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Homeless man receives donated suit, gains hope, job

Brian Smith of Salt Lake City, Utah said he hit rock bottom after losing his job last February, but a new suit helped turn everything around.

“These last 10 months, I’ve lost my faith in humanity, in God, in life,” Smith told KSL. “There were many times when shotguns looked very tempting.”

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Smith submitted 180 resumes to different job openings, and he was hit with rejection after rejection until eventually, he became homeless. He spent months sleeping in cars, on friends’ couches and occasionally in hotels. Then, Smith learned about Utah Woolen Mills, a clothing store that pledged to give away hundreds of suits to those looking for jobs.

According to the store’s website, for every suit sold in 2017, Utah Woolen Mills will give away one suit to a struggling man "committed to improving his life for the better."

Within a day of going to his first interview in his new suit, Smith was offered a job.

“I didn’t think it would happen to me, and it did, and I owe them so much,” said Smith. “I thank them from the bottom of my heart.”

Read more at KSL.

Cards Against Humanity seeks CEO, describes Obama in job posting

Less than a week after Barack Obama officially left the White House and Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, at least two companies have offered the former president employment opportunities. 

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Spotify, pointing to popular playlists publicly shared by Obama, created a "president of the playlists" position that listed duties and qualifications specific to the 44th president. 

>> Spotify offers President Obama a job post-White House

And popular card game Cards Against Humanity sought Obama's services in a CEO role that the company posted on LinkedIn.

The Chicago-based company listed the requirements as follows: 

• Strong public speaking skills  • Steady disposition, remains cool under pressure  • Willing to inherit the consequences of eight years of irresponsible spending  • Excellent negotiator able to deal with stubborn opposition  • Experience hunting terrorist masterminds  • Minimum eight years experience (as) president of the United States of America or equivalent nation  • Strongly prefer the first black editor of Harvard Law Review  • Must currently hold a national approval rating of 61 percent or higher  • Passed comprehensive health care reform  • Natural-born citizen of the United States  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint 

The listing also noted that "the ideal candidate will be excited to travel for work and be a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize."

"This year, we wasted an enormous amount of time and energy trying to get Hillary Clinton elected president," the company wrote. "It's been a great run, but now it's time for real adult leadership."

>> Obama says he'll write a book and 'be quiet for a while' after White House exit

Card Against Humanity describes itself as the No. 1 bestselling party game "for horrible people."

The listing, though still live, is closed to applicants.

>> Barack, Michelle Obama discuss post-White House plans

Barack and Michelle Obama have said that they will focus on the Obama Foundation and plans to open the Obama Center, a presidential center on the south side of Chicago, after taking a short break from work and political duties.

Spotify offers President Obama a job post-White House

After he leaves the White House, President Obama plans to work with the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and to write a book.

But during a recent conversation with former Swedish ambassador Mark Brzezinski at the White House, Obama said, "I'm still waiting for my job at Spotify … 'Cause I know y'all loved my playlist," according to Brzezinski's wife

>> Obama says he'll write a book and 'be quiet for a while' after White House exit

After hearing about Obama's joke, Spotify responded by creating a job specifically for him and posting it on its careers page.

The position is for "president of the playlists," and it has some distinct requirements, including having "at least eight years experience running a highly regarded nation" and "someone with good team spirit, excellent work ethic, a friendly and warm attitude and a Nobel Peace Prize."

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The company's CEO, Daniel Ek, notified Obama via Twitter of the job posting, writing: "Hey @BarackObama, I heard you were interested in a role at Spotify. Have you seen this one?"

Hey @BarackObama, I heard you were interested in a role at Spotify. Have you seen this one? https://t.co/iragpCowpO— Daniel Ek (@eldsjal) January 9, 2017

Here are the listed qualifications:

  • Have at least eight years' experience running a highly regarded nation.
  • Familiarity with the Spotify platform, with experience in programming playlists at a federal level, anything from an eclectic summer playlist to a celebratory "I just found my birth certificate" playlist.
  • Have good relationships with a wide range of artists and musicians.
  • Can speak passionately about playlists at press events.
  • A keen attention to detail and consistency. Able to work closely with other departments so playlists can hold up to public scrutiny.
  • Someone with good team spirit, excellent work ethic, a friendly and warm attitude, and a Nobel Peace Prize.

And here are some of the position's duties:

  • Provide world-class leadership to our playlist editors and supporting staff.
  • Identify and substantiate new playlist ideas, e.g., from a playlist for shooting hoops with your friends, to the perfect warm-up playlist for addressing the nation about health care legislation that bears your name.
  • Analyze data and performance of playlists in a clear and transparent manner using all available intelligence. Attend daily briefings.

Obama has been sharing his personal Spotify playlists since 2015.

How to get a job at the Tyler Perry Studios

Tyler Perry Studios is scheduled to open in the coming year, and the Fort McPherson site has the potential to bring thousands of jobs to Atlanta. But if you want to work there, you've got to follow some pretty specific directions to be considered.

