Harris County adopts new ‘Fair Chance’ policy, no longer asking about criminal histories on county job applications
Harris County Commissioners adopted a plan Tuesday from Harris Attorney Christian Menefee to remove barriers for job candidates with criminal histories who apply for positions with the county.
Goodwill Houston serves veterans through the power of work
Veterans sometimes face challenges when returning home after military service. At Goodwill, they believe finding a good job shouldn’t be one of them. U.S. Army veteran Pedro Castillo was joined by Goodwill Houston’s VP of Fund Development and Community Relations Barbie Parker to share Pedro’s story.
Looking for a job with perks in the Houston area? These companies are offering incentives, sign-on bonuses upon hire
If you or someone you know is looking for a job, tons of Houston-area restaurants, retail, and grocery stores are looking to hire workers as soon as possible and companies are offering incentives, such as signing bonuses, to attract them.
Mayor Turner joins community leaders to highlight American Jobs Plans impact in Houston
Mayor Sylvester Turner joined Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and other community leaders during a news conference Thursday afternoon that highlighted the direct impact the American Jobs Plan will have on the city of Houston.
March hiring accelerated to 916K, yet many jobs remain lost
America’s employers unleashed a burst of hiring in March, adding 916,000 jobs in a sign that a sustained recovery from the pandemic recession is taking hold as vaccinations accelerate, stimulus checks flow through the economy and businesses increasingly reopen.
US jobless claims fall to 684,000, fewest since pandemic
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to 684,000, the fewest since the pandemic erupted a year ago and a sign the economy is improving. Thursday’s report from the Labor Department showed that jobless claims fell from 781,000 the week before. All told, the number of applicants fell below 1 million for the first time since the pandemic. AdNationally, though, the number of recipients in an extended federal jobless benefits program jumped by 730,000 to 5.5 million. Historically, the weekly unemployment claims figure has been considered an accurate reflection of the pace of layoffs.
These are the Houston businesses and industries hiring right now
Houston – Good news for Texans: As our economy improves, more companies are hiring again. In April 2020, as businesses shut down, the percentage of unemployed Texans shot up to 14.3%. If you are part of the 8% looking for work, these are the industries and businesses hiring right now:Healthcare and social assistanceHealthcare and medical workers are not only essential, they are in demand. These agencies are usually paid by the businesses who need the employees. AdOn Brookwoods site right now, there are just five jobs listed, but Milks says there are more.
Stocks climb again after stronger-than-expected jobs report — Here's what experts are watching
Stocks saw a major reversal on Friday. Here's what experts are watching in the market and what they have to say about the U.S. economic outlook. David Kelly, chief global strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management, lays out why this could be beneficial for value stocks. It just does threaten growth stocks, it threatens high P/E stocks, and I think that's what we're seeing in markets." I do think it matters how fast we get there, and I think we've had quite an aggressive move and do not expect that speed to continue."cnbc.com
Why your 50s might be the best time to start a new career
This is especially true for women of a certain age, as they move into their 50s and beyond. Once a high-powered energy trader, a layoff forced her to start her “second act.”“I think reinvention sometimes comes later because we are forced into it,” she said. “As companies start to reorganize, it just so happens the ones that are a little older get sent out. From the boardroom to the cattle farmA big life change can be scary, but sometimes just seeing other people do it is motivation. Teacher, trainer starts a career in roofingFormer teacher Angela Susan brought her career to a much “higher” level as she entered her 50s as a roofer.
Here’s how Houston ranks in 2021’s list of best places to find a job
HOUSTON – If you’re still employed during the pandemic, consider yourself lucky, or even blessed. To determine the strongest local job markets in the U.S., WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 32 key metrics. The data set ranges from job opportunities to employment growth to monthly average starting salary. When it comes to finding work in Houston, the Bayou City ranked as follows (1=Best; 91=Avg.) :130th – Job Opportunities56th – Employment Growth126th – Unemployment Rate75th – Industry Variety12th – Monthly Average Starting Salary125th – % of Workforce Living in Poverty94th – Median Annual Income*69th – Housing Affordability173rd – Avg.
What you need to know about freelance gigs
A Betterment survey shared that one in three gig workers have no retirement savings, and according to the Freelancers Union and Upwork, 30 % of them are baby boomers. If you’re nontraditional, we’ll share the long-term downsides and what you could potentially do to save yourself. If you’re nontraditional, you’re accountable for paying 100% of your social security and Medicare taxes through self-employment tax, while employers pay a portion of those. You will need three to six months’ worth of expenses, including rent, in savings to be safe. And if you need more money, you will need to find more work.
Hungry and homeless Texans are waiting anxiously for Congress to act. The day after Christmas, pandemic jobless aid expires.
