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UPS hiring 95,000 workers nationwide

Not far ahead of the holiday season, UPS is gearing up for an increase in the number of deliveries and services associated with the busy fall and winter months. 

The company announced Wednesday a plan to hire 95,000 employees across the country. 

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The company will offer part- and full-time seasonal jobs, primarily package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers.

According to a news release, seasonal jobs often lead to longer-term positions with UPS, and up to 35 percent of employees hired seasonally over the last three years now have permanent jobs with the company.

“Our seasonal jobs often lead to permanent employment and even careers for some,” UPS CEO David Abney said in the release. “We offer flexible shifts and full- and part-time positions. If you are a student, a working mom or just looking to make extra money for the holidays, we have a job for you.”

Abney and other members of UPS leadership started their careers at the company as part-time workers. 

Seasonal and part-time UPS employees who become full-time permanent workers at the company are eligible for healthcare and retirement benefits, and employees enrolled in college are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in tuition assistance.

Apply for a job at UPS here.

Looking for a job? Here are the top 25 US cities to get hired

A new survey by job site Glassdoor named the country’s top 25 cities to find a job.

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Glassdoor.com, a job site that analyzes data on job openings, quality of life and home values, rated Pittsburgh the No. 1 city for jobs in 2017.

Each city was ranked based on three factors: cost of living, job satisfaction and hiring opportunity. 

According to the report, Pittsburgh has more than 95,000 job openings, with civil engineer, registered nurse and project manager listed as “hot jobs.” The city has a $44,000 median base salary, and the median home value is $137,400.

The report, based on a comparison of the 50 most populated U.S. metropolitan cities, rated cities on a five-point scale to earn a “city score.” Pittsburgh earned 4.4 points, as did Indianapolis, Indiana; Kansas City, Missouri; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; St. Louis, Missouri; and Memphis, Tennessee.

Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles did not make the list.

Here is the full list of the best US cities to get a job, according to Glassdoor:

1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2. Indianapolis, Indiana3. Kansas City, Missouri4. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina5. St. Louis, Missouri6. Memphis, Tennessee7. Columbus, Ohio8. Cincinnati, Ohio9. Cleveland, Ohio10. Louisville, Kentucky11. Birmingham, Alabama12. Detroit, Michigan13. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota14. Hartford, Connecticut15. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma16. Washington D.C.

17. Seattle, Washington

18. Atlanta, Georgia19. Baltimore, Maryland20. Nashville, Tennessee21. Milwaukee, Wisconsin22. San Jose, California23. Chicago, Ilinois24. Charlotte, North Carolina25. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

Amelia Finefrock contributed to this report.

Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey brings job opportunities at FEMA to Texans

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency is hiring Texan workers to help with the recovery process after Hurricane Harvey.

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The new hires will assist teams of local, state and federal workers, along with volunteers from charities and community groups already on the ground, TIME reported.

The agency will work alongside the Texas Workforce Commission to place qualified workers where they can offer the most aid. Each position pays between $14 and $34 per hour.

The positions available through the FEMA program include:

  • Administrative support assistant
  • Civil engineer
  • Communications specialist
  • Construction cost estimator
  • Courier
  • Crisis counselor
  • Customer service specialist
  • Environmental specialist
  • Floodplain management specialist
  • Graphics specialist
  • Hazard mitigation outreach specialist
  • Historic preservation specialist
  • Registered nurse
  • Sign language interpreter
  • Voluntary agency liaison

RELATED: FEMA to states: plan for climate change or lose federal aid

In a press statement announcing the program, FEMA officials said that the agency “gains valuable community insights, provides jobs and puts Texans to work helping Texans.”

One position that demonstrates that mission is the customer service specialist, who will “serve as the primary point of contact for persons inquiring about disaster assistance,” according to the FEMA website.

The duties for this position will also include “assisting disaster victims, processing claim requests for disaster assistance, and providing information regarding available programs to individuals applying for disaster assistance.”

