Restaurant to create more hospitality jobs in Long Island

June 26th, 2015

A restaurant chain is expanding and will possibly create more hospitality jobs in Long Island.

Arooga has created its fourth multi-unit franchise agreement and its sixth state.

The Grille House and Sports Bar has an agreement with JGJO Development Co. LLC to open a minimum of 10 locations in Long Island (Nassau/Suffolk Counties) & Queens areas of New York.

Arooga’s currently has nine – soon to be 10 corporate locations in Central Pennsylvania, and it opened its first franchise location in Uncasville, Connecticut adjacent to the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in March as part of a 15 location multi-unit agreement with the Mohegan Holding company. In May, the brand announced a multi-unit franchise agreement with Jersey Wings Unlimited Inc. to open a minimum of six locations in the Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean County areas of New Jersey.

This is a great time to be an Arooga’s franchise partner and we are thrilled to work with the tremendous team at JGJO to bring this brand to the Long Island area,” said Keith Swade, Director of Franchise Development for Arooga’s. “We have aligned with great partners and will have more exciting news regarding new markets in the very near future.”

The JGJO agreement, under the direction of Joseph A. Alagna, Jr. and Stephan A. Stein, gives the Arooga’s brand a total of 44 units, 10 corporate and 34 franchise locations, either built or under contract. Mr. Alagna and Mr. Stein are the principals of Joseph Gunnar & Co., the Wall Street brokerage and investment banking firm, and the general partners of Buttonwood, a private equity venture capital fund.

Alagna, Chairman and CEO of the new franchisee, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Arooga’s and are anxious to bring the exciting Arooga’s experience to the Long Island, New York marketplace. We spent more than two years researching dozens of casual dining platforms and are convinced that Arooga’s does it best.”

Grants like these create Long Island jobs

June 7th, 2015

Though it may have occurred years ago, it is clear that certain grants can help boost Long Island jobs.

United Way of Long Island (UWLI) in 2010 received a $3 million grant from the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR).

The funds target special needs and affordable housing projects including multi-unit dwellings in Nassau and Suffolk County, New York. United Way is slated to weatherize 420 dwelling units on Long Island in the next 18 months between January 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011.

The initiative will include weatherizing non-profit agency owned and operated residences, with contract work to be completed by United Way’s Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified weatherization program.

This will be possible through the collaborative efforts of United Way’s YouthBuild Green Collar trainees, participants from United Way’s Green Job Corp Training program and skilled and accredited Long Island based weatherization contractors.

YouthBuild is an educational and vocational training program that prepares young adults 18 – 24 years of age for a career in the green building and home weatherization industry, as well as renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.

The Green Job Corp program is a 4 – 6 week industry specific training that prepares participants for direct entry into Long Island’s emerging green industry.

The weatherization contractors partnering with United Way in this initiative will provide the trainees with job shadowing, on-site training, and ultimately permanent job opportunities.

United Way and Suffolk Community College are developing a program to offer educational succession for those graduates wishing to take credit and non-credit offerings at the College for building science, advanced weatherization, thermography, renewable energy technologies, HERS rater, and BPI certifications.

Job seekers looking for Long Island jobs need an online presence?

June 2nd, 2015

Job seekers who want to find Long Island jobs most likely need to have an online presence if they want to get the job, according to a new survey from Careerbuilder.

More than one third of employers (35 percent) say they are less likely to interview job candidates if they are unable to find information about that person online, according to CareerBuilder’s annual social media recruitment survey.

Fifty-two percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, up significantly from 43 percent last year and 39 percent in 2013.

Hiring managers in information technology and financial services are the most likely to use social networks to screen candidates; retail had the lowest share.
•Information Technology: 76 percent
•Financial Services: 64 percent
•Sales: 61 percent
•Professional & Business Services: 54 percent
•Manufacturing: 49 percent
•Health Care: 49 percent
•Retail: 46 percent

Forty-eight percent of hiring managers who screen candidates via social networks said they’ve found information that caused them not to hire a candidate – down slightly from 51 percent last year. The following are the top pieces of content that turned off employers:
•Provocative or inappropriate photographs – 46 percent
•Information about candidate drinking or using drugs – 40 percent
•Candidate bad-mouthed previous company or fellow employee – 34 percent
•Poor communication skills – 30 percent
•Discriminatory comments related to race, religion, gender, etc. – 29 percent

What are employers offering for Long Island summer jobs?

