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Workers not getting callbacks for Vegas jobs

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Despite applying for multiple jobs, some workers are saying they aren’t getting contacted for Vegas jobs.

the vast majority (75 percent) of workers who applied to jobs using various resources in the last year said they never heard back from the employer, according to a nationwide CareerBuilder survey.

The study of more than 3,900 U.S. workers was conducted online by Harris Interactive© from November 1 to November 30, 2012.

Eighty-two percent of workers expect to hear back from a company when they apply for a job regardless of whether the employer is interested. Nearly one-third (32 percent) of workers said they would be less inclined to purchase products or services from a company that didn’t respond to their application.

Twenty-six percent of workers have had a bad experience as a job applicant, citing a lack of follow through, inconsistencies from the employer or poor representation of the company’s brand as the primary culprits.

· Employer never bothered letting me know the decision after the interview – 60 percent

· Found out during the interview that the job didn’t match what was written in the job ad – 43 percent

· Company representative didn’t present a positive work experience – 34 percent

· Company representative didn’t seem to be knowledgeable – 30 percent

· Employer never acknowledged receiving my application – 29 percent

The effects of one candidate’s negative experience can lead to a broader impact on the employer’s ability to recruit or sell products. Workers said if they are dissatisfied with the way their application is handled by an employer, they would:

· Never seek employment at the company again – 42 percent

· Tell others not to work there – 22 percent

· Tell others not to purchase products or services from the company – 9 percent

“From the second job seekers are viewing your job ad and applying to your company, they are forming an opinion of who you are as an employer and as a business,” said Sanja Licina, Ph.D. and Senior Director of Talent Intelligence at CareerBuilder. “One bad applicant experience can have a ripple effect with candidates not only vocalizing their dissatisfaction with how they were treated, but encouraging others not to apply or even buy products from that company. It’s so critical that your employment brand effectively carries through at every touch point with candidates.”

Police jobs in Vegas rank as very stressful

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Given the most stressful jobs in America, police jobs in Vegas and other cities rank as some of the most risky and stressful.

A new poll from Careercast posits that more than 110 officers were lost in the line of duty last year, according to the non-profit organization Officer Down. The personal safety risks police officers face are apparent. As for overseeing the safety of others — one of the factors in the stress score – it’s outlined right in the officer’s motto: To Protect and Serve.

This is all according to their article on the most stressful jobs in America.

Several other metrics that apply to the Jobs Rated stress score – travel, working in the public eye, physical demand and danger.

Among civilian careers, firefighter is ranked the most highly on the Jobs Rated stress scale. The job’s danger is apparent: running into burning buildings and dropping into forest fires calls for nerves and bravery few other careers require.

The personal danger a firefighter sees in the line of duty is high. Likewise, they are charged with the well-being of communities’ residents and property. The job’s challenges are myriad, and the stress can have a profound impact. The U.S. Fire Administration and International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) collaborated on a study over the course of six years, examining the dangers firefighters face.

“Year after year, there are notable advancements in the fire service industry. These advancements range from building code improvement to sprinkled buildings, from better protective gear to technologically advanced apparatus,” the report says. “But despite the advances made in safety and health areas, firefighters are still being killed, injured and diseased at an alarming rate.”

Two careers in the media industry score highly on the stress scale: photojournalist and newspaper reporter. Professionals from each field can be thrown into the epicenter of dangerous situations, such as war, natural disasters and police chases.

Businesses hiring for Vegas jobs

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

A number of businesses are actively recruiting for Vegas jobs.

According to Careerbuilders annual hiring study, twenty-six percent of hiring managers plan to add full-time, permanent employees in the New Year, up three percentage points over 2012. The study also points to heightened competition for high skill labor and improved compensation trends.

More than 60 percent of employers reported that they are in a better financial position than last year and more than 40 percent said their sales increased over the last six months, said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. While this bodes well for job creation, employers are still assessing the implications of a weakened global market and a modest recovery at home. The guarded approach to hiring that has been evident over the last few years was sustained in part by concerns over the fiscal cliff during the time of the survey. We dont expect 2013 to bring any big surprises in regard to employment, rather it will continue on a path of stability and gradual growth barring any significant economic disruptions.

Twenty-six percent of employers expect to hire full-time, permanent employees in 2013, up from 23 percent last year. Nine percent plan to decrease headcount, up from 7 percent last year. Fifty-five percent anticipate no change in their staff levels while 11 percent are unsure.

The top two positions companies plan to hire for in the New Year Sales and Information Technology – are also where employers expect to see the biggest salary increases. Hiring managers plan to recruit full-time, permanent employees for:

Sales 29 percent

Information Technology 27 percent

Customer Service 23 percent

Engineering 22 percent

Production 22 percent

Business Development 18 percent

Administrative 17 percent

Research & Development 15 percent

Accounting & Finance – 14 percent

Marketing 14 percent

Fifteen percent of small businesses (500 or fewer employees) reported they plan to take out new lines of credit in 2013. While small businesses are showing more confidence in their hiring intentions, there are still concerns over financial stability and market demand. Plans to hire increased at least three percentage points across small business segments while plans to downsize trended up the same amount.

50 or fewer employees 19 percent plan to add full-time, permanent staff in 2013, up from 16 percent in 2012; 6 percent plan to reduce headcount, up from 3 percent last year.

250 or fewer employees 24 percent plan to add full-time, permanent staff in 2013, up from 20 percent in 2012; 7 percent plan to reduce headcount, up from 4 percent last year.

500 or fewer employees 24 percent plan to add full-time permanent staff in 2013, up from 21 percent in 2012; 7 percent plan to reduce headcount, up from 4 percent last year.