The agency is also opening up positions in its “reservist” program. The “temporary, on-call and intermittent” positions include duties ranging from hazard mitigation and remediation to historic preservation to financial management.

Interested applicants can submit their resumes and applications through the Texas Workforce Commission website or through the FEMA website.

The agency will be announcing new job postings as they become available.

Looking for dream nanny job? Gig offers $129,000 salary and access to life of luxury

Looking for a gig that incorporates your love for children and traveling? One family is on the hunt for a nanny who can keep an eye on their children and four homes, including one in Atlanta and three international locations.

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This month, a London couple posted an opening on childcare.co.uk for a full-time, live-in nanny who would be responsible for caring for four kids ages 2 to 15 for six days a week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

“I feel it is best to be upfront – the role is demanding,” the ad reads. But if you fit the bill, the job comes with some incredible perks.

It pays nearly $129,000 a year and requires the person to maintain the family’s four houses - located in London, Barbados, Cape Town and Atlanta. Additionally, the candidate must participate in the children’s home-school sessions; eat with them at every meal, which will be cooked by a Michelin star chef; and take them to various daily appointments. 

To do so, the nanny will have access to the family’s cars including a Porsche, Range Rover and Maserati, so a clean U.K. driving record is a must. 

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But the couple isn’t seeking the average babysitter. They need a nanny with no children. They must also have a child psychology degree, self-defense training and a minimum of 15 years of nanny experience. The kids must also like the applicant. 

They also noted that binge drinking or drug taking “will not be tolerated.” 

So far the couple has received more than 300 applications and are encouraging people to apply only if they are qualified. 

“If you do not have ALL the necessary qualifications, skills and experience for the role then we would politely request that you do not even bother making an application as it is a waste of our time and yours,” they wrote

Think you’re the perfect person for the job? Submit your application here.

5 highest-paying jobs you can get in Atlanta with an associate degree

If you'd like a job that pays well but don't necessarily have the time or money to invest in a bachelor's degree, there are still plenty of good jobs to be had in metro Atlanta if you have an associate degree. The following are five of the highest paying jobs you can get with a two-year degree, according to Business Insider:

»RELATED: AJC Top workplaces in Atlanta 2017

Air traffic controller

Air traffic controllers have the highest median annual wage of jobs in which a bachelor's degree isn't typically needed. These professionals monitor and direct the movement of aircraft and earn a median annual wage of around $122,950. Long-term on the job training is required, however, and you'll need to be a U.S. citizen and pass medical and background checks. You'll also need to pass exams and a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) course.

Atlanta, of course, is home to Hartsfield-Jackson International, the world's busiest airport. A record 101.5 million passengers came through Hartsfield-Jackson in 2015, which handled more than 882,000 flights.

Architectural and civil drafters

As a drafter, you'll use software to convert designs into technical drawings that can include renderings of buildings, highways or bridges.

Recent job openings in Atlanta for architectural and civil drafters include opportunities to help design commercial construction projects as well as pipeline and petroleum terminal operations. The median annual salary for drafters is around $53,470.

Diagnostic medical sonographers

Ultrasound technology is perhaps best known as a way to check babies in utero, but it's also used to help diagnose many types of medical conditions. Sonographers can specialize in creating non-invasive images of specific parts of the body, such as the heart, vascular or nervous system and work in hospitals, outpatient care centers and doctors' offices.

Recent job listings in Atlanta include hospitals and doctors' offices looking to hire cardiac, vascular and breast ultrasound technologists. Sonographers can expect to earn a median salary of around $67,530.

Paralegals

Paralegals provide help and support to lawyers through services such as conducting research and drafting documents. Over 6,000 paralegals provide legal services in Georgia, and the metro Atlanta area has the fifth highest employment level in the country for this profession.

Most paralegals have an associate's degree or have earned certification in paralegal studies. Their median annual wage is around $48,810, and recent job listings for paralegals in metro Atlanta include openings for paralegals who specialize in immigration and worker's compensation cases, as well as a job with the Atlanta office of Geico staff counsel.

