How to Find 60 Companies That Will Really Hire You
Many job seekers survive job search and employment interviewing only to learn that the pertinent companies will not hire them. HR may be adding applications and resumes for future use, jobs may have been already filled, or these jobs may needs to have been advertised outside the company by policy and law, even though an internal applicant was sure to be hired. Some businesses, however, really need to hire more people - So try them.
Advice For Job Seekers Who May Suffer Discrimination
During a major crisis or times of increased stress, people and companies often revert to their last maturity level of operations.What does this mean for the job seeker?
This means that under the crunch of the Great Recession and its aftermath into the 2010s, some companies may revert to some discriminatory hiring, even if unintentional.
I knew a busy restaurant in which the owner-manager designed an effective plan of serving customers by zone in the dining room and it worked very smoothly. However, whenever business became heavier, he became startled and yell, "Free-for-all!", a command to drop the zone designations. The free-for-all never worked well, waitresses bumped into each other and spilled food, and some orders were lost - along with some customers. The hiring process in companies can be a little like this.
Top company leadership must follow-up down the line to encourage and support staff in always hiring and promoting the best workers, regardless of demographics.
Truck Driving and related occupations reached over 1,000,000 job listings on any particular day my mid-2015. By Fall 2015, the number had increased even further. Truck driving schools often provide short courses for the CDL required and help with job placement.
Companies That Plan To Hire 2015 - 2018
Various Industry Analysts, Watchdog Groups, and Job Search Engines list their Top Employers annually in order to help job seekers find employment, including diverse job seeking groups in any economic climate, boom or bust.. The following organizations appear on many of these lists:
TRUCK DRIVING AND RELATED (Mechanics and others) - Number One in 2014 - 2016
- USA Truck
- CRST Expedited
- CRST Malone
- Swift Transportation Co
- CRST Lease Purchase
- Wel Companies
- Navajo Express
- Gordon Trucking
- CRST Specialized Transportation
- Forward Air
- Transport America
- Celadon Trucking Services
- Super Service
- Marten Transport
- Centerline Drivers, LLC
- Southern Refrigerated Transport
- Knight Transportation
- Roehl Transport
- P & S Transportation
- Right Turn
AEROSPACE TECHNICIANS - Listings beginning to increase as new Spaceports emerge.
- US Navy Reserve
- Lockheed Martin
- United Technologies
- L-3 Communications
- General Electric
- PAE Antarctica Contract
- Army National Guard – Increased enlistments are steady.
- USAF and Air Guard
- US Navy
- US Naval Reserve
- Genesis Healthcare
- HCA Healthcare
- Voyage Solutions
- Supplemental Health Care
- Maxim Healthcare
- MSN Travel and other Travel Nurse Agencies
- Bayada Nurses – Home Health Aides to RNs and Administrative Staff. Over 100 pages of listings.
- Kaiser Permanente
- Kindred Healthcare
- Fresenius Medical Care North America - over 1200 jobs.
- PSA Healthcare
- Sutter Health
- UnitedHealth Group
- Johnson & Johnson – World Wide employment opportunities.
COMPUTERS AND TECHNOLOGIES
- US Naval Reserve
- ACS - Computer Services.
- Army National Guard
- EMC 2 - Information technology. Multiple award winner, recognized for diversity.
- PricewaterhouseCoopers – World wide careers in finance and taxes.
For Women & Older Women:
Look for Employers that are Women-Friendly.
Check out “Best Places to Work:” for women and moms by running a search with those terms. Search “best places to work +women”, “best places to work +diversity” and “best places to work +moms” You can also try substituting the word +mothers for +moms. The Plus Sign (+) makes sure that the search includes the term or function following it.
Remember that during job interviews, employers and HR reps are not permitted to ask you any questions about your family or living arrangements at all, or whether you plan to have children or to become married or to move in with a domestic partner. However, surveys of employees in various companies provide the data for these “Best Places to Work.”
- Check out Working Mother Magazine for their Top 100 Best Companies.
- Check out the Top 30 Companies for Executive Women.
Look for Companies that have Earned Awards
Many companies that target and improve the stance of women, seniors, and other minorities receive awards. Check the Internet for award winning companies in these categories.
Check Vault.Com and Catalyst websites for company profiles and employee interviews.
Check for Complaints and Lawsuits
Search Google for the following terms: “racial discrimination”, “age discrimination”, “gender discrimination”, “sex discrimination”, “sexual harassment”, “lawsuit”, and “settlement” and see if the company for which you are interviewing pops up in the results list.
In addition, check the Better Business Bureau regarding the company and determine how they handle consumer complaints. Look also at any lists of complaints and see if them majority of the complaints came from women or any other obvious minorities and if this seems out-of-line (for example, a cosmetics company is likely to have more female complaints because more females use their products).
If your potential employer is a healthcare practice or institution, check for malpractice suits in state and national databases.
Check the Composition of the Board of Directors and the Administrative Staff
How many women, the disabled, seniors, African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, and other minorities do you see listed? If you see none or few, you likely won’t ever get to those positions, either, especially in a recession. Remember, too, that smaller companies may have a harder time installing diversity in the workplace, especially if the local population is mostly one demographic. Small businesses are also not required to install ADA requirements for the disabled if the cost is prohibitive.
Be a detective.
Look around on the day of your interview or visit the day before, stopping in to say hello to the receptionist, to check out the location exactly, and to pick up any available literature – like the most recent Annual Report. Ask the receptionist on a positive note about the length of his/her employment and satisfaction with it. Notice: Does the workplace look gender-neutral and do you see any women around? In what Job Titles do these women work?
Find out who your boss will be. If it is a person that does not clearly support and actively apply the organization’s EEO stance, it defines a potential fight that you may not win. Look for clues. For example, the secretary of one of my bosses on a summer job displayed a large risqué poster at the entrance of her cubicle stating, “Where can I find some sexual harassment?”
This local company division exuded an environment of discrimination against women, women with college degrees, women in sports, racial minorities (there were none and would not be), and the disabled. I was glad to be working elsewhere after 12 weeks.
Check Out the Benefits
This is more than:
1) Days off, insurance, and vacation. Benefits include
2) Ongoing Professional Development, Mentoring, Regular Employment Reviews, and In-house Promotion Track Development.
Where there are little or no benefits at all, the company may not value its workers. Check Vault and Catalyst, as described above.
Additional Information You May Need
Proceed to Part 2 of this article and find important links for help for Seniors, Women, and Minorities.
© 2009 Patty Inglish
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