After a financially devastating year, out-of-work Texans were dealt another blow this week when a congressional coronavirus relief package’s fate became uncertain after President Donald Trump threatened to veto it. Trump suggested Tuesday that he will veto the relief legislation Congress overwhelmingly passed, telling lawmakers to send Americans stimulus payments of up to $2,000 instead of the $600 outlined in the bill. The state still has $2 billion in unspent relief money from previous federal legislation. “I feel like I’m not going to see any relief.”Still, Johnson has followed the daily developments in the coronavirus relief negotiations going on in Washington. In August, the agency notified Makintubee, who lost his job in coffee sales and delivery in March, that he owed $7,800 to the state for what it said was overpayment of unemployment aid.
A resume that resonates: Beat the Robot Applicant Tracking System
It may not be that you weren’t qualified, but that your resume wasn’t qualified, according to the applicant tracking system, or ATS. The first person to read your resume … isn’t a person at all! An applicant tracking system, or ATS, is software that weeds out job candidates that either don’t fit the description or had an unreadable resume. Forty-three percent of resumes are sent as an incompatible file type, and not every ATS can read PDF. If you want to check to see if your resume is readable to an ATS, go to www.topresume.com/resume-review for a free analysis.
Amazon to open fulfillment center in Missouri City, creating more than 500 full-time jobs
MISSOURI CITY, Texas – Amazon announced Monday that it will open a 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Missouri City next year, creating more than 500 full-time jobs in the Houston area. “Missouri City and Amazon are alike when it comes to success, diversity, customer service and community,” said Missouri City Mayor Yolanda Ford. “We’re excited to be expanding our network of operations in Missouri City,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment. “We are grateful for the strong support we’ve received from local and state leaders as we broaden our footprint throughout Texas. Every day at Amazon, incredible employees come together to deliver magical experiences for customers and we look forward to creating over 500 jobs for the local community, with industry-leading pay and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.”
Texas’ unemployment system is confusing and frustrating. Here’s how to navigate it.
Regular unemployment benefits:This traditional unemployment program provides assistance for up to 26 weeks per year. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA):If you apply for unemployment and the workforce commission finds that you do not qualify for regular benefits, the agency should automatically consider you for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and enroll you if you are found eligible. Here, under the claim information section, you will see your claim type listed as: Regular Unemployment Benefits, Disaster Unemployment Benefits (for now, this is the same as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance), or Temporary Unemployment Benefits (extensions). If you have exhausted your Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits and have not recently been on regular unemployment, you don’t qualify for any kind of extension. Unless Congress takes action to extend the pandemic unemployment benefits in the CARES Act, two programs will expire after Dec. 26: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, or PEUC.
ConocoPhillips expects to lay off at least 500 employees early next year
HOUSTON – At least 500 ConocoPhillips employees could be laid off early next year. John Roper, spokesman for the Houston-based company, said severance notifications could begin as early as Feb. 1, but the exact number of employees is still being evaluated. “We have been transparent with employees that targeted workforce reductions in certain areas of our business may be necessary from time-to-time to align organizational capacity with expected future activity levels,” Roper said. “In light of this and in anticipation of our acquisition of Concho Resources, which is set to close in the first quarter of 2021, ConocoPhillips is taking actions to align our business to remain competitive.”Roper said the affected employees will be given a 60-day notice, severance and outplacement assistance.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise moving its headquarters from California to Houston area
HOUSTON – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that Hewlett Packard Enterprise is moving its headquarters from San Jose, California, to Spring, Texas. “Hewlett Packard Enterprise joins more than 50 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the Lone Star State, including 22 in the Houston area alone. The city’s efforts to bolster Houston’s position as a leading digital tech hub and global headquarters city are paying off. “Houston has long been a hub for global innovation and offers leading tech companies a deep bench of digital and corporate talent to drive success.
Houston Newsmakers: What happened to the accuracy of pre-election polls?
Election stress? “Election stress is something that existed even hundreds of years ago because people get fixated to the election,” he said. Free Job Training through Houston Community CollegeThe pandemic has been tough on thousands of people in our community and across the country. Thousands of jobs have been lost in our community and that’s what makes the free job training offerings from Houston Community College even more special. Houston Community College in partnership with Capital IDEA Houston is offering a free four week training to help students land jobs as computer support specialists.
Police: Actor Eddie Hassell, 30, killed in Texas shooting
The shooting happened early Sunday in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie. Police said in a statement that officers responded to a report of a shooting and found Hassell suffering from gunshot wounds. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File)GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – The actor Eddie Hassell, known for his roles in the NBC show “Surface” and the 2010 film “The Kids Are All Right,” has died after a shooting in Texas, police said. Grand Prairie police said in a statement that officers responded to a report of a shooting and found Hassell suffering from gunshot wounds. Grand Prairie police said the motive remained under investigation, but that a car had been taken from the scene of the shooting.