Radiation therapists

Radiation therapists administer radiation treatments to help treat cancer and other diseases. They also work with technology such as CAT scans. They're employed in settings such as hospitals, doctors' offices and outpatient centers. The career has been described by a chief radiation therapist as "a perfect balance between patient care and great technology."

With many major hospitals located in metro Atlanta, healthcare jobs are often plentiful. In fact, the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell metropolitan area ranks near the top for employment of radiation therapists, with an annual mean wage of $80,220.

Here's why you might want to stop using smiley faces in emails

Think you’re being nice when you add a smiley face to the end of your email? According to one study, you could be conveying something else. 

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The new study, titled the “The Dark Side of a Smiley,” examines the “effects of smiling emoticons on virtual first impressions.”

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel found that, contrary to popular belief, virtual smiley faces are not a suitable replacement for an in-person smile.

In fact, “smileys do not increase perceptions of warmth and actually decrease perceptions of competence,” the researchers found. 

The study, which involved 549 participants from 29 countries, tested three experiments to gather findings. 

One experiment revealed that when the gender of the email sender was unknown, recipients assumed it was a woman if the sender used a smiley face. This finding did not correlate with participants’ conclusions with friendliness or competence.

Another experiment found that not only do recipients of professional emails with smiley faces generally view senders as less competent, they’re also less willing to share important information with the sender. When considering two emails that are exactly the same with the only difference being that one includes a smiley face, the one without the emoticon is more commonly effective.

“The study ... found that when the participants were asked to respond to emails on formal matters, their answers were more detailed and they included more content-related information when the email did not include a smiley,” said Dr. Ella Glikson, a post-doctorate fellow at the BGU Department of Management, Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management. “We found that the perceptions of low competence if a smiley is included in turn undermined information sharing.”

Although using smiley faces in professional emails could hinder communication in the workplace with new or unknown contacts and coworkers, the practice is more acceptable and less harmful when used with workplace buddies.

“People tend to assume that a smiley is a virtual smile, but the findings of this study show that in the case of the workplace, at least as far as initial ‘encounters’ are concerned, this is incorrect,” Glikson said.  “For now, at least, a smiley can only replace a smile when you already know the other person. In initial interactions, it is better to avoid using smileys, regardless of age or gender.”

The concise conclusion? 

“In formal business emails, a smiley is not a smile,” Glikson said.

How long do black women have to work to earn as much as white men?

To earn as much as the average white man earned in one year, black women on average have to put in one year and eight months of work.

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And Monday, July 31, known as Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, is the date into 2017 that black women had to work to catch up to what their white male counterparts earned in 2016 alone.

Twitter users, including several notable leaders and celebrities, took to the social media platform Monday to address the wide wage gap:

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women in the United States working full-time and salaried jobs in 2016 earned approximately 20 percent less than what men in the same positions earned.

But that disparity is even worse for black women, who earn 17 percent less than their white female counterparts.

» RELATED: The U.S. doesn’t even crack the top 15 best countries for women 

Statistics show black women in particular are paid approximately 63 cents on the dollar compared to white, non-Hispanic men.

In a Fortune Magazine essay penned by professional tennis player Serena Williams on Monday, Williams calls on her fellow black women to reclaim those 37 cents.

» RELATED: Georgia among worst for women, ranking shows 

“The issue isn’t just that black women hold lower-paying jobs. They earn less even in fields of technology, finance, entertainment, law, and medicine.” she wrote. “Changing the status quo will take dedicated action, legislation, employer recognition, and courage for employees to demand more. In short, it’s going to take all of us. Men, women, of all colors, races and creeds to realize this is an injustice. And an injustice to one is an injustice to all.”

Williams also included surprising findings from a SurveyMonkey poll, including that 69 percent of black women perceive a pay gap, while only 44 percent of white men recognize there’s a pay-gap issue.

