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Opening of store to create Vegas sales jobs

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The opening of a new auto parts store is creating Vegas sales jobs.

The new O’Reilly Auto Parts has opened a location at 8410 West Cheyenne St.

O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. is one of the largest specialty retailers of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the United States, serving both the do-it-yourself and professional markets. Founded in 1957 by the O’Reilly family, the Company operates over 4,200 stores in 42 states.

The store will be celebrating a grand opening that will run March 26 – April 8. As part of the grand opening celebration, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 5 at 8:30am.

Store Manager James “Steve” Hall, on behalf of the entire company, will present a $200 check to Boy Scouts of America, Troop 430.

O’Reilly has a manufacturer’s warranty policy in the industry and the largest inventory of auto parts, tools and accessories.

Corporate Mission Statement: “O’Reilly Automotive intends to be the dominant supplier of auto parts in our market areas by offering our retail customers, professional installers and jobbers the best combination of price and quality provided with the highest possible service level.”

Employers face challenges when staffing for IT jobs in Vegas

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Employers must face a variety of challenges when recruiting for IT jobs in Vegas.

Forty-nine percent of hiring managers and human resource professionals at information technology companies say, from their company’s perspective, it doesn’t feel like the recession ever ended, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder and – its job site for technology professionals.

A third (32 percent) said their company is struggling to recover from the recession and 34 percent say their staff is still smaller than before the recession.

The following are the top 15 staffing challenges faced by IT hiring managers:

1. Retaining top talent – 36 percent

2. Lifting employee morale – 31 percent

3. Recruiting high skill applicants – 29 percent

4. Providing competitive compensation – 27 percent

5. Worker burnout – 26 percent

6. Maintaining productivity levels – 25 percent

7. Managing organizational changes – 21 percent

8. Providing competitive benefits – 20 percent

9. Providing upward mobility – 17 percent

10. Cutting down on cost-per-hire – 16 percent

11. Providing enough training opportunities to employees – 16 percent

12. Finding time to sort through applications and interview applicants – 13 percent

13. Employee engagement – 12 percent

14. Cutting down on time to hire – 11 percent

15. Adapting to new ways or sourcing/recruiting candidates – 11 percent

“Despite the emergence of successful tech startups and exponential growth of several computer science and engineering occupations, many IT employers are confronted by a variety of staffing challenges that have the potential to limit productivity and innovation,” said Eric Presley, chief technology officer at CareerBuilder. “The top issues in 2014 will be the retention and recruitment of high-skill talent. The most-in demand workers are attracting lucrative offers nationwide, meaning employers have to recognize and incentivize their best talent to stay ahead of the competition.”

Vegas public relation jobs expand

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

With the merger of two companies, Vegas public relation jobs grow.

The Ferraro Group, a Nevada public relations and public affairs company with offices in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City, has merged with Tangerine Communications.

Tangine is Heather Austin’s company.

Austin will become director of Phoenix operations for The Ferraro Group. Her firm currently represents The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise and its four casino properties, High Street, Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix, Realty Executives Phoenix, SicFit, Trident Athletics, DoxTek, Gertrude’s at The Desert Botanical Garden, author Tom Fitzgerald and other PR clients in Flagstaff, Seattle and Salt Lake City.

Prior to forming Tangerine, Austin strategized for a variety of regional and national public relations clients while working with Off Madison Ave and E.B. Lane Marketing Communications of Phoenix.

The Ferraro Group, voted PR Firm of the Year in 2011 by the Las Vegas Business Press, represents numerous public relations clients including Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Western Folklife Center, Nathan Adelson Hospice, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Nevada Title, Dunkin’ Donuts – Las Vegas, WestCare, Vegas PBS and Waterton Global. Public affairs clients include Apple, the Nevada Resort Association, United Heath Group, Cox Communications, Frias Transportation, City of Las Vegas, NV Energy, REMSA, JP Morgan Chase, and Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

“Heather has earned an excellent reputation effectively combining sound strategy with creative tactics to deliver fresh and lasting solutions for communications, social media and public relations challenges,” said Greg Ferraro, president and founder of The Ferraro Group. “Heather’s higher education, non-profit, adventure travel and real estate experience, coupled with Tangerine’s innovative social media experience, allows The Ferraro Group to provide regional expertise with an even greater depth and breadth of services.”

Vegas unemployment drops?

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Nationwide the unemployment rate declined in 42 states, and it seems even Vegas unemployment has dropped, according to recent Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employment-population ratios decreased in 28 states, increased in 17 states and the District of Columbia, and were unchanged in 5 states.

All four regions experienced statistically significant unemployment rate decreases from 2012, with the West having the largest decline (-1.2 percentage points). The West, at 8.0 percent, had the only jobless rate significantly higher than that of the U.S. in 2013, while the South, at 7.0 percent, had the only rate significantly below the national figure.

In addition, six of the 9 geographic divisions had statistically significant over-the-year unemployment rate changes in 2013, all of which were decreases. The largest of these occurred in the Pacific and South Atlantic (-1.4 percentage points and -1.0 point, respectively).

According to the BLS, Nevada again had the highest unemployment rate (9.8 percent) in 2013, followed by Rhode Island (9.5 percent) and Illinois (9.2 percent). North Dakota had the lowest jobless rate among the states for the fifth year in a row (2.9 percent), followed by South Dakota (3.8 percent)
and Nebraska (3.9 percent).

Overall, 25 states had unemployment rates that were significantly lower than the U.S. rate of 7.4 percent, while 11 states and the District of Columbia had rates significantly above it.

The East South Central was the only division with a statistically significant change in its employment-population ratio in 2013 (-0.8 percentage point). The East South Central again had the lowest proportion of employed persons, 54.4 percent. The next lowest ratios were in the Pacific (57.4 percent), South Atlantic (57.7 percent), and Middle Atlantic (58.0 percent).

Ratios in all four of these divisions were significantly below the national average. The division with the highest employment-population ratio was the West North Central, at 64.8 percent, followed by New England, at 60.9 percent. These two divisions, along with the West South Central, at 59.6 percent, had employment-population ratios measurably above that of the U.S.