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Monday, September 13, 2021

Here's Who is Hiring for the Holidays So Far This Year

Here's Who is Hiring for the Holidays So Far This Year



Originally published By Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN Business - September 13, 2021

Employers are gearing up for the annual holiday shopping rush and once again looking to add seasonal workers to bolster their store, warehouse and logistics ranks.

Their announcements come as big chains are expecting strong holiday demand from shoppers, despite risks that the Delta variant may pose to consumer spending. Consulting firm KPMG predicts holiday sales for US retailers will grow 7% from last year, based on an August survey of 114 retail executives.

Like last year, many of the jobs advertised so far are related to online delivery of goods, such as mail carriers and warehouse workers. What's new for this year is enhanced recruiting tactics, which range from sign-on bonuses to job offers within half an hour of submitting an application.

Even though employers are posting jobs, there is no guarantee they'll be able to fill them. US businesses are facing trouble hiring staff right now, and there were a record 10.9 million job openings in July, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Here are a few major employers who have said they're hiring holiday workers so far.

UPS

UPS (UPS) is hiring 100,000 part and full-time seasonal workers to meet holiday delivery demand, the same number the company brought on last year.
The roles are mainly for package handlers, drivers, and driver helpers, which assist drivers on delivery routes.

"This is the tightest hiring market we've ever seen," said UPS spokesperson Dan McMackin. UPS is adjusting by raising hourly pay in some markets, with roles starting at $15 an hour, and offering sign-on bonuses to hire seasonal employees.

The company is also speeding up application times for holiday hires. In the past, job candidates had to wait up to two weeks to receive an offer. This year, UPS is pledging offers for many roles within 30 minutes.

United States Postal Service

The US Postal Service is bringing on more than 40,000 workers to handle mail and package deliveries during what is typically the agency's busiest season.

The Postal Service is looking for mail carriers, mail handlers and drivers in cities and rural areas. It is holding around 60 job fairs around the country where candidates can apply, more events than the agency usually holds.

The Postal Service typically adds seasonal staff, although the number varies by year, agency spokesperson David Partenheimer said in an email.

Kohl's

Kohl's (KSS) wants to add 90,000 seasonal workers to stores and warehouses to meet customer demand, a similar figure to last year.

New for this year: Kohl's workers will be eligible to receive a bonus ranging from $100 to $400 for working through the holiday stretch.

Kohl's is also hiring seasonal employees for the first time at a new e-commerce fulfillment center in Etna, Ohio, and beauty advisors for Sephora mini-shops at 200 Kohl's stores.

Michaels

Arts and crafts chain Michaels is adding more than 20,000 workers in stores and distribution centers, up around 25% from last year.

Michaels said in an announcement last month that it offers competitive wages, flexible hours and a 30% discount to seasonal workers. Last year, Michaels hired more than half of seasonal in-store workers into permanent roles.

The arts and crafts industry has grown during the pandemic with people spending more time at home. Michaels sales at stores open for at least one year increased 4.8% in 2020 from a year earlier.

1-800-Flowers.com

1-800-Flowers.com (FLWS) plans to hire more than 10,000 seasonal workers, a similar figure to last year.

The floral delivery retailer will bring on 10,000 employees to deliver food and gifts to customers from its brands, including Harry & David and Cheryl's Cookies.

It's looking to fill full-time and part-time positions in "key high-volume areas" such as gift assembly. The majority of roles are in Illinois, Ohio and Oregon.

The company is offering bonuses and increased pay for returning hires, said Steve Lightman, the company's group president of gourmet foods and gift baskets, in an email.

These moves are "on par with last year," Lightman said, and the company is exploring other incentives such as product giveaways and raffles to attract workers.

Ollie's Bargain Outlet

Discount chain Ollie's Bargain Outlet (OLLI) wants to add more than 3,000 workers for the holidays.

This figure is up slightly from last year due to new store growth, an Ollie's spokesperson said in an email. Ollie's has opened more than 40 stores in the past year.

Ollie's is hiring for store and warehouse positions.

The retailer is not offering any new incentives to attract workers this year, the spokesperson said, but has started holding in-person hiring events for the first time to reach a broader pool of applicants.


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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Can I Become a Nurse with a Criminal Conviction?

Can I Become a Nurse with a Criminal Conviction?



Hello,

My name is Denise. I am a 28-year-old female and have two felony convictions from over three years ago, both drug-related. I have been in recovery for over three years, have completed a technical diploma for human services, and am currently a youth counselor/ case manager at a local shelter home. My hopes have been to become a nurse. However, I have no idea if this is possible and neither does anyone else.

I know the laws vary from state-to-state, but I have never been able to get a direct answer on any state laws regarding this. I have done a great job of turning my life around, gaining connections, and utilizing the opportunities I've been presented with, so there is no doubt that if the law allows it I can obtain my license and find a job, regardless of my background. However, I don't want to waste my time and money if the state laws bar me from obtaining my license. 