“Black women: Be fearless. Speak out for equal pay. Every time you do, you’re making it a little easier for a woman behind you. Most of all, know that you’re worth it. It can take a long time to realize that. It took me a long time to realize it. But we are all worth it. I’ve long said, ‘You have to believe in yourself when no one else does,’ she wrote. “Let’s get back those 37 cents.”

Read Williams’ full essay at Fortune.com.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and her global Lean In organization, which focuses on “empowering women to achieve their ambitions,” have also teamed up with small businesses in Richmond, Virginia; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Atlanta to offer 37 percent discounts to represent the pay gap for black women.

Woman breaks for mental health days; boss' reply goes viral

A Michigan woman who suffers from depression emailed her team at work informing them that she would be taking days off to focus on her mental health and well-being, and her boss’ response has gained much attention online. 

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Madalyn Parker, a web developer at Olark Live Chat, took to Twitter to post a screenshot of her email communication with her co-workers and a supervisor.

In an email titled “Where’s Madalyn?” Parker told her team she’d be taking off two days to renew her mental health. 

“Hopefully, I’ll be back next week refreshed and back to 100%,” she wrote. 

Parker was surprised and delighted by one of the responses she received. She asked the sender if she could post a screenshot of the reply, and he told her yes.

“Hey Madalyn, I just wanted to personally thank you for sending emails like this. Every time you do, I use it as a reminder of the importance of using sick days for mental health,” Ben Cogleton, the CEO of Olark wrote. “I can’t believe this is not a standard practice at all organizations.”

He continued: “You are an example to us all and help cut through the stigma so we can all bring our whole selves to work.”  

Parker’s post of the conversation garnered more than 34,000 likes on Twitter and sparked conversations about companies’ obligation to provide mental health days.

“It’s 2017. I cannot believe that it is still controversial to speak about mental health in the workplace when 1 in 6 Americans are medicated for mental health,” Cogleton wrote in a blog post. “We are in a knowledge economy. Our jobs require us to execute at peak mental performance. When an athlete is injured they sit on the bench and recover. Let’s get rid of the idea that somehow the brain is different.”

Nuclear plant uses bikini contest to hire interns

A nuclear power station in Czech Republic got a toxic reaction from the public after it decided to use a swimsuit contest to hire interns. 

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CEZ's Temelin power station posted to their Facebook page photos of high school graduates posing in bikinis and hard hats last week, USA Today reported.

The post, which has since been deleted, said the woman with the greatest number of likes would be titled “Miss Energy 2017” and get a two-week internship. 

But many Facebook users scrutinized the station, commenting on how the post was “unprofessional” and “distasteful,” CNN reported. 

The plant apologized two days later on Facebook and said all 10 of the contestants would receive internships, Fox News reported.

"The purpose of the competition was to promote technical education," the post read. "But if the original vision raised doubts or concerns, we are very sorry."

Atlanta ranked as one of the top cities to work from home

If working from your home, avoiding traffic jams and dodging endless meetings sound ideal, you're living in the right city. Atlanta has been ranked No. 5 on Realtor.com's list of top cities for freelancers and telecommuters in the U.S.

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To come up with the rankings, the site considered several factors that affect the finances of telecommuters, including median home prices, one-bedroom rental prices and the cost of state and local taxes.

Since freelancers need to cover their own health care costs, the affordability of individual health care plans was considered along with the cost of Internet. And finally, some livability components, such as the city's walkability, the number of coffee shops with free Wi-Fi and the number of bars open at 3 p.m. per capita, were also measured.

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Atlanta's Freelance Forum, a group that helps freelancers network, find jobs and collaborate with each other, was cited by Realtor.com as a great resource. Additionally, the city was recognized for being one of the top 10 U.S. cities where renters can afford to buy a home, and Google Fiber's work on high-speed Internet service in parts of Atlanta was also praised.

The top 10 cities to work from home:

1. Las Vegas

2. Salt Lake City

3. St. Louis

4. Pittsburgh

5. Atlanta

6. Orlando, FL

7. Knoxville, TN

8. Cincinnati

9. Minneapolis

10. New Orleans

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