Archive for May, 2012

Assurant Specialty Property hiring for customer service jobs in Atlanta

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Assurant Specialty Property said this week it is hiring for customer service jobs in Atlanta.

The provider of insurance services will bring on 100 new employees for its customer service centers in Gwinnett County.

The company is advertising the jobs on its website.

It is currently hiring part-time and full-time customer service representatives, as well as managers, at its two service centers in the Duluth / Interstate 85 area.

The company provides insurance services in partnership with financial institutions, mortgage lenders, manufactured home sellers, auto finance companies, property managers and their customers. Services include insurance tracking and management, lender-placed homeowners insurance, and property and personal coverage such as renters, farm and flood insurance.

It is is part of Assurant, a provider of specialized insurance products and related services in North America and select worldwide markets. Assurant, a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Good news for Atlanta jobs and small business owners

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

A new survey shows that small business owners are expected to hire more people for Atlanta jobs and that revenue is increasing.

The Bank of America Small Business Owner Report shows that many small business owners in Atlanta are optimistic about the future of their business.

About 33 percent of Atlanta small business owners said they plan to hire more employees in the year ahead, with 51 percent indicating they plan to keep their staffing projections consistent.

More than half (57 percent) of Atlanta small business owners believe their revenue will increase in the next year, and two-fifths (41 percent) of respondents believe that marketing is the most important action that they can take in order to achieve this revenue growth.

Three-quarters (74 percent) of survey respondents cited the strength of the U.S. dollar as a top concern, followed by increasing commodities prices (i.e., gas and oil) (72 percent), effectiveness of U.S. government leaders (71 percent) and recovery of consumer spending (70 percent).

Sixty-four percent of Atlanta small business owners cite their local economy as important to the success of their business. Close to one in three (31 percent) Atlanta small business owners are confident that their local economy will improve over the next 12 months, slightly higher than the 27 percent that are confident in the improvement of the national economy during the same period.

“Atlanta is an international business destination and small business owners here are a critical and vibrant segment of that community,” said Felicia Lewis, small business banker manager in Atlanta for Bank of America. “We are committed to providing small business owners in Atlanta with the tools and resources they need to better run their business, which in turn will continue to fuel our local economy, igniting a ripple effect across the country.”

Coca-Cola to hire veterans for jobs in Atlanta

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Beverage giant Coca-Cola announced a huge initiative to hire hundreds of veterans for jobs in Atlanta, among other locations.

The company said this week it plans on offering 800 job and career opportunities to military veterans in 2012.

This initiative builds on a long-term company program to recruit veterans. Currently Coca-Cola Refreshments employs more than 5,500 veterans in a variety of roles across its organization, covering all 50 states.

According to an article about the initiative, Coca-Cola began its support of U.S. military troops in 1941 during World War II when former Company President Robert Woodruff committed “to see that every man in uniform gets a bottle of Coca-Cola for five cents, wherever he is and whatever it costs the Company.”

That same decade, the Company began a more than 70-year partnership with the USO. Today, the Coca-Cola system provides military personnel with more than two million beverage servings per day through its military channels. Coca-Cola Refreshments is also focused on implementing enhanced programs to recruit, retain and develop our nation’s heroes. In addition, throughout the year, many marketing programs pay tribute to and reward veterans for their service.

“Our military personnel have made incredible sacrifices to serve and protect their country and when they return home, they deserve support and recognition from companies like Coca-Cola,” said Steve Cahillane, President and Chief Executive Officer, Coca-Cola Refreshments. “It’s also in the best interest of companies to consider military vets as they offer a wide variety of skills, diversity of perspective and ingrained leadership and drive.”