May 25th, 2015

Employers may be offering big bucks for Long Island summer jobs, according to a recent survey from Careerbuilder.

Fifty-three percent of employers offering summer jobs have roles that pay $15 or more per hour on average. Seventy-two percent of employers will pay their summer hires $10 or more per hour on average – up from 64 percent in 2014.

More than a third of private-sector employers (36 percent) are hiring seasonal workers this summer, up from 30 percent last year and an average of 21 percent from 2008-2011.

IT firms and financial services employers are among the first in line for summer workers; leisure and hospitality employers, however, lead all industries.

Employers hiring seasonal workers

Leisure & Hospitality: 50 percent
Financial Services: 48 percent
Information Technology: 46 percent
Retail: 42 percent
Manufacturing: 39 percent
Transportation: 37 percent
Health Care: 26 percent

Companies are hiring for a variety of professional and support positions, including: customer service (25 percent), office support (23 percent), engineering (17 percent) and sales (17 percent).

Funds available for those looking for Long Island jobs

May 8th, 2015

For laid off workers seeking Long Island jobs, some funds may be available.

To help workers find new jobs, the U.S. Department of Labor is making $150 million available through the new Sector Partnerships National Emergency Grant program to help states develop innovative employment and training services that focus on enhanced regional and industry-specific collaborations.

The effort is designed to support proven strategies to help people rejoin the job market and add fuel to the economy.

Sector partnerships are employer-driven partnerships of industry, education and training, and other stakeholders that focus on the workforce needs of key industries in a regional labor market.

This initiative will encourage the development of training strategies based on these partnerships to better address regional workforce needs.

The funding will be used to help states offer new services such as regional sector planning, enhanced career services to dislocated workers, and work-based training opportunities.

Grantees will also develop strong partnerships between workforce and industry organizations and align services with other federal, state or local programs, such as Unemployment Insurance, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Wagner-Peyser Employment Service, and Trade Adjustment Assistance programs. Funds will also be used to provide services such as:

Comprehensive skills assessments, intensive coaching, relocation assistance, and other short-term, specialized services culminating in direct job placement;
Short-term training and work-based learning opportunities such as OJT leading to employment; and
Accelerated skills training, with a focus on work-based training that leads to industry-recognized credentials and employment such as registered apprenticeship.

Employers looking to fill Long Island nursing jobs

May 4th, 2015

A WANTED Technologies survey finds that employers may be looking to fill Long Island nursing jobs, among other locations.

The results of a recent staffing firm survey shows that nursing and IT jobs are those most likely to require the support of third-party recruiting agencies to be filled.

By analyzing jobs posted online specifically by staffing firms and the increase or decrease in market demand, WANTED is able to determine the occupations that employers are most likely to bring on an external staffing specialist to fill. This research can be used by both corporate recruiters and staffing firms to create actionable talent sourcing strategies.

Employers may be able to reduce the time-to-fill and cost-per-hire by enlisting a third party agency that specializes in these areas and has the industry-specific resources to connect with qualified candidates.

All of the jobs identified as high volume for staffing agencies experienced general year-over-year growth in employment.

The top occupations that employers are likely to hire a staffing firm are registered nurses, application software developers, and web developers. Staffing agencies recruited for 25% more registered nurses in 2014 than in prior years.

The growth in healthcare can be attributed to healthcare legislature in the US and increased availability of medical care. IT positions accounted for 70% of occupations on this list. IT hiring will continue to grow as companies realize the potential that software has to increase productivity and customer sales.

Not all Long Island non-desk jobs require a degree

April 19th, 2015

There are some high paying Long Island non-desk jobs that don’t require a four-year degree, according to a survey from Careerbuilder.

Ninety percent of the twenty highest paying non-desk jobs are in health care and most require a doctoral or professional degree, according to the analysis. Many of the fast-growing non-desk jobs, however, do not require a four-year degree or higher, and several offer workers a direct path to the middle class in a variety of industries.

In all, there are 170 non-desk occupations that pay $15 per hour or more on average, do not require a four-year degree for a typical entry-level position, and have seen six percent job growth from 2010-2014.

Dental Hygienists
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Occupational Therapy Assistants
Elevator Installers and Repairers
Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
Signal and Track Switch Repairers

For this study, non-desk jobs are defined as any occupation where the majority of the average worker’s time spent on the job would be away from a desk. Many occupations have core responsibilities split between a desk/office and non-stationary or field work – e.g. engineering occupations, power plant technicians/operators, real estate brokers, etc.

