People with part-time Long Island jobs struggle to find work

December 8th, 2014

Part-time workers with Long Island jobs may be struggling to find full-time work, according to a new survey from Careerbuilder.

The study found that nationwide, 32 percent of part-time workers say they want to work full time, but haven’t been able to land a full-time job.

About 31 percent say they are the sole breadwinner in their household, and 39 percent say they struggle to make ends meet financially. One in four part-time workers who want full-time jobs said they currently work two or more jobs.

When asked why they believe they have struggled to find a full-time job, part-time workers looking for full-time work gave the following responses:
•There aren’t as many jobs available in my field as there were pre-recession: 54 percent
•I don’t have the skills necessary for in-demand jobs: 51 percent
•I haven’t looked for full-time jobs on a regular basis: 31 percent
•I don’t have the education needed: 29 percent

The inability to find full-time work has affected not only workers’ financial situations, but their lifestyles and even their health. When asked to choose from a list of experiences they have had as a result of their struggles, part-time workers who say they want full-time work cited the following:
•Downgraded to save money (e.g. traded in for a cheaper car, canceled cable, moved to a smaller home): 31 percent
•Had to borrow money from family or friends: 29 percent
•Suffered from depression: 23 percent
•Moved back home with parents: 22 percent
•Went into high credit card debt: 17 percent

The majority of these workers (62 percent) say they would be willing to work without pay for an organization for a period of time to prove the value they can bring as a full-time employee.

The cost of empty jobs in Long Island

December 2nd, 2014

A new report from Indeed is shedding lights on the billion dollar drain involved in not filling jobs in Long Island and other locations around the U.S.

The inability of an individual business to find and recruit the right hire for a role impacts the economy in two major ways. Failure to effectively resource a business slows both productivity and profits, relying on existing workers to cover skill shortages by working more hours under increased pressure. From a consumer perspective, the inability to earn an income or spend a salary reduces an individual’s contributions to overall economic growth.

Other key findings from the report

Nearly $160B is the annual potential value of unfilled job opportunities in the U.S.

While total employment has now almost caught up to its pre-recessionary peak with over 2M jobs being created in the first nine months of 2014, labor market participation has fallen to its lowest level in decades. A large number of unfilled, open roles may well cause problems for the economy in the years ahead.

Many businesses have to wait for significant periods of time to find the right person for the job, with 33% of openings in the U.S. remaining open for at least 3 months.

There are a number of industry sectors in which unfilled jobs have greater impact due to the higher levels of contributed economic value, including finance, insurance, and professional services. These industries alone collectively represent over $4B GDP (GDP, a measure of goods and services produced within an economy and the income generated by that economy) in a typical month.

For states and industries which can achieve reductions in the time it takes businesses to fill job vacancies, there are clearly significant economic gains to be made and greater amounts of economic potential can be unlocked by better matching the right people to the right job opportunities.

“Each ‘empty desk’ represents an opportunity both for the individual and the business. For the business, finding and recruiting the right individual means better productivity and profits, while for the individual, earning an income and spending a salary contributes to wide economic growth. In today’s economic environment of lowered unemployment and labor participation, it has never been more important to hire the right fit for each role.”

Orderly jobs in Long Island don’t require a degree

November 28th, 2014

Some orderly jobs in Long Island and elsewhere in the U.S. don’t require a degree. Careerbuilder has just released its hot jobs for 2015 list that features jobs that require a college degree and those that don’t.

Truck driver, merchandise displayer, orderly, sales rep, purchasing manager, telemarketer, and demonstrator are among the top jobs that don’t require a degree.

The list features occupations for which the number of jobs companies post each month significantly outpaces the number of people they’re actually able to hire – showing where companies are hungry for talent and how much the positions pay.

The analysis uses EMSI’s extensive labor market database, which pulls from over 90 national and state employment resources. CareerBuilder and EMSI looked at the average number of people hired per month in more than 700 occupations from January 2013 to August 2014 and compared that to the number of job postings for each occupation aggregated from online job sites for the same period.

“Job creation is gaining ground and job seekers are gaining leverage,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. “For nearly 70 occupations in the U.S., the rate at which workers are being hired isn’t keeping up with the frequency and volume of open positions being advertised. By drawing attention to talent deficits, our list underscores opportunities in everything from technology and health care to sales and transportation for job seekers looking to make a change.”

Warehouse jobs in Long Island tick up

November 9th, 2014

The latest employment stats are in, and warehouse jobs in Long Island are growing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employment also continued to trend up in transportation and warehousing (+13,000) and construction (+12,000).

Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, wholesale trade, information, financial activities, and government, showed little change over the month.

Overall, employment in retail trade rose by 27,000 in October. Within the industry, employment grew in general merchandise stores (+12,000) and automobile dealers (+4,000). Retail trade has added 249,000 jobs over the past year.

