September 4, 2012 5:24 pm
September 4, 2012 5:24 pm
More than 20 mall retailers including The Limited will be accepting applications and interviewing for seasonal, full-time and part-time positions at St. Clair Square and Chesterfield Mall.
Web Editor- St. Louis Business Journal
Chesterfield Mall and St. Clair Square will host job fairs in their center courts from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sept. 8 to fill open retail positions.
More than 20 mall retailers including Auntie Anne’s, Body Central, The Limited and New York Co. will be accepting applications and interviewing for a variety of seasonal, full-time and part-time positions.
“Many Chesterfield Mall and St. Clair Square stores have immediate openings they are looking to fill,” said Sean Phillips, regional marketing director. “This job fair is a great opportunity for people to find the perfect job – whether it’s a part-time position for the holiday season or a full-time job.”
Chesterfield Mall, at Interstate 64 and Clarkson Road in Chesterfield, features more than 150 specialty retailers. St. Clair Square, in Fairview Heights, hosts more than 140. Both are owned and managed by Chattanooga, Tenn.-based CBL Associates Properties Inc.
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According to a statement released by the Spanish Labor Ministry on Tuesday, for the first time in five months, the number of registered Spanish people looking for a job rose by 38,179 in August, up 0.8 per cent from the 4,625,634 recorded in July.
“Although it’s true that an increase in unemployment is bad news it should be stressed that it is the weakest increase for August, traditionally a bad month for employment, since 2006,” AFP quoted Spanish Labor Minister Engracia Hidalgo as saying.
Earlier in the last month, the government decided to extend the life of a 400-euro ($500) monthly payment for unemployed people.
Meanwhile, the Spanish government is pushing ahead with its austerity measures in an effort to reduce its debt and save its ailing banking system.
The latest figures from the Luxemburg-based European Union (EU)’s statistics office, Eurostat, revealed Friday that Spain suffered the highest rate of unemployment in the single currency area in July with one out of four Spaniards without a job.
Battered by the global financial downturn, the Spanish economy collapsed into recession in the second half of 2008, taking with it millions of jobs.
The worsening debt crisis has forced the EU governments to adopt harsh austerity measures and tough economic reforms, which have triggered incidents of social unrest and massive protests in many European countries.
“The folks in government are seeing that it’s getting harder than it’s been in quite awhile to manage well because of attrition,” said John Pagluta, vice president for policy at the Washington-based nonprofit. “Experienced folks are leaving, partly from negative public attitudes” about government employment.
Retirements are up year-over-year by 25 percent, the partnership found. Around 100,000 people leave the federal workforce every year, Pagluta he said. Fifty percent are retiring, he said, and 40 percent are quitting. The remaining 10 percent are fired.
The federal workforce has been declining since its 10-year peak of 3.4 million full- and part-time workers in May 2010. Preliminary figures from July put the workforce at slightly over 2.8 million, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
When people left government employment during the Clinton administration, federal agencies had money to hire contractors to get work done.
It’s a different story today, Pagluta said. Agencies are curtailing internal spending, as well as expenditures on outside contractors.
“Outsourcing is less likely,” the partnership noted in its report.
About half of the people interviewed for the survey were Chief Human Capital Officers, or CHCOs, for their agencies. The CHCOs serve as chief policy advisors on human resources management issues to their agencies’ leaders.
“We have been dealing with the issues raised in this report for a number of years and were not surprised to see them raised again,” said Kathryn Medina, executive director of the CHCO Council, which coordinates the CHCO executives’ efforts.
The CHCOs and others generally agreed that competition for the best talent is increasing. Many of the government jobs require well-educated employees, often with advanced degrees. The federal government is in direct competition with private employers for workers with specialties in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, also known as the STEM fields.
To take one example: The government has identified a serious need for trained cybersecurity experts who can help to secure agencies’ defense and civilian computer networks.
The National Science Foundation has awarded $128 million since 2003 in education and training grants to universities across the country, typically in the form of full scholarships to attract students to work in information technology for the federal government.
As part of the CyberCorps program, Towson University, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Harford Community College said last month they will have access to several million dollars in funding to help students study cybersecurity.
Students who receive scholarships typically have to go to work for a federal agency for a period of time upon graduation.
TALISAY CITY, Negros Occidental, Sept 4 (PIA) — Talisay City will mark its 13th Minuluan Festival with a job fair on September 6 and 7, a statement from the city government said.
The event dubbed, “Obra Para Sa Masa,” is one of the programs pursued by the Talisay City government to assist job-hunting constituents by providing them adequate venues in order to find a job here and abroad.
Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan believes that by regular job fairs in the city will ease underlying unemployment problem and help curb poverty.
The job fair will open with a short program at 8 a.m. to be attended by Saratan, Vice Mayor Neil Lizares and city officials, Department of Labor and Employment Bacolod Field Office Leo Victoria Mondragon, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Bacolod Director Carmen Nagum, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Phil Region 6 President Moises de la Cruz and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Provincial Director Lorena P. Yunque.
