WBEZ | hiring http://www.wbez.org/tags/hiring Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'Reveal', New Series on WBEZ http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-20/reveal-new-series-wbez-114526 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Reveal-PRX.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>The new year brings a new program you&rsquo;ll be hearing on WBEZ. It&rsquo;s called Reveal.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Reveal is a Peabody Award-winning investigative journalism program for public radio from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. It airs Sunday afternoons at 1pm and it just kicked off.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The first episode explores discrimination in temporary staffing nationwide.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>WBEZ&rsquo;s Chip Mitchell reported one of the pieces in that episode. He tells the story of a Chicago labor organizer who tries to get African-Americans and Latinos to work together to eliminate discrimination against black temp workers.&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 09:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-01-20/reveal-new-series-wbez-114526 Retired Black Chicago Police Want Hiring Halt http://www.wbez.org/news/retired-black-chicago-police-want-hiring-halt-114204 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/6310071171_4b3fe6b551_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A group of retired black&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;Police officers are calling for the department to halt promotions and hiring until federal authorities complete an investigation launched in the wake of the Laquan McDonald shooting.</p><p>At a news conference Thursday, the retired officers joined the ranks of those who have been voicing distrust of leaders including Mayor Rahm Emanuel since last month&#39;s release of the video of the McDonald shooting.</p><p>Retired officer Richard Wooten says that to bring about the reforms people are demanding, African-Americans must be given something they&#39;ve long been denied: a fair shot at joining the department and climbing through the ranks.</p><p>Similar complaints have been raised for years.&nbsp;</p><p>But Wooten says he and others believe now is the time to affect change while the federal<a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.wbez.org/programs/takeaway/2015-12-08/department-justice-will-conduct-wide-ranging-investigation-chicago-pd&amp;sa=U&amp;ved=0ahUKEwij9oHQzOPJAhXj5YMKHZS3ACkQFggFMAA&amp;client=internal-uds-cse&amp;usg=AFQjCNHS0QkC3KyY7jhizkZjSZK9-xpPSQ" target="_blank"> Department of Justice is investigating&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;Police.</a></p></p> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 12:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/retired-black-chicago-police-want-hiring-halt-114204 Swipe right for ... your next job? http://www.wbez.org/programs/marketplace/2015-10-07/swipe-right-your-next-job-113225 <p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The search for jobs &ndash; and for qualified applicants to fill those jobs &ndash; moved online years ago.</span></p><p style="margin: 1.42857em 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Now, job hunters and employers have discovered the power of the smartphone swipe. In much the same way as people use Tinder, the swipe is being put to good use in the context of the job market.</p><p><img alt="" id="1" src="http://www.marketplace.org/sites/default/files/styles/primary-image-766x447/public/levine.JPG?itok=e1S2oZbe" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; text-align: center; height: 175px; width: 300px; float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="27-year-old Arielle Levine of Santa Monica currently has a job in digital marketing, but she is looking for her next job on an app called Jobr. (Marketplace/Brian Watt)" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p><p style="margin: 1.42857em 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">27-year-old Arielle Levine has a job but is looking for another one in the field of digital marketing. She&rsquo;s a devotee of an app called Jobr, which she downloaded a few weeks ago. Levine says she might spend an hour in a Santa Monica coffee shop sifting through job openings on her smartphone.</p><p style="margin: 1.42857em 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">&ldquo;If I&rsquo;m on for an hour, I might swipe 15 rights and 5 lefts,&rdquo; she said. Swiping left means she&rsquo;s taking a pass. Swiping right means she&rsquo;s applying for the job, and it&rsquo;s quickly communicated to the hiring manager who posted the job listing.</p><p style="margin: 1.42857em 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">&ldquo;I think the swipe is such an awesome feature. It&rsquo;s fun. It&rsquo;s creative. And It really lets me have the power,&rdquo; said Levine, a communications major from the University of Arizona.</p><p style="margin: 1.42857em 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">That power is not something she&rsquo;s accustomed to feeling as a job hunter. When she was looking for a job a year ago, she filled out plenty of long and tedious applications online and never heard back from the employers. Levine says she felt like just another resume in a cyber-stack and wondered if a human ever even saw her submission.</p><p style="margin: 1.42857em 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">&ldquo;Then I got this app. It&rsquo;s been two weeks, I&rsquo;ve already had two interviews lined up,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m just really exposed to jobs that would have never come my way if I&rsquo;d just tried looking on other job recruiting sites.&rdquo;</p><p style="margin: 1.42857em 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Jobr launched in May of last year and its creators say it recently passed 50 million job views. Like Jobr, Switch also offers a quick and easy process to create a profile using a resume or a LinkedIn account. Then there&rsquo;s also Anthology, which used to be called &lsquo;Poachable&rsquo;.</p><p style="margin: 1.42857em 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">And coming very soon to the app store: JobSnap, which specifically targets Generation Z (22 years and younger). The app by-passes the resume &ndash; since most people in this age group don&rsquo;t have a lot to put on one &ndash; and instead allows each young job-seeker to create and upload a 30-second video for potential employers.</p><p style="margin: 1.42857em 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Boodie.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;" title="30-year-old Jeff Boodie has created JobSnap for Gen Z job seekers and the industries looking for young workers fast. (Brian Watt)" />JobSnap creator Jeff Boodie is building on his experience in recruiting for companies like Dreamworks Animation and a start-up known as Intern Sushi. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re basically creating a platform for the next generation of first-time job-seekers who love technology and have stories to tell,&rdquo; Boodie said.</p><p style="margin: 1.42857em 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">But he&rsquo;s also focused on businesses like restaurants, hotels and retailers which need to quickly find young employees with people skills. &ldquo;In 30 seconds, you&rsquo;re able to quickly decide if this is somebody you want because you&rsquo;ve already seen them and then you can quickly take the next step.&rdquo;</p><p style="margin: 1.42857em 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Todd Raphael, editor-in-chief at ERE Media, a recruiting information firm, says companies that pay to list jobs on most job-searching apps are mainly in industries where the competition for talent is fierce, like the tech sector.