What should I do? Thanks :)


Can I Become a Nurse with a Criminal Conviction?



Hello Denise,

I often get this question.  I suggest you contact the medical licensing board in your state to see if you were eligible to be licensed.  Also, if the school you are thinking of attending has a placement office, I'm sure they could get that information for you.

I hope this helps.



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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Ex-offender with misdemeanors need job search advice

Ex-offender with misdemeanors need job search advice

Ex-offender with misdemeanors need job search advice



 
Hello Mr. Mayo,

I was reading your blogspot about who women who was having difficulties finding employment because of felonies on her record in North Carolina . I do not have any felonies, but I occurred 2 misdemeanors in one night. Disorderly Conduct, and Resisting Arrest. I am talking with lawyers and hopefully these charges will be removed. The frustrating thing is I was fired today from my job because the charges are "pending". The reason I sent this email is to ask you are there any jobs that will hire me with misdemeanors on my record until I go to court Oct. 5. This was really a blow to my self esteem, and if you know anywhere I could seek employment in Raleigh, NC I would greatly appreciate it. Have a great day.

Respectfully,

Erik

 Ex-offender with misdemeanors need job search advice



Hello Erik,

Ex-offender with misdemeanors need job search advice
Not to minimize your troubles but your charges could be considered minor. Not many employers would hold those against you. You may just have to find the right situation. The suggestion I offer to many ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs is the local One-stop Career Center. There are many services as well as counselors that can help ex-offenders and felons get jobs. Often the counselors are experienced at assisting those with criminal backgrounds. The counselors also have access to the bank of open positions in your state.

The One-stop Career Center in Raleigh is here:

http://www.servicelocator.org/Search/detail-info.asp?Category=CenterInformation&ParentID=31209045&state=NC


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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Felon wants job as a Teacher

Felon wants job as a Teacher




Hello,

I was wondering if you know whether or not a felon can become a high school teacher in Illinois or Oregon? My husband was convicted of residential burglary when he was 17 (as an adult) but has not been in any trouble since.  He is now 31.

Thank you for your time.




Felon wants job as a Teacher


Felon wants job as a TeacherToo many ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs make the assumption that they cannot get jobs because of their records.  I suggest that he contact the local school board to find out for sure if his conviction would keep him from being certified and hired as a teacher.  If it indeed does, there are other options for and felons wanting careers as teachers.

Community colleges, adult learning annexes, charter schools and private schools are great places to start. They usually have fewer regulatory restrictions than public school systems.  There is also a growing trend toward career schools that are always looking for trained instructors.  Don't assume that because you have a criminal record, you cannot become a teacher.


I hope this helps.

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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Felon wants job as a mechanic

Felon wants job as a mechanic

 


I am a 25-year old graduate student and I am currently engaged to a good man who helps me take care of my daughter. However, times are really hard for us right now, as my fiance is 31-years old and has been out of work for 2 years. In 2007, he please guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery or carjacking (which is how it is listed on his record). This actual even happened in 2003. Since then, he secured one job in 2007, and lost it in 2009 when the store went out of business. In addition, he went to Lincoln Tech Institute and obtained a certificate for Diesel Technology and Technician. Next, he went and got his forklift license.


He has submitted over 200 hundred applications in the past year and he has still not gotten a job. He even walks into companies wearing a suit and tie just to fill out applications, hoping that this will help increase his chances at securing a job. Every time it seems his chances are looking good in the interviews, he either tells about his conviction, or the companies conduct a background check, and he does not get a call back after that. We have been to the One Stop Career Center seeking help, and the most they gave him was a list of employers who have hired ex-felons in the PAST. We have been to church organizations and have contacted Trenton, and still he has not received any help.


He would like to drive trucks, fix on them, or get a forklift job, but we just don't know what to do anymore. I'm trying not to give up on this man, but it's becoming so overwhelming. Please help us!

Karen


 

Felon wants job as a mechanic



Hello Karen,

Felon wants job as a mechanicFirstly, your fiance may have to get a Commercial Drivers License if he wants to drive trucks. If he attended Lincoln Tech, there are placement services there that assist graduates. If that doesn't work, I suggest grabbing the yellow pages and making a list of all the garages in your area that service diesel engines. He can call each one to inquire about open positions. Because he has training but not much experience, he may have to start as a mechanic's helper. A third option would me to contact trucking companies in your area to see if they service their own trucks. He could apply as a mechanic's helper at those places. Usually smaller independent companies will offer a better chance to ex-offenders and felons.

Ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs must understand that they may not get what they want right away. A little out-of -the-box thinking and lots of hard work will pay off.

I hope this helps.



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