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Companies hiring in December 2010 are still waiting for you, Hurry up Apply Now

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent figures, 29 states and Washington, D.C., have lower unemployment rates than they did in 2010. And in the most recently released month-over-month figures, 41 states saw an increase in non-farm employment.

The year’s winding down and even if the economy isn’t as robust as it was a decade ago, it is certainly healthier than it was a year ago judging by these statistics. This progress, albeit slow, is welcomed by job seekers who remember how bleak the hiring outlook felt a couple of years ago.

And the companies that are hiring aren’t necessarily putting their recruitment on hold in December just because it’s a busy time of year. In fact, the end of the year presents several opportunities for job seekers. Some companies are preparing to spend their 2011 budgets and want to interview and extend offers to employees now so that they can begin in the new year. Other companies can’t wait until next year and need to fill their vacancies now.

They need employees right now and you might never have a better opportunity to stand out than right now. While everyone else is pausing their job searches, you can stand out in a less crowded pool of applicants. Therefore, here are companies hiring in December:

Addus Healthcare, Inc.
Industry: In-home health care
Sample job titles: Nurses, therapists, regional managers, account executives, home care aides
Location: Nationwide

AkzoNobel
Industry: Manufacturing, specialty chemicals, performance coatings, paints, sales and retail operations
Sample job titles: Store associate, store manager, account manager, process engineer, chemist, field service representative
Location: Nationwide
 

Altec
Industry: Manufacturing
Sample job titles: Quality manager, field service technician, hydraulic field technicians, outside sales, trainer
Location: Nationwide

BBVA Compass
Industry: Banking / finance
Sample job titles: Bank teller, financial sales associate
Location: Texas, Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Colorado, New Mexico

Boehringer Ingelheim
Industry: Pharmaceutical
Sample job titles: Primary care sales representatives, R&D scientists, project managers, financial analysts, quality and validations
Location: Nationwide

CarMax
Industry: Automotive / retail
Sample job titles: Automotive technicians, detailers, sales consultants, management trainees
Location: Nationwide

Citi Trends
Industry: Retail
Sample job titles: Store manager, store associate, merchandiser, operations manager, manager in training
Location: Nationwide

Country Financial
Industry: Insurance and financial services
Sample job titles: Financial representative
Location: Chicago, Minneapolis, Iowa City, St. Louis, Atlanta, Nashville, Fort Collins, Tulsa, Kansas City, Phoenix, Portland, Bellevue, Wash., Brookfield, Wis.

DirecTV
Industry: Video technology
Sample job titles: Customer service representative
Location: Nationwide

General Dynamics Information Technology
Industry: Defense contractor
Sample job titles: Network engineers, IT security specialists, network administrators, IT specialists, intelligence analysts
Location: Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts, Texas

Global Experience Specialist (GES)
Industry: Professional services – convention and trade shows
Sample job titles: Sale coordinator, account managers, exhibit services coordinator
Location: Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Dallas

Harbor Freight Tools
Industry: Transportation
Sample job titles: District manager, store sales associates, inventory, purchasing, supply chain
Location: Nationwide

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG)
Industry: Hotel / hospitality
Sample job titles: Hotel sales manager, general manager, hospitality
Location: Worldwide

Millennium Pharmacy Systems, Inc
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: Pharmacy technician, pharmacist, billing specialist, pharmacy manager, project manager, consultant pharmacist, customer service representatives
Location: Cranberry, Penn., Orlando, Gaithersburg, Md., Philadelphia

MV Transportation
Industry: Transit
Sample job titles: General managers, fleet maintenance managers, fleet technicians, CDL drivers, safety managers, operations managers, director of accounting, proposal writer
Location: Nationwide

Northern Virginia Community College
Industry: Education
Sample job titles: Computer graphics and Web design teacher, political science teacher, development writing teacher, early childhood development teacher
Location: Annandale, Va.
 

Plymouth Auctioneering
Industry: Fine art sales / travel / entertainment
Sample job titles: International fine art sales and marketing
Location: Nationwide

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
Locations: Virginia, Washington D.C.

