Local Restaurant Owner Shares How He Competes in Tight Labor Market


The labor market right now is tight, particularly in the hospitality industry, and it’s tough to attract talent. But unlike most other smaller restaurateurs, the CEO of Ling’s Wok Shop and Ling and Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill plans to grow with a multi-pronged strategy based on giving back to the community. This will include traditional recruitment, opportunities for growth and … [More]

Study on American Workers’ Reasons for Switching Jobs Released


University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies announces the release of a whitepaper examining factors contributing to employee turnover, as well as possible solutions: “American Workers’ Reasons for Switching Jobs.” Drawing upon data from the 2022 University of Phoenix Career Institute™ Career Optimism Index® study, Louise Underdahl, Ph.D., a Research Fellow with the … [More]

5 Steps to Overcoming a Skills Gap and Increasing Your Earning Power


The U.S. labor shortage remains problematic for many employers, and a skills gap is exacerbating the situation as companies struggle to find employees who fit their needs. According to McKinsey & Company, 87% of companies worldwide acknowledge either a current or future skills gap. As people seek a new position or advancement in the wake of the Great Resignation, Great … [More]

Walmart Raises Driver Pay for Nearly 370 Arizona Truck Drivers


Walmart recently announced they are raising pay for its private fleet of truck drivers, including the nearly 370 truck drivers in Arizona. Additionally, they are also launching a new fleet development program to train the next generation of drivers. Together, these investments will ensure Walmart remains one of the best companies in the world to drive for and will help them … [More]

Healthcare Certifications Top List of Well-Paying Careers by U.S. News and World Report


"U.S. News and World Report" just released a list of 15 certifications that can lead to well-paying careers. Of the 15 listed, the majority of those careers were in the medical field. All of those medical careers are available at Pima Medical Institute. While not every program is available at every Pima Medical location, several are. Medical Assistant and Medical Secretary, … [More]

Insurance Co. Ups Minimum Wage in Scottsdale to $21 per Hour


Along with a market-leading, flexible work model, Nationwide is again raising the minimum wage it will pay for its workforce.  The Columbus, Ohio-based Fortune 100 insurance and financial services provider is raising its minimum pay to $21 per hour, effective April 4, which makes it a leading employer providing one of the highest minimum wages in the country. The change will … [More]

Virtual-Reality Training Aims to Help Growing Demand in Skilled Trade Jobs 

by Mike Hunter 

StrataTech Education Group, a leading operator of skilled trade schools, recently launched a virtual reality training program called OcuWeld. The program, which uses Oculus Quest 2 technology, is among the first to use this revolutionary technology for students to practice welding skills outside of the classroom.  The program launches at a time when demand for skilled trade … [More]

Filling and Diversifying the Workforce for High-Tech Industries

by Mike Hunter

As part of its effort to diversify the workforce and increase recruitment of women into the skilled trades, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. teamed up with Ignite Worldwide to provide $100,000 in tuition grants for female and female-identifying students interested in pursuing a technical education at UTI and careers in STEM-related fields.  “We’re constantly hearing from … [More]

Governor Ducey Launches Effort to Hire Veterans


Governor Doug Ducey launched a plan to nearly double veterans in the state workforce, building on his commitment to make Arizona the best state for veterans in the country. “Arizona has a message for the men and women who’ve served our country in uniform – we value your experience, we value your skills and we want you to come work for our state,” said Governor Ducey. “The … [More]

Education Group Launches New Training Solution to Reskill and Upskill the Skilled Trades


StrataTech Education Group, a long-time leader in training skilled professionals, launched StrataSkills Industry Solutions as a workforce development and retention solution for electrician, welder, and HVAC/R employers nationwide. StrataSkills launches when industry demand for trained workforces and certain skillsets are at an all-time high. “Reskilling and upskilling are … [More]

5 Assumptions That May Cost You the Job Even in the Best of Times

Rick McCartney

One has only to listen to the media for a reminder of the current strong job market.  Employer starting salaries and work/balance accommodations have arguably never been better, and many organization are practically begging for qualified new employees.  And yet…countless job seekers with strong qualifications are falling short in efforts to gain new employment. For many, … [More]

2 in 3 U.S. Companies Plan to Expand Their Teams in First Half of 2022, Says Report


The job market will continue its recovery well into 2022, research from talent solutions and business consulting firm Robert Half suggests. According to the company’s State of U.S. Hiring Survey of more than 2,300 senior managers, 65% of respondents anticipate adding new permanent positions in the first half of the year, up 14 points from six months ago; another 33% expect to … [More]

Need an Extra Boost with Your Career? A Mentor Can Help


The importance of mentors was on full display when retired Navy Capt. Barbara Bell recently attended the unveiling of a new exhibit that featured her and seven other women in aviation at Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Maryland. One of the other women in attendance, Colleen Nevius, the first woman to graduate from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, once served as a mentor … [More]

Real Estate License Can Open Door for Career Change

Rick McCartney

With an unprecedented number of workers reexamining their career paths, the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) is kicking off its next Raise The Bar Pre-licensing Class on Feb. 7. In just six weeks, aspiring agents will be equipped with the knowledge and tools for a new career into one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets. “Whether you’re looking to … [More]

Phoenix Water Services Seeking to Hire over 55 Critical Positions

City of Phoenix

Phoenix Water Services is seeking to hire over 55 utility technician trainee positions immediately. Interested applicants must apply by Dec. 28, 2021, to be invited to the utility technician trainee hiring event. The hiring event will take place on Jan. 11, 2022, at South Mountain Community Center located at 212 E. Alta Vista Rd. Interviews will be held between 8:30 a.m. - … [More]

Amazon Announces Plans to Create 550 New Jobs at Phoenix Tech Hub


Amazon announced plans to create more than 550 corporate and tech jobs in Tempe, Arizona, over the next few years, further expanding the company’s Phoenix Tech Hub. These new roles will support Amazon’s growing teams in Consumer Retail, Amazon Web Services, and Operations, and include positions such as software development engineers, senior solution architects, project … [More]

Returning to the Job Market? 5 Tips to Leverage Your Skills and Find Fulfillment


The good news for people looking for work is that a large labor shortage continues, and job seekers are gaining leverage as employers, struggling to fill openings, offer extra incentives. But those positive signs for workers wanting to re-enter the workforce don’t guarantee jobs that are a good fit, and an honest self-reassessment is necessary when weighing possibilities in … [More]

First-of-Its-Kind Virtual Reality Training Aims to Help Growing Demand in Skilled Trade Jobs


StrataTech Education Group, a leading operator of skilled trade schools, launches an all-new virtual reality training program called OcuWeld. The program, which uses Oculus Quest 2 technology, will be among the first to use this revolutionary technology for students to practice welding skills outside of the classroom. The program launches at a time when demand for skilled … [More]

Should You Send Your Boss a Holiday Greeting? 8 Dos and Don’ts for Holiday Greetings

Allison & Taylor Inc.

While sending out a holiday card to your boss is likely a good idea, even this generous gesture can backfire if the proper protocols aren't observed. Do’s & Don’ts to ensure your card is well received: Please see 8 Do’s & Don’ts to ensure your card is well received: Choose a high-quality holiday card that allows no possibility of offending its recipient. … [More]

3 Tips for Deciding Whether to Accept or Reject an Early Retirement Offer

by Calvin Goetz

You’ve spent years planning and saving for your retirement. And then, out of the blue, your employer hands you an early retirement offer that could change everything. An early retirement offer is a financial incentive to resign when an employer needs to reduce payroll costs. It could be a boon, giving you the freedom to pursue other activities. Or it could be an unwanted … [More]

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