Friday, July 23, 2010

Searching for Jobs at the Best Companies to Work For - Vol 4

Article Title: Searching for Jobs at the Best Companies to Work For - Vol 4
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://CareerAlley.com

"Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit". - Frank Borman

In the "early days" (after the invention of electricity but before Personal Computers), there were all of these "perks" that were available to those lucky enough to find the right employer. I remember one of my early jobs working on the trading floor of a (then) major financial institution in NY (don't worry, they didn't actually let me do any trading) when I learned that there was free breakfast, lunch and snacks for the Traders and everyone working on the trading floor. I thought this was the best thing in the world, how neat was that? Being young, green and naive, what else would you expect? But what is "best" to some is not to others and that is what makes the "best companies" list so interesting. What is the one thing your employer could provide that would make you happy in your job? Is it the ability to telecommute or Gym discounts? Not sure? You can use the "Perk Finder" on Fortune's website to narrow down your best company (or maybe you already know the answer).

  • NuStar Energy - 21 on the list (up from 44 last year), NuStar is a pipeline operator and refinery (a spin-off of Valero). The career site has some information on the company center page and a link to job openings. From the job openings page, you must click again to get to the real job openings page. You can browse current openings and post your resume to the site. There were 21 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • Johnson Financial Group – Based in Wisconsin, this company is a financial services firm with 63 locations. and is ranked 22 on the list (up from 25 last year). Their careers page has a brief summary overview and you must click on Enter Site to get to the main careers page. Once there, click on Search and Apply to create a job search agent and register on the site. You can view all jobs or select based on criteria. There were 15 job opportunities posted when I did a simple search.



  • Umpqua Bank - Number 23 on this year’s list, Umpqua is a financial services firm (if you've not already guessed). Their main careers page has company information in the center of the page with links to Culture, Perks and Current Openings. Their opportunities page allows registration with resume posting as well as a job search function. Click Search Career Opportunities to use their job search engine. When I checked there were 129 job opportunities across a few states, from junior jobs to senior jobs. Clicking on a job displays the job description and a “submit your application” link.



  • Goldman Sachs Group - Ranked 24 on this year’s list, Goldman is much in the news and back to earning large profits. Their main career page is pretty impressive. Several tabs at the top for Careers, the Firm, Begin and Search, click Begin to (you guessed it) begin. More tabs on this page, with Key Dates, Unique Positions, Apply Now, Recruiting Events and Summer Intern Toolkit, plan to spend a fair amount of time surfing this site.



  • Novo Nordisk - A Danish diabetes-treatment company with over 26,000 employees globally and ranked 25 on the list. Their main career page offers information on the company (center page) and a number of job search resources, including Career Paths, Culture, Opportunities and Search Jobs on the left hand side of the page. Click on Search Jobs to link to the page where you can search for job openings, log on or add your profile (and upload your resume). You can also paste your resume and have the search function check for opportunities against your resume. There were 59 opportunities when I checked.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thousands of Jobs in Technology

Article Title: Thousands of Jobs in Technology
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://Careeralley.com

Nobody will ever need more than 640k RAM!” – Bill Gates, 1981

Technology is defined as "the practical application of knowledge especially in a particular area" according to Merriam-Webster's dictionary. So state of the art technology in the early 1970's were floppy disks, LCDs, VCRs and Pong all while we were watching Star Trek (yes, the original) with their "wireless" communicators that was true science fiction. So here we are, 40 years later with our own "communicators" (aka - Smartphones) that make the Star Trek versions look like ancient stone age tools.

Okay, I went off on a tangent. Today's post is all about finding jobs in Technology and yes, there are thousands of them. From Tech companies to Tech search engines, the following links should help you in your search for a new job.