Saber Healthcare
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: Director of nursing, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech language pathologist
Location: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Carrabelle, Fla.

ServiceMaster
Industry: Home and commercial maintenance, repair and care
Sample job titles: Sales agent, collection agent, lawncare specialist, outbound sales supervisor
Location: Nationwide

Target
Industry: Retail
Sample job titles: Cashier, sales-floor team members, logistics team members, food team members
Location: Nationwide

University of Utah Health Care
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: Electrophysiology lab manager, health information coder, outpatient coding manager, inpatient coding educator, inpatient and acute care pharmacists, medical unit and oncology unit
Location: Salt Lake City

Volkswagen Group of America
Industry: Automotive
Sample job titles: Quality engineering specialist, area after sales manager, industrial engineer, assistant manager (assembly, production control specialist), manager (sales and distribution)
Location: Nationwide

Wireless Advocates
Industry: Wireless technology / retail
Sample job titles: Sales manager, retail sales associate
Location: Nationwide

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By Anthony Balderrama, CareerBuilder.com writer

Where the Jobs Are: Growing States (Like Michigan — 27,800 jobs, Columbia 17,800 jobs, New York 10,500 jobs …….) and Booming Industries

If you’re looking for something, anything that might indicate a recovery, the latest US Department of Labor Statistics might give you a little hope. In essence, last month more states showed unemployment decreases than increases. To be exact, eighteen states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rate declines, while 14 states registered rate upswings. Eighteen states had no change at all. A full twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia reported unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, while only 20 states posted increases, and 3 states had no change.

But wait…there’s more good news: Initial unemployment claims decreased by 31,000 last week, and in July, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 37 states and the District of Columbia and only declined in 13 states. The states that added the most jobs in July will probably surprise you.

Where the Jobs Are

  1. Michigan — added 27,800 jobs
  2. The District of Columbia — added 17,800 jobs
  3. Massachusetts — added 13,200 jobs
  4. New York — added 10,500 jobs
  5. Minnesota — added 9,800 jobs

North Dakota continued to register the lowest jobless rate at 3.6 percent, followed by South Dakota and Nebraska, 4.4 and 4.7 percent, respectively.

Where the Jobs Are NOT

  1. The states that lost the most jobs are:
  2. North Carolina — lost 29,800 jobs
  3. New Jersey — lost 21,200 jobs
  4. Illinois — lost 20,200 jobs
  5. California — lost 9,400 jobs
  6. Kentucky — lost 8,000 jobs

But the state with the absolute worst unemployment rate is Nevada which reached 14.3 percent in July. That rate also set a new series high. The states with the next highest rates were Michigan at 13.1 percent, and California at 12.3 percent.

Should You Move?
If it looks to you like you’re living in the worst possible state to find a job right now, don’t go packing your bags just yet. “You can search for a job anywhere online these days,” says employment expert Doug Arms, SVP and Chief Talent Officer of Ajilon, a specialty staffing firm owned by Adecco. He notes that at certain levels, companies are still paying for recruiting and interview trips, and they still have budgets to help you relocate.

But even if you’re not at that lofty level, Arms advises against permanently moving. “A lot of people moved out the California during the Gold Rush, and to work on the Hoover Dam, when it was being built. When they got there, they found things were not what they expected.”

Booming Industries
Rather than basing your job search on geographic indicators, Arms suggests searching within the professional sectors that are flourishing. For example, if you’re an accountant, bookkeeper, IT expert or transportation worker, instead of looking at traditional accounting, high tech or public transportation companies, try looking for a job in the private education sector (trade schools and private institutions) and in ambulatory health care (the baby boomers are aging, and increasingly need health care specialists to come to them). Both these industries need accountants, bookkeepers, IT specialists and transportation workers, in addition to educators and health care practitioners.

So, whether you’re living in a state like Michigan, which is finally adding jobs again, or North Carolina, which continues to lose them en masse, consider widening your job search to cover the industries that are flourishing everywhere. It’s estimated that there are more than three million jobs open right now, and someone’s got to get them, so why not you?
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By Lisa Johnson Mandell

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