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First off, there isn't a job board for the positions. Hopefuls are required to register with the Urban League of Greater AtlantaAtlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA), Georgia Film AcademyMarinella Hume CastingTrojan Labor Atlanta or Express Employment Professionals. Each of the companies will place your information into a system that allows those in charge of hiring to find you – if you fit the profile for what they happen to be searching for. The studio has quite a defined hiring process, and it varies depending on where you live Atlanta and metro communities.

The best way to get started is to contact one of the six companies listed above and fill out the required paperwork. Also, complete any competency tests needed to get in the systems, so you're ready when the positions become available. For Atlanta residents, the AWDA will provide basic training, and there is the potential for childcare and transportation as well. The Urban League is for all metro Atlanta residents, while the Georgia Film Academy helps with entry-level positions on set. For those interested in breaking into acting, the casting agency is the place to start. Trojan and Express are both standard staffing agencies, which place people in a variety of positions.

Although the studio can be contacted by using a form on their website, they will not return requests for job information, and will direct you to one of the partnering companies.

According to the website for Tyler Perry Studios, they are seeking people "with a genuine passion for film and television. With our ever-expanding company we are always looking for talented and creative people to assist in bringing imagination to reality. If you want a career that inspires, work that expands your creativity, gives you the chance to live your passion, grow and evolve then come join our team."

There have been several positions already filled in construction and security work at the building that was once part of the now decommissioned Army base. Sitting about 10 minutes away from downtown Atlanta and the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the studio sits on more than 30-acres, and will boast 12 sound stages, a post production facility, a 400-seat theater and a private screening room. It is the first major sound stage for major motion pictures on the East Coast.

Glassdoor releases 'Best Places to Work' list

Looking for a new job? 

Glassdoor just released its revised list of the 50 best places to work

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Glassdoor, a website where employees and former employees anonymously review companies, used employee feedback about their work experiences between Nov. 2, 2015, and Oct. 30, 2016, to rank the businesses. 

According to the site, Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm, is the best place to work in 2017. The company rose to the No. 1 spot after ranking second the year before. 

Social media network Facebook snagged the No. 2 spot this year.

"Most employees speak favorably about their ability to have a real impact here," said Facebook's head of human resources, Lori Goler, according to Tech Crunch. "Many talk about the flexibility in the way we work. Your manager is there to care for you, set context and help you play to your strengths, give you feedback and goals, but let you do whatever you need to get there."

Glassdoor community expert Scott Dobroski said Facebook, which made the list for the seventh time, ranked high, in part, because of compensation and benefits satisfaction. 

Airbnb, which ranked No. 35, dropped 34 spots from its No. 1 spot the year before

Dobroski said the drop was because of reviews from employees who said the company has seen an increase in bureaucracy and a decrease in transparency from senior leaders, Tech Crunch reported.

Bain & Company, Google (No. 4) and Apple (No. 36) have appeared on the list every year since it debuted in 2008.

Clorox (No. 12) and lululemon (No. 38) were among 14 companies that made the list for the first time. 

Other popular companies that made the list include LinkedIn (No. 8), Adobe (No. 9), Delta Air Lines (No. 21), Zillow (No. 29) and Microsoft (No. 37). 

Glassdoor also created lists for the best small and medium-sized companies to work for in the U.S. and the best companies to work for in Canada and the UK

See the full list on Glassdoor

Top job openings will require certifications, college degrees

A new study shows that in the next five years, Washington State will grow its jobs by nearly three times the national average, but that students do not have the credentials to fill those positions.

Between 2016 and 2021, a study commissioned by Washington Roundtable predicts 740,000 job openings. Most will be filled by people with postsecondary education or training.

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The study, conducted by The Boston Consulting Group, then found that only 31 percent of Washington students in the high school class of 2006 actually earned a postsecondary credential.

“We live here, we work here, our kids go to school here, and we want as many of our Washington kids to be able to qualify for the Washington jobs,” said Neil Strege, vice president of Washington Roundtable.

Of the 740,000 job openings:

-20 percent will be entry-level positions.

-45 percent will be median-salary pathway jobs, which can lead to higher-paying careers.

-35 percent will be career jobs, with higher starting salaries.

In each of those categories, here are the top 10 most in-demand jobs in the next five years:

Entry-level Jobs:

1. food prep and serving

2. waiter and waitress

3. farmworker and laborer crop/nursery/greenhouse

4. janitors and cleaners

5. maids and housekeeping

6. landscaping

7. childcare worker

8. personal care aide

9. counter attendants, café/concession/coffee shop

10. food preparation workers

Pathway Jobs:

1. retail salesperson

2. cashier

3. customer service rep

4. laborer, freight, stock and material mover

5. general office clerk

6. carpenter

7. construction laborer

8. teacher assistant

9. stock clerks

10. secretaries and admin assistants

Career Jobs:

1. software app developer

2. registered nurse

3. accountant and auditor

4. sales rep, wholesale and manufacturing

5. general and ops manager

6. elementary school teacher

7. computer programmer

8. management analyst

9. computer systems analyst

10. electrician

“Those blue collar jobs now require higher skills than they have in the past. So if you want to become a welder, you have to get a credential to become a welder,” said Strege.

