re not going to be successful at it,” says Emily Bennington, who helps college graduates transition into careers through her company, Professional Studio 365. At the same time, “if you’re not getting paid to do it, you’re not going to love it for very long.”
Qualities that make a job desirable also change with the times and circumstances. Tom Smith, director of the General Social Survey, conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, expects his next set of job-satisfaction data to show that workers value stability more than they did before the recession. “Occupations that have greater job stability perhaps have improved in the public’s evaluation,” he says.
Even as hiring picks up, the odds can seem daunting to job seekers. In a struggling economy with a 9.6 percent unemployment rate, competition is stiff even for some jobs that made our list. For every job opening in September, there were about five unemployed people, according to the Labor Department. While that’s an improvement from 6.2 people for every job opening in November 2009, the most recent peak, “it’s still a very tough job market,” says Steve Hipple, an economist at the Labor Department. During the three years before the recession, the rate averaged 1.7 unemployed people for every job opening.
Others like John Challenger, CEO of outplacement company Challenger, Gray & Christmas, are more optimistic. “The whole environment has changed,” says Challenger, who talks daily with companies that are hiring, as well as job seekers. “(It’s) certainly not gang-busters by any means … but it feels like springtime compared to last year’s winter in the job market.”
Whether you’re out of work or your job has simply fallen out of favor, you’ll likely find an occupation on our list that suits you. For each profession, we’ve offered a summary of what you can expect on the job, as well as advice from hiring managers and people who work in that industry about how to land one.
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America’s Most Popular Jobs – (according to MSN) …

The following is a list of jobs with little in common. Annual salaries for these jobs range from just over $18,000 to more than $110,000. Some don’t require workers to graduate from high school, while others require a master’s degree or higher. The reason they all appear here? They are the most popular jobs in America.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following 15 jobs account for more than 25 percent of total U.S. employment. For comparison purposes, the largest job — retail sales — employs 4.21 million people, or 3.2 percent of the total American  work force. By contrast, a mere 660 people are employed as prosthodontists, 1,170 as geographers and 870 as radio operators nationally.


So what are these mega-professions that employ so many people? According to the BLS, the following jobs are America’s  most popular:

1. Retail salespeople: Perhaps a testament to consumerism, retail salespeople rank No. 1 in job popularity. Besides great communication and customer service skills, retails salespeople also have to know how to close a deal; many of these jobs are commission-based. 

Total employment:  4.21 million
Salary: $24,630*
Requirements: A high school diploma is preferred for entry-level positions. For those who hope to move on to retail management, a bachelor’s degree is helpful.

2. Cashiers: Cashiers are responsible for working registers, monitoring cash drawers and taking payments at establishments that range from supermarkets and gas stations to retail stores and theme parks. Like retail salespeople, cashiers must have good customer-service and people skills, since they spend their day dealing with the public.

Total employment:  3.44 million
Salary: $19,030
Requirements: On-the-job training

3. Office clerks: Workers spend their days filling a variety of roles in an office environment, from entering data to preparing mailings. An office clerk’s duties may vary daily, according to the needs of the company.

Total employment:  2.81 million
Salary: $27,700
Requirements: A high school diploma and a combination of word processing, computer and proofreading skills.

4. Combined food preparation and service workers: This category primarily encompasses those who work in fast food establishments as counter attendants and food prep workers. Duties often include taking orders and accepting payment, filling beverage cups, assembling food items and providing customer service.

Total employment:  2.69 million
Salary: $18,120
Requirements: On-the-job training. Employers look for workers with excellent customer-service skills, a neat appearance and the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.

5. Registered nurses: Nursing is the most common profession in the health-care field. RNs treat patients in hospitals, outpatient facilities and doctors‘ offices. Some provide home care to patients.

Total employment:  2.58 million

Salary: $66,530
Requirements: There are three different educational requirements for RNs: a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate degree in nursing (ASN) or a diploma. Many hold master’s degrees or an advanced practice nursing license (APRN).

6. Waiters and waitresses: Waiters and waitresses take food orders, accept payment and provide menu information to restaurant customers.

Total employment:  2.3 million
Salary: $20,380
Requirements: There are no minimal education requirements, though many establishments prefer staff to have high school diplomas.

7. Customer service representatives: Customer service workers answer questions, provide information, fulfill customer requests and handle customer complaints. While many work in call centers, others are employed in retail stores or at banks.

Total employment:  2.19 million
Salary: $32,410
Requirements: High school diploma, on-the-job training.

8. Material movers: This broad job category encompasses laborers who literally move materials. Think truck loaders, loading dock workers and baggage handlers.

Total employment:  2.13 million
Salary: $25,290
Requirements: On-the-job training

9. Janitors: Janitors are responsible for maintaining cleanliness in places such as office buildings, museums, schools and hospitals.

Total employment:  2.1 million
Salary: $24,120
Requirements: On-the-job training, ability to perform physical work for extended periods.

10. Stock clerks and order fillers:  Stock clerks and order fillers work in storage facilities, warehouses, and shipping and receiving departments, ensuring that orders are properly filled, stocked, priced and accounted for.

Total employment:  1.86 million
Salary: $23,460
Requirements: High school diploma, on-the-job training, ability to perform physically strenuous work.

11. Secretaries: Secretaries (not including medical, legal and executive secretaries) provide administrative assistance to an office in the form of answering phones, greeting visitors, ordering catering services, proofreading, entering data, scanning and faxing documents, and more.

Total employment:  1.8 million
Salary: $31,060
Requirements: High school diploma, though an increasing number hold an associate or bachelor’s degree. Secretaries must also have good computer and communication skills.

12. Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks: Employees in these positions serve as a corporation’s record-keepers. Tasks include maintaining accounts payable and receivable, documenting and tracking budgets and preparing financial statements.

Total employment:  1.76 million
Salary: $34,750
Requirements: High school diploma, though many employers now require workers in these positions to hold an associate or bachelor’s degree.

13. General managers: General managers are the top executives of establishments and organizations such as restaurants, hotels, amusement parks and sports teams. They are in charge of the business’s day-to-day operations and long-term goals.

Total employment:  1.69 million
Salary: $110,550
Requirements: Most hold a bachelor’s or advanced-level degree.

14. Tractor-trailer truck drivers: This category includes only those drivers who operate trucks with a capacity of more than 26,001 pounds. These drivers are responsible for the timely delivery of goods along routes that may cover multiple states.

Total employment:  1.55 million
Salary: $39,260
Requirements: A commercial driver’s license is necessary for all drivers. Some states also require a training program.

15. Elementary school teachers: The category includes elementary school teachers except those who teach special education. Elementary school teachers are responsible for instructing students in kindergarten through fifth grade on a variety of subjects.

Total employment:  1.54 million
Salary: $53,150
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, teaching certification.

* Salary information is according to the BLS, and is based on average annual salary) 
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