Job Search Boards:

  • Computerjobs.com - A great place to start if you are looking for a tech job. The site leads with a simple search bos There are several links at the top for Login, Register and Options (job downloads and Recruiter Directory). The right-hand side of the page allows search by popular job locations followed by a specialized search by job skill. Overall, the site is very well done. They’ve managed to get all of the key links for their site on the main page without overcrowding and with easy user interface. There were over 8,400 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • TechCareers.com - "IT Jobs, Engineering Jobs and Career Resources for IT and Engineering Professionals" is the tag line for this site. Links at the top of the page for Search Jobs, Post Resume, Articles and Blogs and more. There is a simple search box at the top of the page along with a button for advanced job search. Right hand side of the page lists featured companies. Speaking of technology, you can also download an iPhone app for this site. Center page are links for Career Profiles, Hiring Reports and Job Search Tips. There were over 134,000 job opportunities when I checked the site (this is not a typo).



  • Dice.com - The Career Hub for Tech Insiders. I'm sure that most of you have heard of this site. A busy site but with lots of great information and links, the main page has tabs at the top for Search Jobs, Career News and Job Showcase. This is followed by a search box on the left hand side of the screen followed by sections for browsing jobs by location or skill set. Featured companies are listed on the right hand side of the page. There were over 69,500 job opportunities when I checked the site.


Technology Companies:

  • Hewlett-Packard – HP is well known for its printers, computers (number1), medical equipment and recently announced their acquisition of Palm. Their career site has an overview on the left hand side with "Find your Fit" on the right hand side of the page. Links include Search Jobs, Submit your profile and working at HP. There were over 6,700 job opportunities when I checked (seems high, but I did say thousands of jobs).



  • Apple - iPod, iPhone, iTouch, Mac Computers and of course the new iPad. Apple's career site is everything you would expect from Apple. Crisp, clean and easy. There are a few overview words on the main page, but you can go right to the "Start your search" center right page or top right page. Clicking through, you have a choice of retail jobs (in one of their stores) or a job in Corporate. There were over 1,100 job opportunities in Corporate when I checked the site.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Who's Hiring from the Fortune 1000 - Vol 1

Article Title: Who's Hiring from the Fortune 1000 - Vol 1
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://Careeralley.com

"Always look on the bright side of life" - Eric Idle

Remember as a kid when every three day holiday weekend the local radio station would countdown the "1000 greatest hits of the (decade, century, millennium, blah blah) "? And you would listen over the weekend, hoping not to miss the number one hit? I remember one weekend where I actually tried to tape the entire thing (sad but true).

Well it's that time again, but these hits are jobs from the Fortune 1000. This is the 3rd time that I've covered jobs from the latest Fortune list of the year, but with this newest list I've decided to start from the bottom and work our way up. Different view, different perspective and it only gets better as we get closer to the top. Remember, applying for a job directly from a company's website has a much better chance of success.

  • Career Education - Ranked at 1,000, down from 940 last year but still on the list (last one), Career Education is an educational services company. Their careers page has tabs at the top for Employment Listings, Academic Careers, Admissions Careers and Corporate Careers. Center page provides an overview of the company. Click on Employment Listings to see the search engine where you can search by job type or can enter your own information. There were over 100 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • MGIC Investment - This company is in the private mortgage insurance business. Their careers page is really hard to find, but once you do (use the link at the start of this paragraph), you will see a center section which provides a company overview and then dives right into the topic. There is an email address for submitting your resume, or click "employment opportunities" to see the job listings.



  • Sanderson Farms - A food producer and ranked 998, Sanderson's careers site has tabs at the top for Open Positions, Trainee Programs, Students and more. The left hand side of the page has some videos you can watch followed by a section for submitting your resume. Click on Open Positions to see the search engine. You can select a position type or location to see open positions.



  • Administaff - According to their website, Administaff is "the nation's leading professional employer organization" and is ranked 997 on the list. Their careers page has links on the left hand side of the page for Corporate Opportunities and Resume & Interview Tips. Below this is a box for "Search All Jobs". There are tabs center page for Search Our Careers, Create a Profile and Career Center. There were 601 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • Tellabs - 996 on the list, Tellabs has over 3,100 employees and provides products and services to the communications industry. Their Careers page has an overview center page with links to Careers, Events and more on the left hand side of the screen. The right hand side of the screen allows you to select careers by region. Leveraging their job search engine, there were 131 job opportunities when I checked the site.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.