Urgently needed for immediate hiring are engineers, nurses, teachers, accountants, call center workers, mechanics, technicians, heavy equipment operators, construction-related skilled workers, cashiers and storekeepers, checkers, hotel and restaurant personnel, drivers, housekeeping and servicing, sales managers/supervisors, sales operators, HRD assistants, security and safety technicians and others.
Talisay City PESO Manager Gilbert G. Robles confirmed the participation of overseas agencies, Al-Alamia International Manpower, Concorde Human Resource Specialist, EEI Corporation, Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, Mirben International Manpower Services, Confideral, MMML Recruitment Services, Inc., YWA Human Resource Corporation, Placewell International Services, Alliance International Recruitment and Placement Services, East West Placement Center, Eureka Personnel Management, Mori International Agency Corporation, Jones International, Zippy International and SK Manpower.(Talisay City/JSC/CD-PIA6)
Spain’s jobless queue grew to 4.63 million people in August, the government said Tuesday, grim news for an economy suffering nearly 25-percent unemployment.
Snapping a run of four monthly declines, the number of job seekers in August climbed by 38,179, or 0.83 percent, from July, the Labour Ministry said in a statement.
“Although it’s true that an increase in unemployment is bad news it should be stressed that it is the weakest increase for August, traditionally a bad month for employment, since 2006,” Labour Minister Engracia Hidalgo said in a statement.
The ministry’s monthly tally is based on the number of people registering as unemployed.
A broader, quarterly household survey by the National Statistics Institute provides the official unemployment rate, which hit 24.63 percent in the second quarter of 2012, the highest in the industrialised world.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative Popular Party government has declared unemployment and economic growth its priorities even as it slashes costs in the midst of recession.
The government agreed last month to extend the life of a 400-euro ($500) monthly payment for jobless people whose unemployment benefits come to an end.
Regular unemployment benefits last a maximum of two years in Spain depending on how long a worker has made social security contributions.
The benefit was to be raised to 450 euros for recipients who have a dependant spouse or partner and at least two children.
The payment is a lifeline to many people, with official data showing 1.74 million households with no family member in work.
Parents who fall behind in their child support payments because they lose a job can face a minefield of challenges.
Being in arrears can lead to losing the very driver’s or professional licenses that make employment possible. They may have their tax refunds intercepted and their bank accounts seized. In some cases, criminal charges can be filed.
The longer a parent is out of work, the harder it is to catch up. It can take up to six months to adjust a child support order to recognize a lost or lesser-paying job, and the adjustments typically are not retroactive.
Portage County’s Department of Job and Family Services recently initiated a new program it hopes will help clients climb that mountain.
It has appointed the county’s first “child support employment service counselor” assigned specifically to work with unemployed child support obligators.
Veteran child enforcement agency staffer Sue Dougherty was appointed to the post, which marries two traditional county jobs — that of child support enforcement and employment counseling.
Deadbeat moms and dads need not apply, Dougherty said. Her full attention will be given to those with a genuine desire to support their families.
Job and Family Services director Judee Genetin said the new focus makes perfect sense.
“You can’t make child support payments if you’re not working,” she said. “And let’s say you finally find a job and get your first payment and we take 65 percent [in current and late support payments]. How likely are you to keep working?”
Dougherty’s position is part of an overall change in philosophy, said Genetin, who called it a kinder, gentler system than the traditional drive to “get the money at all costs. We don’t want to scare people by saying it’s all or nothing.”
Tools at Dougherty’s disposal include restoring driver’s and professional licenses of earnest clients who are doing their best to get back on their feet.
And while counties can’t reduce a court-ordered child support payment, there’s nothing to stop them from asking custodial parents for leniency.
Parents who are at odds with their exes may not be willing to take that step, but others may be open to a side agreement knowing it’s their best chance to get some money.
“Maybe we see if the obligator can pay only the current support for a few paychecks, and then increase it to make up for the arrears once they are settled in their new job,” said Roxanna Lyle, supervising attorney for Portage County’s child support enforcement agency. “They still owe it, but we’re talking about a smaller payment at first.”
Job and Family Services administrator Kevin Gowan said he’s seen the reaction some obligators have when they get too far behind.
“I’d rather have you pay $150 than rabbit off to Indiana and not pay anything,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dougherty will be guiding her clients through the county’s employment training programs and trying to help match them with employers in need of their skills.
Genetin said many counties are trying to “evolve” to meet the special need of child support payees. The effort has been encouraged by the Ohio Child Support Directors Association.
But Portage County is the first in the area with a designated cross-trained position.
The head of Summit County’s Job and Family Services, Pat Divoky, said she hadn’t heard of Portage County’s effort, but she is intrigued.
“I’m definitely going to talk to [Genetin] about that. It sounds good,” she said.
Portage County is paying for the new position out of its general budget, but if the program is successful in increasing child support payments, the county would see some return through a federal incentive program.
The new program is in keeping with other changes being made at One-Stop, the county’s employment services program, Genetin said. There is an overall focus on being family-friendly, she said.
