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

High schooleres look for engineering jobs in Long Island

September 5th, 2014

A new survey points out that high schoolers are busy searching for their dream jobs and preparing for engineering jobs in Long Island.

A survey from Careerbuilder shows that high school seniors may be taking a more active role in providing a solution to the skills gap. Nearly three in four high school seniors know what career they want to pursue, and STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering and math) top their choices.

According to the survey, 37 percent of hiring managers reported that they currently have positions that, on average, stay open for 12 weeks or longer, up from 35 percent last year. Comparing industries, Information Technology (52 percent), Health Care2 (49 percent) and Manufacturing (44 percent) all came in significantly higher than the national average.

For example, employment in industries such as Manufacturing had been on a downward trajectory for a number of years due to automation and sending jobs overseas.

Now, more Manufacturing jobs are coming back to the U.S., but the talent pool has shrunk over time due to workers moving into other fields and students avoiding related majors because jobs were being offshored.

From 2010 to 2014, there were an estimated 23,861 annual job openings for Machinists, but the number of college degrees awarded for this field was only 6,184 in 2013. Moreover, 25 percent of Machinists are ages 55 and older and approaching retirement, hastening the need to find replacement workers.
The Harris Poll survey shows the majority (97 percent) of high school seniors plan to go to college to obtain a two-year or four-year degree or other training that may ultimately help to close the talent gap. The most popular majors these students plan to sign up for are largely STEM-related:

Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Physical Sciences
Arts, Visual and Performing
Computer and Information Sciences
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
English Language and Literature
Math and Statistics

Manufacturing jobs in Long Island added

August 26th, 2014

The number of manufacturing jobs in Long Island may have climbed, according to the most recent ADP employment report.

Overall, private sector employment increased by 218,000 jobs from June to July according to the report.

Goods-producing employment rose by 16,000 jobs in July, down from 43,000 jobs gained in June. The construction industry added 12,000 jobs over the month, less than half last month’s gain. Meanwhile, manufacturing added 3,000 jobs in July, less than one-third the number of jobs added in June.

Service-providing employment rose by 202,000 jobs in July, down from 238,000 in June. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/ business services contributed 61,000 jobs in July, down from 79,000 in June. Expansion in trade/transportation/utilities grew by 52,000, down slightly from June’s 56,000. The 9,000 new jobs added in financial activities was down 25% from last month’s number.

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “The July employment gain was softer than June, but remains consistent with a steadily improving job market. At the current pace of job growth unemployment will quickly decline. Layoffs are still receding and hiring and job openings are picking up. If current trends continue, the economy will return to full employment by late 2016.”

Payroll growth for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased by 84,000 jobs in July. That’s down from 126,000 in June. Job growth was also down over the month for medium-sized and large firms. Employment among medium-sized companies with 50-499 employees rose by 92,000, down from 112,000 in June. Employment at large companies – those with 500 or more employees – increased by 41,000, down slightly from the previous month. Companies with 500-999 employees added 14,000, on par with June’s 15,000.

Those with Long Island jobs giving false info?

August 21st, 2014

Are some of those with Long Island jobs filling their resume with false info? A recent survey from Careerbuilder shows that some people might be.

The Careerbuilder survey shows that fifty-eight percent of hiring managers said they’ve caught a lie on a resume; one-third (33 percent) of these employers have seen an increase in resume embellishments post-recession.

Half of employers (51 percent) said that they would automatically dismiss a candidate if they caught a lie on his/her resume, while 40 percent said that it would depend on what the candidate lied about. Seven percent said they’d be willing to overlook a lie if they liked the candidate.

According to employers, the most common lies they catch on resumes relate to:

Embellished skill set – 57 percent
Embellished responsibilities – 55 percent
Dates of employment – 42 percent
Job title – 34 percent
Academic degree – 33 percent
Companies worked for – 26 percent
Accolades/awards – 18 percent

When asked about the most unusual lie they’ve ever caught on a resume, employers recalled:

Applicant included job experience that was actually his father’s. Both father and son had the same name (one was Sr., one was Jr.).
Applicant claimed to be the assistant to the prime minister of a foreign country that doesn’t have a prime minister.
Applicant claimed to have been a high school basketball free throw champion. He admitted it was a lie in the interview.
Applicant claimed to have been an Olympic medalist.
Applicant claimed to have been a construction supervisor. The interviewer learned the bulk of his experience was in the completion of a doghouse some years prior.
Applicant claimed to have 25 years of experience at age 32.
Applicant claimed to have worked for 20 years as the babysitter of known celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Madonna, etc.
Applicant listed three jobs over the past several years. Upon contacting the employers, the interviewer learned that the applicant had worked at one for two days, another for one day, and not at all for the third.
Applicant applied to a position with a company who had just terminated him. He listed the company under previous employment and indicated on his resume that he had quit.
Applicant applied twice for the same position and provided different work history on each application.

While employers have caught lies on resumes submitted for jobs of all types, levels and industries, some report a higher rate of fibbing than others. The survey found that employers in the following industries catch resume lies more frequently than average:

Financial Services – 73 percent
Leisure and Hospitality – 71 percent
Information Technology – 63 percent
Health Care (More than 50 employees) – 63 percent
Retail – 59 percent