Washington Roundtable’s goal is to more than double the number of students obtaining postsecondary certification or degrees by 2030.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound are starting to make that change in their own way.

Louis Garcia, the CEO and president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, said this school year, they launched a program to mentor 35 freshmen at West Seattle High School.

He said some students, especially from low-income backgrounds, have significant barriers in getting to college, which sets them behind for earning high-paying jobs later.

“They may have pressures from home to come back, to help support the family, to help feed some siblings, and so there’s a pull to get away from college,” Garcia said.

The program promises to have one-on-one mentors for these 35 students through high school and two years after high school. They have weekly workshops and hold face-to-face meetings with mentors once a month.

They also take the students into corporate office settings, which can sometimes be the student’s first experience in that type of environment.

“What does it feel like? What are the sounds, the conversations?” Garcia said.

Robots could take 6 percent of US jobs by 2021

Robots are taking over the work world, but that doesn't mean machines will take everyone's jobs -- for now.

A study by Forrester Research found 6 percent of all U.S. jobs will be replaced by robots by 2021, starting with those in customer service.

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Forrester found that eventually, robots will take over most craftsmen and factory jobs. They'll also come for taxi and truck drivers. Uber is already at the forefront of that innovation.

While these robots can be good for companies looking to cut costs and increase efficiency, where does that leave employees who get the boot?

The argument for a more automated workforce is that it will create new jobs in robot creation and robot management.

But that argument can really only apply to those capable of becoming engineers. Not everyone can create artificial intelligence software.

And there's not a lot anyone can do to stop artificial intelligence from seeping into the work world.

McDonald's has been using self-service ordering kiosks in various locations since last year. Other food chains followed suit.

Presently, most robots are basic in function. They can take commands, like Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri. But over the next several years, those robots will learn how to do even more.

That includes the ability to predict human behavior and figure out complex scenarios.

For now, it appears jobs that require physical interaction, like management, are in the clear, along with jobs that can be unpredictable, like construction work, but for how long is unclear.

Job hunting? UPS to hire 95,000 seasonal workers for the holidays

United Parcel Service Inc. said Wednesday that it plans to hire about 95,000 seasonal and part-time workers to support the surge in business expected during the upcoming holiday shopping season.

The Sandy Springs, Georgia-based package-delivery giant said it expects to hire primarily package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers to help with the annual holiday rush from November through January.

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“We’re ready to kick off our annual holiday hiring process, and need lots of great people for various positions on all shifts across the country,” said Myron Gray, president of UPS's U.S. operations. “UPS delivers the holidays, and we also deliver some of the best temporary jobs in the country for tens of thousands of Americans.”

While most of the temporary positions will disappear after the holidays, UPS noted that about 37 percent of people hired seasonally in 2015 now have permanent jobs with the company.

America's median household income had its fastest growth on record

A new government report shows the median household income increased 5 percent between 2014 and 2015 -- the fastest growth on record.

It's the first time that measure has increased since 2007. At the end of that year, the Great Recession began.

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Last year's median household income in real terms was $56,500 -- almost $3,000 higher than the year before.

About 43 million Americans still lived in poverty in 2015, but the report notes that that's about 3.5 million fewer people than in 2014. The poverty rate in 2015 sat at 13.5 percent but still saw its lowest one-year drop since 1968 to get there.

The country's lowest earners also saw the largest increases percentage-wise in their incomes. 

Average incomes increased across almost all regions of the country. However, workers in rural areas didn't see a significant boost in pay.

Asian-Americans were the only racial group that didn't see a significant increase in income, but that demographic still has the highest average income overall.

Target hiring 70,000 workers for the holiday season

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Looking for a seasonal job? Look no further than your neighborhood Target store. 

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The company said Monday that it plans to hire at least 70,000 seasonal workers during the busy fall and winter months.

"The Target team is famous for serving up exceptional shopping experiences," said Janna Potts, chief stores officer of Target. "We can't wait to welcome new seasonal team members on board to help us make the holidays extra bright for our guests. And new this year, all of our 1,800 stores will host dedicated hiring events in October, meeting with thousands of prospective candidates in just 48 hours."

Fortune pointed out that the retailer opened the same number of positions last year during the same time. The stagnant number reflects a slowdown in the retailer's business, the magazine noted.

But Target can report an increase in the starting wage for many workers, which is a positive improvement to the company's employment benefits.

Target also plans to hire an additional 7,500 people for distribution facilities, which ship online orders and send products to stores.

"Our distribution teams will be major players in that game, helping us get all those products to guests in time to host holiday events, give gifts and celebrate all season long," said Carson Landsgard, senior vice president of distribution at Target.

The discount chain said it will hold hiring events at all of its 1,800 stores on Oct. 14 and 15. Candidates can also apply online.

The company also said existing employees will get "first dibs" on any extra holiday hours they want.

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