Tips to make your LinkedIn profile stand out and ace your Zoom interview
HOUSTON – Unemployed, and seeking a way to stand out on LinkedIn and present your best self when participating in virtual interviews? LinkedIn, Now Stand Out! So, make sure your interview set up is in a part of the home that has the strongest internet connection, and test it before your interview. Deborrah Ashley, The LinkedIn Blackbelt, of Thrivoo is a marketing expert who helps individuals and experts stand out on LinkedIn. In the video below Ashley offers strategies to help you stand out online and optimize your job search in just 40 minutes!
Texas unemployment rate rises to 8.3% in September, seven months into economic recession
Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. The Texas unemployment rate rose to 8.3% in September, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday, a sharp increase from the August unemployment rate of 6.8%. The announcement also shows that a lot of Texans are jobless seven months into the pandemic despite widespread business reopenings across the state. “What we saw with companies like the airlines and others is happening throughout the economy,” Rodriguez told The Texas Tribune. A spokesman for the workforce commission said next week’s release from the labor department will also show Texas' unemployment rate in September was 8.3%.
You can earn $1,000 by binge-watching horror movies this Halloween
If you’re already doing it anyway, you might as well get paid. Cable TV and High Speed Internet are looking for one super fan to binge-watch horror movies on Halloween night for $1,000. We’re teaming up with @TeamHSI to pay one horror movie enthusiast $1000 to watch a 24 hour marathon of the scariest movies. https://t.co/diApIdzrPb pic.twitter.com/HDHucpU5Zx — CableTV.com (@CableTV) October 2, 2020The selected candidate is required to stream horror films of their choice for 24 hours and live-tweet throughout the movie marathon. To get through the night, the candidate will receive Halloween candy and a $50 Starbucks gift card for caffeinated beverages.
Job hunting? See who’s hiring in Houston for the holiday season
HOUSTON – The holiday shopping season is quickly approaching, and some companies will need some extra help to fulfill orders this year. Companies such as Target, Amazon, and FedEx are hiring seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season. FedExFexEx is hiring seasonal delivery drivers to quickly and efficiently deliver packages to customers during the holiday shopping season. Click here to applyUPSUPS is hiring seasonal delivery drivers to deliver holiday packages to customers during the shopping season. Macy’sMacy’s is hiring seasonal workers in all Macy’s locations in the Houston area, including the Galleria.
Need a job, Houston? Walmart is hiring 20,000 workers at its fulfillment centers across the U.S. for holiday season
HOUSTON – In need of a job this holiday shopping season? The largest retail department store in the U.S. plans to hire 20,000 workers for their eCommerce fulfillment centers across the country. It is also paying attention to customer shopping trends and wish lists to prepare themselves for the upcoming holiday shopping season, such as matching the same in-store inventory on the Walmart website. Walmart will be closed Thanksgiving Day this year due to the pandemic, according to CNN business. Walmart has hired more than 500,000 workers since the beginning of the pandemic in March, the news release said.
20+ jobs you can start right now with little to no experience needed
There are more than half a million jobs available right now in Texas and many of them don’t require much experience to apply. I need a job,” Rodriguez said. She’s treating her job search like she has all of her jobs — with organization and a positive, “can-do” attitude. “Jobs do not require experience, they require a willingness to learn,” said Ardine Williams, Amazon’s Vice President of Workforce Development. “There are hundreds of jobs available across Houston,” Williams explained.
The coronavirus pandemic will intensify competition for white-collar jobs, says Singapore minister
SINGAPORE — Competition for white-collar jobs will become more intense after the coronavirus pandemic showed that a lot of work can be done over the internet, Singapore's Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said on Thursday. "But increasingly, I think the world is realizing that competition is even tougher for the white-collar jobs that can be done over the internet," he said. "The jobs that can be done over the internet can be done anywhere in the world and because of this, white-collar jobs will no longer have the geographical insulation it used to have." That led Singapore's economy to shrink by a record 13.2% in the second quarter this year compared to a year ago. The jobs that can be done over the internet can be done anywhere in the world and because of this, white-collar jobs will no longer have the geographical insulation it used to have.cnbc.com
Amazon to hire 100,000 to keep up with online shopping surge
NEW YORK – Amazon will hire another 100,000 people to keep up with a surge of online orders. The company said Monday that the new hires will help pack, ship or sort orders, working in part-time and full-time roles. This time around, Amazon said it needs the people at the 100 new warehouses, package sorting centers and other facilities it's opening this month. In addition to the holiday shopping rush, Amazon plans to hold its one of its busiest shopping days, Prime Day, in the fall this year after postponing it from July. Amazon will be monitoring whether it needs to hire more workers for the holidays, but doesn't have anything to announce yet, Boler Davis said.
