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Optimism for Vegas jobs abound

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Many employers are optimistic about the regrowth of Vegas jobs, according to a recent survey from the Conference Board.

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had improved in April, increased again in May. The Index now stands at 76.2 (1985=100), up from 69.0 in April.

Consumers’ appraisal of present-day conditions improved in May. Those saying business conditions are “good” increased to 18.8 percent from 17.5 percent, while those stating business conditions are “bad” decreased to 26.0 percent from 27.6 percent. Consumers’ assessment of the labor market was also more positive. Those claiming jobs are “plentiful” increased to 10.8 percent from 9.7 percent, while those claiming jobs are “hard to get” edged down to 36.1 percent from 36.9 percent.

Consumers were considerably more optimistic about the short-term outlook. Those expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months increased to 19.2 percent from 17.2 percent, while those expecting business conditions to worsen decreased to 12.1 percent from 14.8 percent.

Consumers’ outlook for the labor market was also more upbeat. Those expecting more jobs in the months ahead improved to 16.8 percent from 14.3 percent, while those expecting fewer jobs decreased to 19.7 percent from 21.8 percent. The proportion of consumers expecting their incomes to increase dipped slightly to 16.6 percent from 16.8 percent, while those expecting a decrease edged down to 15.3 percent from 15.9 percent.

Says Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board: “Consumer Confidence posted another gain this month and is now at a five-year high (Feb. 2008, Index 76.4). Consumers’ assessment of current business and labor-market conditions was more positive and they were considerably more upbeat about future economic and job prospects. Back-to-back monthly gains suggest that consumer confidence is on the mend and may be regaining the traction it lost due to the fiscal cliff, payroll-tax hike, and sequester.”

Company creates more real estate jobs in Vegas

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

With the promotion of a key members, one company has created more real estate jobs in Vegas.

The Ballen Group of Keller Williams, team of Las Vegas Short Sale Specialists, has promoted Tom Wirt to CEO.

Lori Ballen and her husband Richard Ballen manage the  Las Vegas Real Estate Team at Keller Williams Realty Las Vegas. As Las Vegas Short Sale Specialists, Lori and her team focus on distressed properties and residential real estate in Nevada.

They are also looking to fill more real estate jobs. The Ballen Group is seeking additional talent for the team as well including buyer specialists, listing agents, short sale processors, administrative and marketing staff, and a web master.

Lori Ballen, Leader of The Ballen Group says, “We are excited to have Tom Wirt leading our Las Vegas Real Estate team. Tom always has our client’s best interest in mind and their number one goal is his number one goal. He is a natural leader, a determined individual, and is great with the details.”

Tom has been with The Ballen Group since April of 2011 and quickly became the teams “go to” person for advice, leadership, and training.

The Ballen Group has been recognized for top achievements in Listings, Production, and marketing.

Economic Alliance hires person for executive jobs in Vegas

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance has hired a key person for executive jobs in Vegas.

Kathy Parker has been appointed to the position of Senior Executive Administrator and Free Trade Zone Coordinator.

The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, previously known as the Nevada Development Authority, is Southern Nevada’s economic development agency. For 57 years, it has continued to diversify and improve the economy of Southern Nevada. For more information, call 702.791.0000 or visit The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance is located in The InNEVation Center powered by Switch.

Switch is the world’s most reliable technology ecosystem, in the country’s safest desert. Switch is a Nevada-based technology ecosystem that includes the Switch SuperNAP, a 407,000-square-foot facility that houses the servers of Google, VMWare, HP, Intuit, eBay, Zappos, and many more. The SuperNAP has gained global attention through its use of patented technology to house servers at a density that far surpasses industry standards, with additional safeguards provided by armed security and Las Vegas’ unique geography as a city free from natural disasters.

Parker will provide operational and administrative support to the LVGEA Executive Committee and Board of Trustees and all sub-committees. Her role as the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) Coordinator is to ensure compliance of the principle responsibilities of the grantee for Foreign Trade Zone 89. She also assists the EVP Economic Development. Parker, a 12-year resident of the Las Vegas valley, has worked for the LVGEA since 2000.
“Kathy has been leading the coordination for Foreign Trade Zone 89 for several years. As we proceed with initiatives to promote our FTZ globally, we need to have someone coordinating this effort full-time”, said Tom Skancke, president and CEO of LVGEA. “This position requires someone that is detail oriented and trusted to work with the federal government and Kathy is that person on our team.”

Are HR jobs in Vegas growing?

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

A company with a lot of data relating to jobs took a closer look to determine if HR jobs in Vegas are growing, and if HR jobs nationwide are on a steady climb.

The Wanted Analytics found that over the past 90 days, more than 14,000 jobs ads for human resources professionals specified that candidates would need either a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification or a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

This is an 8.5% increase in the number of jobs that specify this certification in their ads. This only represents about 7% of all HR-related job ads posted online during the past 90 days.

It’s likely that employers will find positions that require these certifications hard-to-fill. Nationally, this requirement scores a 78 on the Hiring Scale. (The Hiring Scale ranges from 1-99, with 99 representing the most difficult market conditions.)

The best location in the US to find potential candidates with SPHR’s or PHR’s is Eugene, Oregon. Although Eugene doesn’t necessarily have the largest talent pool in the US, it has just a few open positions.

Employers that are able to source candidates from this area are likely to experience very little competition from other companies trying to attract the same candidates.