Finally some encouraging jobs-related news: About half of workers who got laid off in the last three months say they’ve found a new job, according to researchers at CareerBuilder.com. The survey also said 41% of those laid off have gotten new full-time, permanent positions and another 8% are working part-time.
“There’s a misperception that if you lose your job, you won’t find a new opportunity,” says Jennifer Grasz, spokesperson at CareerBuilder.com.
Can you blame us? It’s not often you hear about companies hiring in this recession. With the nation’s unemployment rate on the rise and many businesses conducting mass layoffs, it seems there is no other story to tell. But we’ve managed to find a number of companies, spread across many industries, actually hiring in droves.
Some may even surprise you, starting with the first:
Google (Stock Quote: GOOG)
Surprised? Despite just announcing 200 layoffs, the world’s biggest search engine is looking to fill about 360 jobs, mainly in the software, sales and engineering departments. Half of the new positions will reportedly be in the United States.
Princeton Review (Stock Quote: REVU)
The test prep company is always on the lookout for part-time tutors and essay graders, according to spokeswoman Harriet Brand. Every year they hire between 3,000 and 4,000 part-time teachers in more than 500 locations. Apply online.
The stimulus act is fueling growth at this green materials development firm. “By the end of the year we’ll double or triple in size…we’re looking to hire hundreds of green jobs,” says Valerie Jenkins, director of marketing and communications. The company recently acquired two window factories that had gone out of business, one in Vandergrift, Pa., and one in Chicago. Serious Materials says it’s in the process of rehiring those plant workers who lost their jobs, about 500 positions. Apply online.
The child care and early education center is expanding during the recession, opening a number of new facilities. Spokesperson Bridget Perry says the company has about 440 job listings, primarily teaching positions in Bright Horizons’ child care centers. You’ll need a college degree and experience working with toddlers and kids. Apply online.
Family Dollar (Stock Quote: FDO)
With plans to open 200 new retail locations by the end of August, the national discount chain is creating new full- and part-time positions working in personnel in distribution centersand corporate offices.