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Hiring of New College Grads Expected to Rise 5 Percent

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The job market appears to continue to improve as hiring is expected to increase 5 percent for new college graduates, according to an annual survey by the Michigan State University's Collegiate Employment Research Institute.

The survey polled 4,300 employer representatives including 2,864 hiring managers or recruiters for full-time positions and 444 internship and co-op program managers. Employers were slightly more optimistic this year about the college labor market than last year, rating the overall market as "fair" and "good."

Hiring for those new college grads with a bachelor's degree is up 5 percent, boosting optimism for college seniors in a recovering labor market. The unemployment rate is 7.9 percent, with 12.3 million Americans unemployed.

The "surprise" in this year's report, the institute said, was the strong demand for Associate's degrees, which is up more than 30 percent, in applied engineering, healthcare technology, business and computer science. The institute said that that finding mirrors data in other job growth reports that show Associate's degrees have outpaced four-year degrees for the past several months.

Meanwhile, those attending business schools aren't as lucky. Demand for grads with an MBA shrank by 6 percent.

The labor market for those with a Master's degree appears to "be stuck at the bottom of a U-shaped curve," the report states.

"Following the loss of opportunities in 2008 and 2009, the market is essentially flat-lining and showing none of the same strong gains as the markets for Bachelor's and Associate's degrees," the report states.

The survey cited employers' concerns about a shortage of qualified candidates in some areas for both new graduates and experienced workers. Firms are concerned about college student preparedness and their lack of work experience in professional settings and attitudes toward work.

Of college majors, accounting was employers' most requested type of Bachelor's degree, though accounting at CPA firms is trending downward this year, a surprise change.

"Business remains the most frequently requested major," the report states. "Marketing and advertising are making strong gains compared to last year."

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Energy, Internet-Related Jobs Are Booming, Survey Finds

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While the jobs market continues to improve slowly, a new survey out Wednesday finds that several sectors and parts of the country have been booming in the past three years.

“Drilling crude petroleum, natural gas extraction, natural gas production: all those are up well over 20 percent,” says Jennifer Grasz of CareerBuilder.

Its report finds that the Internet has directly created a lot of jobs.

“Electronic shopping, that’s up 23 percent.  Internet publishing and broadcasting [are] up 30 percent,” Grasz says.

Other hot areas for job creation include health care, transportation and manufacturing.

“And so you see machine shops coming back, and also you see those other industries tied to it,” says Grasz.  “Specialized freight trucking -- those jobs are coming back as well.”

The CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists survey finds there is also a close correlation between the top locations for job growth and the concentration of fast-growing industries in those markets.

“Technology hiring is a big contributor for growth in the Bay Area and Raleigh and while Texas cities, Oklahoma and Salt Lake are benefiting from strong oil and gas activity,” says Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder.  “The rebound in manufacturing helped to land Detroit in the top ten while healthcare continues to thrive in Phoenix.”

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Amazon to Hire More than 50K Workers for Holiday Shopping Season

Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- In preparation for the holiday shopping season, is ramping up its workforce at its fulfillment centers across the U.S.

“In addition to the thousands of people we’ve hired for full-time jobs this year, we’re proud to be adding more than 50,000 seasonal jobs this holiday,” Dave Clark, vice president, Global Customer Fulfillment, said in a statement Tuesday.  “We’re hiring at our sites across the U.S. for talented individuals to help us deliver a great experience for our customers this holiday season."

Clark says many of these temporary workers may stay with Amazon past the holidays.

"Temporary associates play a critical role in meeting increased customer demand during the holiday season, and we expect thousands of temporary associates will stay on in full-time positions,” he said.

The Seattle-based online retailer says it has more than 20,000 employees across its 40 U.S. fulfillment centers.

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Holiday Hiring Begins: Where the Jobs Are

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The holiday season is approaching and retailers across the nation have already begun announcing plans to add staffers to the payroll this year.  According to retail trade association National Retail Federation, retailers will add 585,000 to 625,000 hires.

“This is the most optimistic forecast NRF has released since the recession.  In spite of the uncertainties that exist in our economy and among consumers, we believe we’ll see solid holiday sales growth this year,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said in a statement.

One company adding to its payroll is Target, which will be one of the largest seasonal employers this year.  The retail giant will hire 80,000 to 90,000 seasonal employees this year, which is down from 90,000 employees in 2011, according to Biz Journals

According to the Wall Street Journal, Target’s figures are down this year because the Minneapolis-based company hired 30 percent of its seasonal staff from the previous holiday season for year-round positions.”

