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The Week’s Best Hiring News: Week of May 10, 2010

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Another week, another batch of companies and government organizations deciding to throw caution to the winds and at least think about adding to their human capital. Scroll down for news on companies hiring in tech, finance, and other industries all across the country.

  • Arguably the biggest hiring story of the week came out of Washington D.C., and it didn’t have any new jobs attached to it: just a commitment that the government would streamline its hiring processes in order to fill its estimated 270,000 vacancies in a more timely fashion. For added insight, check out Vault’s take on the subject. Also in the realm of government, Congress is examining the policy of allowing employers to use credit history to make hiring decisions, or for insurers to make coverage decisions. And when we say examining, we mean: looking to reduce the practice, if not ban it altogether.
  • Seems like every week we’re seeing positive reports on the tech industry’s hiring prospects. This week’s offering: a report from eWeek that says “Financial execs who work at technology companies are saying they feel a tad more positive about hiring and the economy in general.” Try not to get too excited about that industry’s prospects, won’t you?Still, some tech companies are doing their bit: Google is hiring a head of social and as many as 300 temporary workers who will be tasked with improving Google Maps. And Cisco is planning to hire thousands of workers over the next few quarters, while seeking to make some acquisitions as well. And all of that comes on the back of the positive April jobs report, where 17,300 of the 290,000 job gains were in tech.
  • Not quite such good news for a sector of the economy that got a lot of play during the Presidential elections: the Wall Street Journal reports that hiring at small businesses is lagging. How badly? Apparently “more small-business owners say they plan to eliminate jobs compared with those that expect to create new jobs over the next three months.”
  • One doesn’t know whether to cheer for Anderson County, S.C. or feel sorry for. On the one hand, “The greatest thing that’s happened in Anderson County’s history” happened just this week. On the other, that statement was made regarding First Quality Tissue’s decision to locate in the County, creating 1,000 jobs in the process. While the move is undoubtedly good news—and would be for any community in the country right now—one does wonder just how dull the entire rest of the county’s history has been.
  • In other news from South Carolina, meanwhile, Spartanburg firm 3R is hiring around 200 people to help with the clean-up efforts from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. While it’s not C-suite work, it’s a chance to make a genuine difference, and have a real example of crisis management on your resume. Further details: “3R will provide free training, and room and board will be provided for those who go to work for them. Those hired will be cleaning oil off beaches, putting in booms and skimmers, putting down oil absorption material, etc. Pay starts at $12 per hour.”
  • Great news! New York’s MTA is hiring lots of managers!
  • Terrible news! The MTA has an $800 million deficit and is cutting cleaning crews.
  • We can’t say this any clearer than the lede writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, so we’ll get out of their way: “In a bid to strengthen its position in the Mid-Atlantic and New England states, the parent of Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania is spending $500 million on technology, hiring 80 lenders for small- and mid-sized companies, and adding 100 mortgage bankers.”
  • And now, proof that sometimes we do save the best for last. Frat boys, start your engines: The World Beer Pong Tour is hiring a marketing manager. And, while we can certainly help with a profession description, we haven’t quite got around to including The World Beer Pong Tour as one of our featured companies. Yet.
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