Health care added 25,000 jobs in October, about in line with the prior 12-month average gain of 21,000 jobs per month. In October, employment rose in ambulatory health care services (+19,000).

Employment in professional and business services continued to trend up over the month (+37,000). Over the prior 12 months, job gains averaged 56,000 per month. In October, employment continued to trend up in temporary help services (+15,000) and in computer systems design and related services (+7,000).

In October, manufacturing employment continued on an upward trend (+15,000). Within the industry, job gains occurred in machinery (+5,000), furniture and related products (+4,000), and semiconductors and electronic components (+2,000).

Over the year, manufacturing has added 170,000 jobs, largely in durable goods.

Employment rose by 214,000 in October, and the unemployment rate edged down to 5.8 percent

People call in sick for Long Island jobs

November 5th, 2014

Why are people calling in sick for Long Island jobs? The folks at Careerbuilder just came up with a survey of the most unbelievable reasons for calling in sick.

Over the past year, 28 percent of employees have called in to work sick when they were feeling well, down from 32 percent last year.

When asked for a reason, 30 percent said they just didn’t feel like going in to work and 29 percent said they wanted the day to relax.

Another 21 percent took the day off to attend a doctor’s appointment and 19 percent wanted to catch up on sleep. Meanwhile, bad weather was enough for 11 percent of employees to take the day off.

While half (49 percent) of employees say they have a Paid Time Off program that allows them to use their time off however they choose, 23 percent of those workers say they still feel obligated to make up an excuse for taking a day off.

When asked to share the most dubious excuses employees have given for calling in sick, employers reported hearing the following real-life examples:

Employee just put a casserole in the oven.
Employee’s plastic surgery for enhancement purposes needed some “tweaking” to get it just right.
Employee was sitting in the bathroom and her feet and legs fell asleep. When she stood, up she fell and broke her ankle.
Employee had been at the casino all weekend and still had money left to play with on Monday morning.
Employee woke up in a good mood and didn’t want to ruin it.
Employee had a “lucky night” and didn’t know where he was.
Employee got stuck in the blood pressure machine at the grocery store and couldn’t get out.
Employee had a gall stone they wanted to heal holistically.
Employee caught their uniform on fire by putting it in the microwave to dry.
Employee accidentally got on a plane.

FedEx hires for Long Island warehouse jobs

October 26th, 2014

FedEx is busy hiring for the holidays and will possibly be recruiting for Long Island warehouse jobs.

FedEx is forecasting a record holiday.

has taken several measures to prepare for the busy peak season.

The company has continued its strategic investment in network growth and capacity.
In the past five years, the FedEx Ground investment for capacity projects has been close to $2.5 billion—nearly 90 percent of the FedEx Ground total capital expenditure in that five years.
In the same time period, FedEx Ground has completed nearly 250 major capacity projects—including new facilities, relocations and major expansions.
In FY15, the company plans to invest another $1.2 billion in FedEx Ground, most of which is for capacity and automation, including more than 70 major expansion projects.
Network enhancements have accelerated FedEx Ground delivery by one day or more in more than two-thirds of the United States. FedEx Ground is 27.3 percent faster than the competition. Eighty-three percent of packages are delivered in three business days or less.
For more than five years, the FedEx Ground segment has planned and executed a seven-day Peak season operation, including Black Friday, and plans to do so again in 2014.
In 2013, the seven-day operation enabled FedEx Ground to smooth out volume spikes, work volume ahead of schedule and quickly catch up where there was a weather disruption, leading to record service.
FedEx Express continues to modernize its global fleet of aircraft for enhanced reliability.
The new freighters, including 757, 767 and 777 aircraft, are operationally more efficient, use less fuel and have lower emissions.
FedEx Express also has introduced a new technology reporting system to its network called “RADAR”, which enhances delivery operations planning each day for improved service and efficiency.
FedEx maintains close collaboration year-round with customers around the world to understand their specific needs and forecast for anticipated volumes during the holiday season.
The company is adding more than 50,000 seasonal positions across its operating companies. This includes package handlers, helpers, drivers and other support positions. Based on growth expectations and network expansion, the majority of those seasonal workers will have the opportunity to continue working with FedEx after the holiday season.
FedEx is using enhanced visibility technology to help customers plan for package deliveries and pickups.
At many FedEx Ground facilities, high-speed, six-sided camera tunnels with real-time package tracking updates scan every side of a package, enhancing the readability of a shipping label, enabling sortation from the bar code, and providing visibility to a package’s location at all times.
That tracking technology, coupled with network-wide improvements, will offer customers increased visibility this season, including clarification as to exactly when a package is available for pickup at FedEx locations (for customers using the Hold at Location service) and increased visibility into a package’s journey, from the time FedEx takes possession of the package to its estimated delivery date.

UPS recruits for Long Island driver jobs

October 26th, 2014

UPS is busy for the holiday season recruiting for Long Island driver jobs, among other positions and locations.

