Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Michigan Unemployment rate falls

Unemployment has dropped in Michigan for the third straight month. We have a looooooong way to go, but maybe we're finally going in the right direction. I dunno, the long term prognosis still requires some redefinition of our overall industry. Otherwise the only reason unemployment will fall to "acceptable" levels will be because people are leaving the State in general.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Who is Hiring from the Fortune 500 Vol VII

Article Title: Who is Hiring from the Fortune 500 Vol VII
Author Byline: CareerAlley
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"My son is now an 'entrepreneur.' That's what you're called when you don't have a job." - Ted Turner

Okay, so I've taken for granted that everyone knows what the Fortune 500 is, so just to clarify I thought I would give a brief definition. According to Wikipedia, the Fortune 500 is "an annual list compiled and published by Fortune magazine that ranks the top 500 U.S. closely held and public corporations as ranked by their gross revenue after adjustments made by Fortune to exclude the impact of excise taxes companies collect. The list includes publicly and privately-held companies for which revenues are publicly available. The first Fortune 500 list was published in 1955."

Just to be clear, these companies are ranked by revenue and, for those non-financial people among us, that does not always mean profit. This year's list has changed quite a bit (mostly in financial services) due to mergers and failures. That being said, the Fortune 500 is typically representative of some of the best (and largest) companies in the US. What better place to focus your job search? As an example, the companies listed in this post collectively have well over 1,000 career opportunities globally.

  • Wellpoint - The largest health insurer in the US, Wellpoint is ranked 32 on the list. Their career page has a number of links at the top for Your Area of Talent, Search Jobs, Recruiting Events and more. The center of the page has a job search section where you can search with a number of filters. To the right of this is a listing of Hot Opportunities (you can click on any of these opportunities to see the detail). You can also click on the advanced search function. Once you've clicked through to the job search section, you can see a number of additional links on the left hand side of the page for a number of functional areas. Click on the functional area of your choice to get an overview page. At the bottom of the overview page is a link to job opportunities specific to that function. There were 162 job opportunities when I checked the site.

  • Dell - The computer retailing giant has global presence and is ranked 33 on the list. From the main career page, select your country to access the career opportunities page. This page lists quite a few options down the left-hand side (Job Search, Event Calendar, Student Programs and a number of informational links). Click on "Job Search" to submit your resume, create your profile, register and conduct a job search for your country. Their advanced search function provides a large number of options for narrowing your search. Searching on the US yields 385 job opportunities.

  • Boeing – Ranked at 34 on this year’s list, Boeing covers a broad range of products within aerospace and their career opportunities are fairly broad. Their stock price has seen some bad times lately with the delay in their latest aircraft, but should hopefully pick-up as they deliver. Their careers page leads with a good company overview and why you would want to work there, followed by a quick link to their job search section. The left hand side of the page has additional employment links (including Job Search, Featured Job Opportunities, Recruiting Events and more). Moving right to Job Search, there were 286 job opportunities when I checked the site, covering a broad range of job functions and locations. Their featured jobs link provides some additional focus and, like most companies these days, you can register and upload your resume.

  • Microsoft – Everyone knows this software giant who ranked 35 on the list. From the careers page, select your location from the center of the page. On the left-hand side you will find additional links for locations as well. Select your location and link to MS’ robust career search page. You can register from the center of the page or select from a wide range of choices on the left hand side (Career Paths, Search Jobs, Create Job Agent, International Jobs and submit your resume). There were over 100 job opportunities when I checked the site (the site only shows 100 jobs at a time).

  • Walgreen - A retail drugstore, Walgreen ranked 36 this year. Their careers page is well organized, listing each major type of functional career path at the company (such as Pharmacy, Corporate, Technology, etc.). Click on any of these to view a page specific to that function along with job opportunities. It is not easy to find the job search function that searches across the entire company, so I've listed it here for your use ==>> Walgreen Career Search. There were 135 job opportunities when I checked the site.

Good luck in your search.

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