</p><p style="margin: 1.42857em 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">&ldquo;Companies want to convey to job seekers just through the job application process that &#39;yeah, we&rsquo;re hip we&rsquo;re cool, we&rsquo;re with it,&rsquo;&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;that this application process is somewhat emblematic of what it&rsquo;s like to work there,&rdquo; Raphael said.</p><p style="margin: 1.42857em 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">But he says there&rsquo;s a risk to companies paying too much to list job openings that will only be seen and clicked on via smartphone. &ldquo;People are less likely to finish their job applications when they start them on a smartphone versus when they start them on a laptop or desktop with keys like we used to use in the old days,&rdquo; he said.</p><p style="margin: 1.42857em 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, 'DejaVu Serif', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">&mdash; <em><a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/swipe-right-your-next-job" target="_blank">via Marketplace</a></em></p></p> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/marketplace/2015-10-07/swipe-right-your-next-job-113225 Morning Shift: Photos, vets and violence http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-10/morning-shift-photos-vets-and-violence-108009 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Guns-Flickr- tdub303.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hiring Our Heroes works to get Vets back into the job force. Senior Director Ross Cohen explains challenges vets face with employment. Also, photographer Richard Renaldi&#39;s new project &quot;Touching Strangers&quot; explores our connection to each other.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-23.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-23" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Photos, vets and violence" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-10/morning-shift-photos-vets-and-violence-108009 Private hiring up, but so are layoffs http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-03/private-hiring-so-are-layoffs-90035 <p><p>Two reports sent mixed signals about the job market Wednesday.</p><p>Companies added 114,000 jobs in July, but job cuts rose to a 16-month high, according to two private reports. The numbers come two days before Friday's official July jobs report from the Labor Department.</p><p>Payroll processor ADP said employment in the services sector rose 121,000 last month, but goods-producing jobs fell by 7,000. The report "suggests that employment continued to advance at a moderate pace in July," but employment is decelerating, ADP said.</p><p>A separate report from the global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said a "sudden and unexpected burst" in company downsizing accounted for 66,414 announced job cuts in July. That's up 60 percent from the previous month.</p><p>Several reports have pointed to continued economic weakness. Growth slowed sharply in the first half of the year. Gross domestic product increased at a annual rate of 1.3 percent in the second quarter after growing just 0.4 percent in the first three months of 2011. And consumer spending declined in June for the first time in nearly two years.</p><p>"The slowdown in employment makes more sense in light of last week's revised GDP numbers showing the economy grew slower late last year and this year than initially reported," ADP said. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. <img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1312382362?&gn=Private+Hiring+Up%2C+But+So+Are+Layoffs&ev=event2&ch=1017&h1=Economy,Business,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=138950281&c7=1017&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1017&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110803&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></div></p></p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 08:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-03/private-hiring-so-are-layoffs-90035 Chicago small businesses express optimism for 2011 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/chicago-small-businesses-express-optimism-2011 <p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]-->A majority of small business owners in Chicago say they expect business this year to be as good or better than last year. A survey by Citibank shows more optimism among small business owners in Chicago than in the country as a whole.</p><p>But business owners in Chicago are worried about rising costs for things like health care and raw materials. So a large majority of them have no plans to hire more people this year.</p><p>Raj Seshadri is the head of small business banking for Citibank.</p><p>&quot;What they&rsquo;re not ready to do is grow employment,&quot; Seshadri said. &quot;So their plans for hiring are relatively flat.&quot;</p><p>Two-thirds of Chicago small business owners say they don&rsquo;t plan to raise prices this year. Seshadri said that&rsquo;s better than the national average. To stay profitable as costs rise, she said business owners plan to work more hours themselves.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 06:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/chicago-small-businesses-express-optimism-2011 Preckwinkle takes Berrios to task for hiring family members http://www.wbez.org/story/assessor-joe-berrios/preckwinkle-takes-berrios-task-hiring-family-members <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//IMG_6401.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is taking the county's assessor to task for hiring his family members. Newly-sworn in Joe Berrios put his son and sister on the assessor payroll this week. Berrios is also the chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party.</p><p>Preckwinkle said the hirings give the appearance of impropriety.</p><p>&quot;I think it's critically important that we bring talented, competent people into government,&quot;&nbsp;Preckwinkle said. &quot;And I'm not - in the 19 years that I've been alderman, I never hired any family members and I think it's inappropriate.&quot;</p><p>Preckwinkle says she does not regret supporting Berrios' campaign for assessor. She also announced 22 county employees under former Board President Todd Stroger have been let go.</p></p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 20:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/assessor-joe-berrios/preckwinkle-takes-berrios-task-hiring-family-members Deadline looms for police exam http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-police/deadline-looms-police-exam <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//CPD Badge.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-family: Garamond;"><o:p></o:p></span>If you're considering joining the Chicago police department, you better get a move on.&nbsp;The application deadline to take the Chicago Police Department's written exam is today.</p><p>CPD will administer the exam on&nbsp;December 11th, which will mark the first time in four years that the department has conducted such an exam.</p><p>CPD plans to hire as many as 200 new police officers in 2011 to make up for a shortage in manpower. &nbsp;The minimum age to apply for the force is 25.</p><p>Hiring in the department has slowed during the past two years, so much so that it's ranks are more than 2,000 officers per day short of its authorized strength.</p><p>Those wanting to apply can do so at www.chicago-police.org.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 20:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-police/deadline-looms-police-exam