Retail jobs in Long Island grow

April 7th, 2015

The number of retail jobs in Long Island have possibly grown, according to the latest employment press release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In March, employment in retail trade continued to trend up (+26,000), in line with its prior 12-month average gain. Within retail trade, general merchandise stores added 11,000 jobs in March.

Employment in mining declined by 11,000 in March. The industry has lost 30,000 jobs thus far in 2015, after adding 41,000 jobs in 2014. The employment declines in the first quarter of 2015, as well as the gains in 2014, were concentrated in support activities for mining, which includes support for oil and gas extraction.

Employment in food services and drinking places changed little in March (+9,000), following a large increase in the prior month (+66,000). Job growth in the first quarter of 2015 averaged 33,000 per month, the same as the average monthly gain in 2014.

Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government, showed little change over the month.

Employment in professional and business services trended up in March (+40,000). Job growth in the first quarter of 2015 averaged 34,000 per month in this industry, below
the average monthly gain of 59,000 in 2014. Within professional and business services, employment continued to trend up in architectural and engineering services (+4,000), computer systems design and related services (+4,000), and management and technical consulting services (+4,000).

Health care continued to add jobs in March (+22,000). Over the year, health care has added 363,000 jobs. In March, job gains occurred in ambulatory health care services (+19,000) and hospitals (+8,000), while nursing care facilities lost jobs (-6,000).

Food service jobs in Long Island burgeon

March 30th, 2015

Food service jobs in Long Island may be growing, according to the latest release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In February, food services and drinking places added 59,000 jobs. The industry had added an average of 35,000 jobs per month over the prior 12 months.

Employment in professional and business services increased by 51,000 in February and has risen by 660,000 over the year. In February, employment continued to trend up in management and technical consulting services (+7,000), computer systems design and related services (+5,000), and architectural and engineering services (+5,000).

Construction added 29,000 jobs in February. Employment in specialty trade contractors rose by 27,000, mostly in the residential component. Over the past 12 months, construction has added 321,000 jobs.

In February, employment in health care rose by 24,000, with gains in ambulatory care services (+20,000) and hospitals (+9,000). Health care had added an average of 29,000 jobs per month over the prior 12 months.

Transportation and warehousing added 19,000 jobs in February, with most of the gain occurring in couriers and messengers (+12,000). Employment in transportation and warehousing grew by an average of 14,000 per month over the prior 12 months.

Employment in retail trade continued to trend up in February (+32,000) and has grown by 319,000 over the year.

Manufacturing employment continued to trend up in February (+8,000). Within the industry, petroleum and coal products lost 6,000 jobs, largely due to a strike.

Employment in mining decreased by 9,000 in February, with most of the decline in support activities for mining (-7,000).

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

What do people with CEO jobs in Long Island have in common?

March 24th, 2015

People who have CEO jobs in Long Island have some characteristics in common, according to a recent survey from Careerbuilder.

Only 1 in 5 executives (20 percent) consider a business suit typical office attire. Most executives (57 percent) outfit themselves in business casual clothing, while 18 percent regularly wear jeans or shorts to work.

Black is the clothing color of choice for 32 percent of executives, making it the most popular choice for this group. Navy blue is the second most popular color worn by executives (31 percent), followed by grey (10 percent).

Most executives (79 percent) take themselves to work in an automobile, with 1 in 4 (24 percent) driving an SUV, 1 in 5 (22 percent) opting for a mid-sized sedan, and 1 in 10 (10 percent) cruising around in luxury sedan.

More than 3 in 5 of executives (62 percent) abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages at company happy hours. Instead, they opt for soda (23 percent), water (19 percent), coffee (13 percent) or nothing at all (7 percent). Thirteen percent of executives kick back with a beer, and the same number (13 percent) opt for wine, while 8 percent opt for mixed drinks.

Right-handers outnumber left-handers by nearly 7 to 1 (80 percent versus 13 percent); however, 8 percent of executives claim to be ambidextrous.

When it comes to parting their hair, 3 in 10 executives (29 percent) favor the right side, 19 percent go down the middle, and 15 percent part on the left. One in four (25 percent) don’t part their hair at all, while 11 percent sport a shaved or bald head.

When asked how many hours they work in a typical week, 40 was the minimum for most head honchos. Fifty-eight percent of executives say they work 40 to 49 hours a week, and 32 percent work 50 hours or more. Only a lucky few (9 percent) say they work less than 40 hours a week.