For instance, there are new programs that help children who are aging out of the foster system find jobs, and a new fatherhood initiative.
The agency has also changed the way it helps county residents find jobs. For the first time, it is meeting with employers to create a database of needs and skills while offering to do initial interviews and directing appropriate applicants.
Dougherty said that database will come in handy as she tries to help place clients.
Her job is so new she’s only met with one client, a 30-something father of two who was fired from a job he’d had for eight years and hasn’t been able to find steady work in a long time.
“He said he wants to work,” Doughtery said, and that desire is mandatory.
Future referrals will come from the courts, or from child support enforcement employees who are in a position to know of cases “where someone is dealing with a barrier to getting a job,” she said.
Gowan said there are about 8,500 county residents with orders to pay child support. Of those, there are probably 2,000 to 3,000 that are behind in their payments, and Dougherty’s target is a small subset within that group.
“She’s the only employee specifically focused on the new initiative, so it’s hard to know” how many people she will impact, Genetin said. “But I would be happy to see her produce even 20 to 30 successful cases a year.”
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Talisay City will mark its 13th Minuluan Festival with a job fair Thursday and Friday, for the weeklong celebration, a press release from the city said.
The event dubbed “Obra Para Sa Masa,” is one of the programs of the Talisay government to assist jobseekers, the press release said.
Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan, Vice Mayor Neil Lizares and city officials, and Department of Labor and Employment, Bacolod Field Office head, Victoria Mondragon, will attend the opening.
Carmen Nagum, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Bacolod Director, PESOPhil Region VI President Moises De la Cruz and Technical Education Skills Development Authority Provincial Director Lorena Yunque, will also attend, the press release said.
Talisay City Public Employment Services Officer Manager Gilbert Robles said overseas agencies, Al-Alamia International Manpower, Concorde Human Resource Specialist, EEI Corporation, and Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, will participate.
Mirben International Manpower Services, Confideral, MMML Recruitment Services, Inc., YWA Human Resource Corporation, Placewell International Services, Alliance International Recruitment and Placement Services will also join the fair, the press release said.
The other agencies are East West Placement Center, Eureka Personnel Management, Mori International Agency Corporation, Jones International, Zippy International, and SK Manpower, it added.
Interested applicants are advised to bring comprehensive résumés and 2×2 I.D. pictures.*
The Government is considering enforcing tougher sanctions for sick and disabled benefit claimants who refuse to take steps to get back into the workplace.
Proposals reportedly put forward by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) could see claimants lose up to 70% of their weekly employment support allowance (ESA) if they fail to take part in work-related activity.
The new regulations are yet to be discussed in the House of Commons but are being considered as part of a drive by ministers to toughen up the benefits regime.
They would affect claimants in the ESA work-related activity group (Wrag) who are assessed to be capable of taking steps towards moving into a job immediately and must undertake activities to help them back into the workplace.
A DWP spokesperson said: “We are not asking people in the ESA Wrag group to do anything different or more than is the case today.
“But we have proposed changes to the sanction regime for those who deliberately do not take up the help made available.
“The whole point of Wrag is to help support people to move closer to the jobs market, instead of writing them off on long-term out of work benefits as happened too often in the past.”
The DWP also said that it was considering introducing voluntary work experience placements as part of sick and disabled claimants’ work-related activity.
According to reports, £71 could be withdrawn from people’s ESA if they refuse to take part in activities to help them back into employment, which are agreed with a personal adviser based on the claimants’ individual circumstances and proximity to the labour market.
At present they can be docked up to £28.15 from their maximum weekly allowance award of £99.15 if they break the agreement.
GOOD advice from an employment agency has put a Pakenham jobseeker on his way to becoming a chef.
Daniel signed up with WISE Employment Pakenham in April and it led to a job as a kitchen hand in Beaconsfield and a coming apprenticeship.
The 20 year old said he had heard good things about the not-for-profit agency from fellow jobseekers. “Within two weeks, they had set up an interview with Slippery Jacks, and I started on a three-month trial at the start of May.”
The Beaconsfield restaurant is a strong supporter of WISE Employment and has taken on a number of jobseekers.
As well as 40 hours of work and training a week at Slippery Jacks, Daniel’s four-year apprenticeship will involve visiting a trade school once a month. “I’m going to have to learn all the different aspects about becoming a chef.”
He said the social side of hospitality was his favourite part of the trade. “I’ve done a bit of catering before, and I love working with people.
“Slippery Jacks was a really good fit – I figured ‘what better way than to come and work at a place with open functions?’ It means I can work on my bar skills.”
The agency also helped Daniel move out of unsuitable shared accommodation into somewhere better.
WISE Pakenham business manager David Nichols said his office worked with about 690 jobseekers at a time.
“The support we offer varies for each individual. For some, they might need help with interview techniques or understanding workplace culture to allow them to transition into employment.
“Others who are ready for work may need our assistance to match their skills and interests to the right job.”
Details: 5940 6000.