Houston-area job losses, unemployment rate reach record levels in April
HOUSTON Job losses and the unemployment rate in the Houston area reached record levels in April due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released by Workforce Solutions Friday morning. The economy in the Houston area has taken a significant hit with more than 452,000 Houston-area workers now unemployed, according to the data. Not surprisingly, customer-facing industries were the hardest hit, said Parker Harvey, the regional economist at Workforce Solutions. Michelle Castrow, a manager at Workforce Solutions, said that some companies are still hiring despite the downturn. Were working with our employer partners daily and posting new job openings to wrksolutions.com/jobsnow, she said.
S&P 500 and Nasdaq eke out fresh record closing highs
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite rose marginally on Tuesday eking out fresh record closing highs as investors digested testimony from the top U.S. central banking official and assessed the potential economic impact of the coronavirus. During the Q&A portion of his testimony, Powell noted it is "too early to say" how the coronavirus will ultimately impact the U.S. economy. "The coronavirus clearly presents a risk to the global economy," said Danielle DiMartino Booth, CEO of Quill Intelligence. Investors have been grappling with fears that of the coronavirus denting global economic growth. Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite closed at fresh highs on Monday, while the Dow jumped more than 170 points.cnbc.com
Stock market live updates: Dow down 300, coronavirus names fall, Uber best day ever
Franck2:08 pm: Dow drops 300 points to session lowThe Dow slid 300 points in afternoon trading to its session low, as sharp declines in Dow Inc and Caterpillar put pressure on the 30-stock index. Shares of Uber jumped more than 9% on Friday, putting the stock on pace for its best day ever. The jobs report is essentially out of the markets' mind now. Melloy8:33 am: US added 225,000 jobs in January, versus 158,000 expectedStock futures pared losses after the blowout January jobs report. Li8:07 am: Jobs report approachesThe Labor Department's report on nonfarm payrolls for January will set the tone for Friday.cnbc.com
These are the jobs with the fastest-growing wagesand online shopping is giving them a boost
Jobs tied to the holiday shopping season are seeing some of the fastest-growing wages in the country, according to Glassdoor's latest job market report. Warehouse associates saw a 6.3% boost in pay year over year in September, and those workers earned a median of $42,864. The career site analyzed wages for workers in September 2019 compared to September 2018 for the report. Retail key holders are generally in charge of opening and closing the store, as well as overseeing operations when a manager isn't present. The increased pay for these jobs reflects not only seasonal consumer trends, but also the changing nature of retail as a whole.cnbc.com
Steve Jobs: 'Technology is nothing'here's what he said it really takes to achieve great success
It's been eight years since Steve Jobs passed away on Oct. 5, 2011, but his lessons about life, work and success still live on today. He taught them to focusAfter his return to Apple, Jobs would take his top employees on annual retreats. "Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do," Jobs told Isaacson. According to Isaacson, Jobs believed in the power of in-person conversations and always preferred face-to-face meetings. "There's a temptation in our networked age to think that ideas can be developed by email and iChat," he told Isaacson.cnbc.com
Bill Gates says Steve Jobs was a master at 'casting spells' to keep Apple from dying
Steve Jobs was a master at "casting spells" to keep Apple employees motivated and working long hours, said Bill Gates, the billionaire co-founder of technology giant Microsoft. "I was like a minor wizard because he would be casting spells, and I would see people mesmerized, but because I'm a minor wizard, the spells don't work on me," said Gates, the world's second-richest person. Despite that, Jobs, the former Apple CEO who died of pancreatic cancer in 2011, was an example of "don't do this at home" in his style of leadership, Gates said. Jobs was a singular case, Gates said, where Apple was on a path to die and goes on to become the most valuable company in the world. Since Jobs' passing, leadership of the company has gone to current CEO Tim Cook.cnbc.com
February sees 295,000 jobs added as unemployment rate falls
February sees 295,000 jobs added as unemployment rate falls The latest job report shows the unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent nationwide. CBS News' contributor and analyst Mellody Hobson joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to tell us more about what this means for the economy.cbsnews.com
MoneyWatch: Jobs report due Friday; Google to sell car insurance
MoneyWatch: Jobs report due Friday; Google to sell car insurance The November jobs report will be released Friday, and analysts expect another strong month. Also, Google is reportedly working on a comparison shopping site for car insurance. Jill Wagner reports on the day's top MoneyWatch headlines.cbsnews.com
Jobs return, but long-term unemployed still left behind
Jobs return, but long-term unemployed still left behind While hiring has rebounded, it's still a challenge for people who have been out of work a year or more to get jobs, says Geoffrey Hoffmann, chief executive at search firm DHR International.cbsnews.com
New Google initiative looks to close the tech world's gender gap
New Google initiative looks to close the tech world's gender gap Jobs in computer science are multiplying fast, with the Labor Department predicting more than 4-million positions by the year 2020. But so far, it's mostly a man's world. Google is launching a new campaign to help close the gender gap. CBS News' Alexis Christoforous reports.cbsnews.com