Archive for October, 2011

Retailers optimistic about hiring for retail jobs in Atlanta

Friday, October 28th, 2011

According to a new survey, retailers are optimistic about hiring for retail jobs in Atlanta.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Retail Salesperson is the largest occupation in the United States as of May 2010 making up 3.3% of total U.S. employment with over 4 million workers. The health of the retail industry is vital to the U.S. economy. Knowing this, eHire sought to gain more information in order to better understand the current state of the retail industry as it heads into 2012.

Halloween stores help create seasonal jobs in Atlanta

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Halloween stores, a tradition in many metro areas and small towns that signal the coming of the spookiest day of the year, are helping to create seasonal jobs in Atlanta.

Halloween Thrills is one of the seasonal stores opening in the area providing both jobs for the unemployed and the filling of vacant retail locations.

To date, Halloween Thrills has hired 20 temporary employees in the Atlanta area. “We’ve received several hundred applications and have only 60 positions to fill for our three locations at Atlantic Station, Roswell, and Kennesaw,” said Al Adkisson, who runs a chain of local Halloween Thrills retail stores in the Metro Atlanta Area. “And, it’s not just people looking for an extra job. For a lot of people that work for us, it is the job that’s holding them over until they can find something permanent,” Adkisson said.

Merger could create new human resources jobs in Atlanta

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

A new merger between Equifax and eThority could lead to new human resources jobs in Atlanta.

Equifax said this week it has completed its previously announced acquisition of eThority. The company is an innovative provider of workplace and other analytical software that brings powerful, easy-to-use data interaction and reporting to business enterprises of all sizes. Financial terms for the transaction were not disclosed. eThority is now part of TALX, Equifax’s workforce solutions business unit.

TALX, provider of Equifax Workforce Solutions, a leader in human resource, tax and payroll-related services, is based in St. Louis. TALX holds a leadership position in automated employment and income verification as well as unemployment cost management. TALX provides over 9,000 clients, including three-fourths of Fortune 500 companies, with Web-based services focused in three employment-related areas: hiring, pay reporting and compliance. Hiring services include assessments and talent acquisition, onboarding, and tax credits and incentives. Pay reporting services include, paperless pay and W-2 management. Compliance services include employment and income verifications through The Work Number, unemployment cost management and I-9 management.

Equifax is a provider of consumer and commercial information solutions, providing businesses of all sizes and consumers with information they can trust. We organize and assimilate data on more than 500 million consumers and 81 million businesses worldwide, and use advanced analytics and proprietary technology to create and deliver customized insights that enrich both the performance of businesses and the lives of consumers. Headquartered in Atlanta, Equifax operates and has investments in 17 countries, and is a member of Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500® Index. Its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EFX.

Survey shows companies are hiring for Atlanta jobs

Friday, October 7th, 2011

A new survey just published reveals that companies are increasing their efforts to hire for Atlanta jobs.

The city’s small businesses helped lead hiring and salary trends in the South in September and bucked the nation, according to SurePayroll’s latest Small Business Scorecard.

Small businesses surveyed in Atlanta reported a 3 percent increase in hiring and a 1.6 percent rise in paycheck size, according to SurePayroll, a Glenview, Ill.-based provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) payroll processing for small businesses. In the South, the only region with hiring growth, the number of employees went up 0.4 percent and payrolls notched up 0.5 percent, while nationally, hiring was down 2.7 percent and salaries dipped 0.4 percent. (more…)

Institutes receive grant to create IT jobs in Atlanta

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Two important educational institutes in Georgia have received a big grant to fuel the creation of IT jobs in Atlanta.

The Georgia Institute of Technology and Gwinnett Technical College, part of the Atlanta Health Information Technology (HIT) cluster, have been awarded a $1.65 million grant to enhance the state’s capabilities in this sector. The initiative is part of the federal government’s Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, a tri-agency competition initiated to support the advancement of 20 high-growth, regional industry clusters. The Atlanta HIT cluster’s proposal was one of 20 selected from 125 applicants.

The news is big for those looking for Atlanta jobs.

The collaborative program, designed to quickly create jobs to fill demand in Georgia’s expanding HIT cluster, provides a commercialization pathway for the supply-side and training for the workforce on the provider side. The initiative also engages traditionally underserved businesses throughout the state’s economically distressed areas via technical assistance resources.

“Our ultimate goal is simple – to achieve higher-quality, lower-cost and more patient-centric health care throughout Georgia,” said Steve Rushing, director of HIT initiatives at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), who will serve as the general advisor for the integrated project plan. “Through extensive collaboration and partnerships, this initiative leverages existing resources to boost job creation through technology deployment, and thus economic development.”

The HIT proposal is funded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). The Atlanta Development Authority (ADA) will assist with financing coordination on the SBA Scope of Work.

“ADA will focus on identifying and coordinating financing sources such as small business loans and equity from angel and venture capital firms to enhance this initiative,” says Brian McGowan, president and ADA CEO. “This grant will greatly expand our region’s capacity to create jobs and establish a global competitive edge in a highly sought after innovation cluster.”

In-kind donations and support for hiring program graduates have also come from the HIT industry and information technology providers. In addition, the Georgia Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center will play a key role in identifying eligible and formerly underserved small businesses to participate in the program.