The company expects to hire between 90,000 – 95,000 seasonal employees to support the anticipated holiday surge in package deliveries that will begin in October and continue through January 2015.

The seasonal positions as package sorters, loaders, delivery helpers and drivers have long been an entry point for permanent employment, training and career opportunity after the company re-assesses its needs following the holiday period.

UPS is ready to provide customers a smooth 2014 holiday experience and has implemented the following actions since the 2013 peak shipping season:

Using industry-wide delivery volume forecasts and working closely with high impact leading customers, UPS has made improvements to network utilization and schedule planning.

Daily processing capacity will increase with the opening of new and expanded buildings, plus installation of temporary mobile sorting and delivery centers. UPS is adding thousands of new or leased delivery vehicles, trailers, aircraft and portable loading aids to flex capacity in the UPS network.

“We have initial volume forecasts from our customers and are starting the hiring process for our temporary peak season jobs,” said John McDevitt, UPS senior vice president of human resources and labor relations. “We have needs throughout the United States and anticipate more applicants this year than in 2013. Individuals who begin employment at UPS during the holiday season have the opportunity to pursue a permanent position afterwards. Seasonal positions provide an exc

Long Island retail jobs climb

October 6th, 2014

The latest labor statistics point to good news – Long Island retail jobs are growing.

Employment in retail trade rose by 35,000 in September. Food and beverage stores added 20,000 jobs, largely reflecting the return of workers who had been off payrolls in August due to employment disruptions at a grocery store chain in New England. Employment in retail trade has increased by 264,000 over the past 12 months.

In September, the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 5.9 percent. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 329,000 to 9.3 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 1.3 percentage points and 1.9 million, respectively.

Among the major worker groups, unemployment rates declined in September for adult men (5.3 percent), whites (5.1 percent), and Hispanics (6.9 percent). The rates for adult women (5.5 percent), teenagers (20.0 percent), and blacks (11.0 percent) showed little change over the month.

Employment in information increased by 12,000 in September, with a gain of 5,000 in telecommunications. Over the year, employment in information has shown little net change.

Mining employment rose by 9,000 in September, with the majority of the increase occurring in support activities for mining (+7,000). Over the year, mining has added 50,000 jobs.

Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in September (+20,000) and is up by 290,000 over the year.

In September, construction employment continued on an upward trend (+16,000). Within the industry, employment in residential building increased by 6,000. Over the year, construction has added 230,000 jobs.

Retailer prepares for more Long Island sales jobs

October 1st, 2014

Retail giant Walmart is hiring for the holiday season and hopes to add more Long Island sales jobs.

The holidays are a special time but it can also be a very busy time for many families. This year, Walmart is pulling out all the stops to make shopping even easier and more convenient for our customers across the country,” said Gisel Ruiz, Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S.

“We know this is the busiest time of year for our stores and we are going to make sure we are delivering for our associates and customers. First, current associates who are interested in working additional hours this season will have priority access in their store.

Walmart plans to hire 60,000 seasonal associates, nearly 10 percent more than they hired last year.

“We are committed to making sure our customers can find the products they want for Christmas at low prices and can get through the checkout lanes quickly. To accomplish this we will have more registers than ever open during peak shopping hours between Black Friday and Christmas.

“We appreciate the work our associates do all year long to take care of our customers. We are excited about the holidays and Walmart is ready help families have a memorable and affordable Christmas.”

Workers with Long Island jobs face bullying

September 25th, 2014

Bullying is a serious problem in the workplace that affects all races and walks of life, and now a recent survey from Careerbuilder is showing how workers with Long Island jobs are dealing with the issue.

Twenty-eight percent of workers reported they have felt bullied at work – nearly one in five (19 percent) of these workers left their jobs because of it.

Minorities continue to face challenges in being treated fairly and equally in the workplace, according to the study. Forty-four percent of physically disabled workers have felt bullied at the office. Thirty percent of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) workers shared this sentiment.

Comparing genders, female workers were significantly more likely to experience bullying at work (34 percent) than their male counterparts (22 percent).

Comparing racial segments, minorities were not the only ones to experience strong-arming at the hands of co-workers or the boss. Twenty-seven percent of African American workers and 25 percent of Hispanic workers said they have been bullied at work compared to 24 percent of Caucasian males.

Of those who reported being bullied at some point in their careers, the percentages that said that they are currently being bullied break down as follows:

Job Level

Management (manager, director, team leader, vice president and above) – 27 percent
Professional and technical – 21 percent
Entry-level/administrative and clerical– 26 percent

Highest Level of Education Attained

High school graduate – 28 percent
Associate’s degree – 21 percent
Bachelor’s degree or higher – 23 percent

Compensation Level

Earning less than $50,000 – 28 percent
Earning $50,000 or more – 19 percent