The NRF expects consumers to increase spending 4.1 percent at retailers this holiday season.

In preparation for shoppers, Macy’s is hiring 80,000 seasonal associates for the 2012 holiday season. 

In addition to offering its current employees more hours, Walmart plans to hire 50,000 seasonal associates. 

In September, Kohl’s department store announced plans to add 52,700 season employees this year, up 10 percent from 2011. 

Toys “R” Us' staff of seasonal employees is up by 5,000 this year.  The toys store will add 45,000 employees at stores and distribution centers for the 2012 holiday season.

But it’s not just the nationwide retailers that are hiring seasonal employees.  Regional retailer Meijer Inc., which has more than 200 stores, has plans to hire 12,000 employees as it prepares for the upcoming holiday season.

According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement consultant firm, seasonal hiring is expected to be up compared with last year but remains below pre-recession levels.

“Recent consumer confidence readings have been relatively weak and unemployment remains stubbornly high.  The mixed picture is likely to compel retail employers to proceed cautiously when it comes to hiring extra workers for the holiday season,” said John A. Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas in a statement.

“Look for many to start at last year’s levels and hire additional workers only if strong sales early in the season warrant it,” he said.

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Toys R Us to Hire 45,000 Workers for Holiday Shopping Season

Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the end of the year approaches, retailers are revving up for the holiday shopping season.  And for some, that means adding on to payrolls to help deal with the influx of customers.

Toys R Us is the latest big chain to announce its plans for 2012.  The number one toy retailer is hiring 45,000 seasonal workers to staff its pop-up stores and make sure all the toys are on the shelves in time to meet demand.

The additional employees marks a 13 percent increase from the number of temporary workers the Wayne, N.J.-based company hired last year.

And there's hope the seasonal jobs could turn into permanent ones for some workers.

“With substantial growth opportunities available, these seasonal jobs have the potential to become full-time positions for high-performing employees,” Toys R Us said in a statement Tuesday.  “Last year, approximately 15 percent of the holiday workforce retained positions with Toys R Us after the season ended.”

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Many Employers Looking to Hire this Summer, Survey Finds

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Looking for a summer job?  Well, there's good news for you.  A new report out Wednesday by says employers in many industries are boosting their hiring plans.

"We found that 29 percent of employers say that they plan to hire temporary positions for the summer, and that is the highest number we've seen since the recession began," says Michael Erwin with CareerBuilder.

"Surprising to us was manufacturing: 45 percent of employers said they're going to bring on summer hires this season," he adds.

And as Erwin explains, some of those seasonal jobs could turn into permanent positions.

"I find that manufacturers are looking to bring on temporary help and turn those into full time help," he says.

Hotels, restaurants and retailers also plan to add workers this summer.

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Obama’s Hiring: Campaign Puts Videographers in Key States

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Obama campaign is preparing to expand its already sizable and costly digital media operation, seeking to hire and deploy several “one-man-band” videographers in key states to help boost grassroots outreach and fundraising.

The positions -- billed as a “producer, cinematographer, and video editor” all in one -- were announced in a job posting circulated Thursday by the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

The extra videographers in the field will help Team Obama tailor its message to local audiences and broaden their reach through targeted video sharing on social media and online.

“We’re going to run the most effective, creative, and innovative digital campaign in the history of politics,” the posting boasts. “And our digital team will be core to achieving the communications, fundraising and organizing goals of the cause.”

The perfect Obama campaign videographer is someone with “extreme adaptability, with an ability to multi-task and pivot on a dime” and has “passion for helping millions of Americans fight alongside President Obama and create change,” the posting says.

Team Obama had 592 staff on a monthly payroll of $2.2 million as of March 31, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Staff salaries made up roughly 15 percent of the entire monthly budget of $15.7 million.

The campaign’s top expenditures have been online advertising and outside digital media consultants, marketers and content producers -- an investment that has blanketed the Web with Obama-Biden banners and targeted web videos. lists 84 videos produced for the 2012 campaign, including several state-specific spots like this one for Wisconsin.

Do the videos make a difference in winning over voters?  Political communications and social media expert Heather LaMarre at the University of Minnesota says they could.

“You can have all kinds of glitz and glamour with fancy videos, but at the end of the day, if people don’t have jobs or $5-a-gallon gas hits, none of it will matter,” she said.

“That said -- all else being equal or, in the event that it’s a 45-45 split between these candidates, they’re fighting over the middle 10 percent -- then they really could make a difference.”

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Private Hiring Slowed in April, ADP Reports

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hiring among United States employers dropped in April with the fewest jobs added in seven months, sending a foreboding signal ahead of the Labor Department’s jobs report on Friday.

