Archive for October, 2013

Baked ham store to hire for Atlanta customer service jobs

Monday, October 28th, 2013

As the holiday season approaches, Honey Baked Ham, purveyor of, well, baked ham, has said it will be hiring people for Atlanta customer service jobs, among other locations.

The company is preparing for its annual rush on its signature Honey Baked Hams, Turkey Breasts and full assortment of premium products by providing part-time jobs for thousands of people nationwide.

The company employs around 10,000 people. It said it expects seasonal associates who return year after year to help HoneyBaked make memorable meals for millions of Americans.

Each fall the company increases its workforce by 200 percent.

At more than 400 stores nationwide, the additional associates hired for the holiday season support a major operation to prepare and sell HoneyBaked’s wide assortment of products, as well as to ramp up frontline customer service and support.

“Company-wide, HoneyBaked anticipates more than 2.5 million customers during the holiday season, from Thanksgiving through the start of the new year,” said COO Maggie DeCan*. “To continue our tradition of providing the centerpiece for American holiday tables and exceeding customer standards during our busiest season, we are searching for a holiday team that respects, understands and delivers the HoneyBaked core values every day.”

Are those with Atlanta IT jobs happy?

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

There may be a disconnect between those with Atlanta IT jobs and the reports of satisfaction by the CTO.

According to a new survey from Robert Half, although most Chief Information Officers (CIOs) recently surveyed (72 percent) rate their workers’ satisfaction levels fairly high, more than one-third (35 percent) of IT workers polled said they plan to look for another job in the next year, and another 35 percent are unsure about whether they’ll stay. Chief contributing factors to IT workers’ search for greener pastures are the need for new challenges and a lack of career advancement potential.

CIOs were asked, “How satisfied do you think your firm’s IT workers are on a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being the least satisfied and 5 being the most satisfied?” Only 29% said they were really satisfied.

IT workers were asked, “Do you plan to look for a new job next year?” 35 percent said they were looking for another job.

IT workers also were asked, “If you plan to look for a job next year, what are your primary motivations for leaving your current firm?” About 48% said they need a new challenge.

“Skilled IT professionals in hot areas, such as mobile app development and IT networking, have many job opportunities in the current market,” said John Reed, Senior Executive Director of Robert Half Technology. “CIOs will be more likely to keep their top performers if they make retention a priority and recognize that technology workers value opportunities to build their skills and move up in an organization.”

Robert Half Technology offers employers these five tips to retain their best and brightest:

Pay competitively. Salary isn’t the only key to job satisfaction, but underpaying technology professionals will prompt them to seek other career opportunities.
Offer new responsibilities. Top performers want to advance. Even when you can’t give a promotion, offer new areas of responsibility — the best IT pros want to continually build their skill sets.
Create a learning culture. Reimburse staff for relevant online classes, educational conferences and courses offered by professional associations or local colleges. If employees seek IT certifications, consider reimbursing them for the costs to obtain and maintain their credentials. If your firm doesn’t have the budget to pay for classes, consider starting a mentoring program.
Provide attractive benefits. Ask technology professionals what perks they want — from health plans to flexible work hours to paid time off — and do your best to deliver them.
Address burnout proactively. Promoting realistic workloads, bringing in project professionals when full-time employees are at capacity, and tackling morale issues immediately can help prevent employees from feeling overburdened and stressed.

Many hire for Atlanta tech jobs

Monday, October 7th, 2013

The IT sector is booming, and this is evident in the recent stats that show many companies are hiring for Atlanta tech jobs.

The September issue of TriNet SMBeat, a monthly analysis of small business employment and human capital economic indicators, shows that despite a modest cooling off, month-over-month net job growth continued across all sectors. Strong net growth continued in the tech sector, with more significant increases seen in tech hubs outside of Silicon Valley, such as New York, Los Angeles, Denver-Boulder and Atlanta.

Atlanta, where many tech companies in the area provide tech services and operations targeted to large local corporations like Coca-Cola, leads net job growth at 3.31%. Followed by Denver-Boulder, Los Angeles and the New York Metro area, with increases of 1.69%, 1.55% and 1.10% net job growth, respectively. Silicon Valley saw net job growth of just 0.45% in September.

Tech workers continue to flock to the Denver-Boulder area, where hiring has continued to grow every month by an average of 1.27% since January 2013. Here, tech workers command an average salary of $100,000. This is the highest average salary outside of Silicon Valley at $119,000. The average annual salary of tech workers across the nation is $105,000, second only to the national Life Sciences average, at $108,000.

TriNet SMBeat provides a detailed analysis and a predictive forecast for trends in key human capital economic indicators for small businesses. All reported statistics are seasonally adjusted unless otherwise indicated. All reported months run from the 13th of the previous month to the 12th of the current month. TriNet generates payroll information by tracking real-time movements within its base of approximately 7,000 entrepreneurial businesses whose employees earn approximately $100,000 in annual base salary.

These companies fall primarily into three broad industry segments: technology, professional services, and financial services. TriNet SMBeat aggregates and reports data reflecting compensation, hiring and retention (both involuntary terminations and voluntary resignations), and also provides ongoing analysis of contributing factors to these trends, including regional, industry and seasonal variables.