The 2012 holiday season was a certainly joyful one for retail workers. Despite continuing economic fears, as well as Superstorm Sandy and the presidential election, hiring soared to the highest level in six years, the Associated Press reports.
Retailers added 728,300 jobs between October 1 and December 31. This was 10.3 percent higher than the same period last year. It was the strongest hiring increase since 2006, when retail employment increased by 746,900.
Rachael Wright had culinary training, a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a dream of putting her education to work. After a couple of years waiting tables and trying to launch her career, Wright finally went where the jobs are: quick-service food.
In September, she started at Protein Bar, a Chicago-based eatery specializing in low-sugar, high-fiber menus. The company says it seeks to marry fresh ingredients with convenience: Food is served in easy-to-carry bowls so customers can nosh while they walk. After multiple interviews, Wright landed an assistant manager job at the company’s new store in Washington.
“I was looking for something in product development,” said Wright, 26. “Even if that doesn’t happen, having this background in the healthful food industry should help me along the right path instead of going from restaurant to restaurant.”
Restaurants and bars are heading toward their strongest year of job growth since 2004, according to the National Restaurant Association, a Washington-based trade group, led by a proliferation of fast-food and quick-service outlets. Food services accounted for nearly 30 percent of the 96,000 jobs created in August, which also marked 19 consecutive months of growth for the sector, according to the Labor Department.
The industry this year expanded payrolls by 2.9 percent as of the end of August, more than double the 1.4 percent increase in total U.S. employment, according to Labor Department data.
In an effort to better serve its customer base, Ovation has enhanced its existing product to streamline recruiting workflow, increase product accessibility, simplify its pricing and has improved upon its already popular mobile platform.
Ovation Technologies Introduces Key Product Updates at HR Technology Conference & Expo In Chicago
Chicago, Ill. – October 2, 2012–Ovation Technologies, the cloud-based recruiting and employee on-boarding software, launched several key updates to its product today at the HR Technology Conference & Expo in Chicago, Illinois. In an effort to better serve its customer base of small and medium-sized businesses; Ovation has enhanced its existing product to streamline recruiting workflow, increased product accessibility, simplified its pricing and improved upon its already popular mobile platform. Continue reading “Ovation Tech Announces Key Updates”→