Private employers added 119,000 jobs in April on a seasonally adjusted basis, down from the revised 201,000 jobs added in March, said payroll company ADP on Wednesday.

The service sector saw some of the highest gains, with an increase of 123,000 jobs in April—down from 158,000 in March.

Manufacturing employment fell 5,000 jobs in April, the first loss since September. The construction sector’s employment also fell by 5,000 jobs, the first decline in seven months, following “healthy gains during the unusually warm winter months,” ADP reported.

The national unemployment rate is 8.2 percent after 120,000 jobs were added in March, according to the Labor Department in early April. Economists are expecting a consensus of 165,000 jobs added for April in Friday’s report, keeping the unemployment rate unchanged, according to Bloomberg.

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Employee Screening Resumes as Hiring Goes Up

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Finally, some good news on the jobs front.  According to a report from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 40 percent of companies added jobs in the first quarter of 2012, up from 36 percent during the same period last year.  What’s more, 35 percent predicted that in the second quarter of 2012 they will begin hiring, compared with 33 percent from the second quarter of 2011.

While this is certainly a step in the right direction, it’s not going to alleviate job competition any time soon.  That means job seekers are going to have to be that much more careful about how they position themselves and recruiters are going to be even more discerning in their hiring.

More than 500 companies -- including Citigroup, eBay, McDonald’s and QVC -- use SkillSurvey Inc., a provider of online reference checking solutions, to get feedback on potential candidates.  In a nutshell, the technology verifies if the applicant has lied about his or her job experience.

Here’s how it works: Early in the interview process, candidates are asked to contact a minimum of five references for recommendations.  References then receive emails directly from the candidate with a short survey and a signed waiver releasing them and their employers from any liability stemming from their disclosures.

The survey, which includes some 25 behavior-based questions, takes only about 10-15 minutes to complete online.  References rate the candidate’s professionalism, problem solving and adaptability, interpersonal skills and personal values.  Confidential comments can also be added.

“The idea is to collect feedback from a number of people with different perspectives who’ve observed the candidate on the job over time,” said CEO Ray Bixler.  Because of the legal-liability waiver and the fact that the results are aggregated, guaranteeing anonymity, he said, references usually provide very honest insights and candid assessments about an applicant.

Some people tend to fib about their education, their salary and job title, along with the dates of past employment.  To ensure that the applicant isn’t entering five imaginary people as references, SkillSurvey also captures the IP address from which the applicant has sent his emails.

Bixler says it’s important to remember that the areas applicants exaggerate on their resumes might be rated negatively by their references.

“Sales applicants are always great examples of this,” he said.  “You’ll never see on a sales applicant’s resume, ‘I occasionally missed my quota.’  You will almost always see something like, ‘I always hit my targets and frequently won sales awards.’  In our surveys, we ask former managers and colleagues if in fact the applicant consistently met their sales targets.  If the rating is low, this means ‘no, not consistently,’ and thus the embellishment on the resume is seen.”

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Is Your Social Media Content Hurting Your Chances of Getting Hired?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Job seekers know that first impressions count, but many hiring managers who use social media to check out prospective employees say they get their first impression well before the face-to-face interview, and very often, it’s a negative one.

A new survey by reveals 37 percent of companies use social networking sites to check out job seekers.  Out of that total, 34 percent of hiring managers say they have found information that caused them not to hire a candidate.  That content ranges from evidence of inappropriate behavior to information that contradicted the individual's listed qualifications.

Here’s a rundown of the top negative findings, along with the percentage of hiring managers who have come across them:

-- Candidate posted provocative/inappropriate photos/info, 49 percent.
-- There was information about candidate drinking or using drugs, 45 percent.
-- Candidate had poor communication skills, 35 percent.
-- Candidate bad-mouthed previous employer, 33 percent.
-- Candidate made discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion, etc., 28 percent.
-- Candidate lied about qualifications, 22 percent.

On the flip side, 29 percent of hiring managers say they have found something via social media that has caused them to hire a candidate.  They cited content that showed them the following:

-- Good feel for candidate's personality, 58 percent.
-- Conveyed a professional image, 55 percent.
-- Background information supported professional qualifications, 54 percent.
-- Well-rounded, showed a wide range of interests, 51 percent.
-- Great communication skills, 49 percent.
-- Candidate was creative, 44 percent
-- Other people posted great references about the candidate, 34 percent.

The CareerBuilder survey of 2,303 hiring managers and human resource professionals was conducted by Harris Interactive.

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