22. March 2010 | Show Originial
Pittsburgh, PA, 3/12/2010– As the local economy begins to recover from the worst downturn since the collapse of the steel mills, The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and www.EmploymentGuide.com have combined efforts for the sixth consecutive year to bring together jobseekers with companies who seek their talents.

On Tuesday, March 23rd, from 9:30AM to 2:00PM at Mellon Arena more than 30 Pittsburgh area employers and schools, featuring career opportunities from Bettis Labs, and 100's of employment opportunities from the U.S. Census Bureau, will meet and interview hundreds of job seekers at the 2010 Pittsburgh Diversity Employment and Career Education Expo. Attendance is expected to exceed 1,000 Pittsburgh area residents seeking a new career. Last years 3 events attracted over 4,000 total job seekers and resulted in more than 450 job offers. Job Seekers will enter through gate 10. Attendance for job seekers is free and no pre-registration is required.

Co-sponsored by The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and www.EmploymentGuide.com, the 2010 Pittsburgh Employment and Career Education Expo is part of the “Hire Commitment” Job Fair Series, taking place in more than 50 cities across the country throughout 2010. The job fair series allows jobseekers to have personal contact with perspective employers.

Participating employers will seek to fill entry-level to management level positions and represent industries such as health care, engineering, IT, customer service, hospitality, retail, office/clerical, sales, skilled trades, and more.

Adding to the success of this new job fair series is support from associations interested in supporting their members including: the AARP Foundation WorkSearch and the Allegheny County Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

A Partial list of current employers and schools includes:

Bettis Labs
U.S. Census Bureau
All-State Truck Driving School
Aramark Mellon Arena
Army National Guard
Barber National Institute
Callos Companies
CCAC North Campus
CitiGroup Financial Services
City of Pittsburgh
Colonial Life Insurance Company
Everest Institute
Geneva College
H & R Block
Kaplan Career Institute
Life Pittsburgh
Lifesteps, Inc.
Mainstay Life Services
Pittsburgh Job Corp
Pittsburgh Multicultural Cosmetology Academy
Sanford Brown Career School
SMG Management, Mellon Arena
Southwestern Pa Commission, CommuteInfo
Transitional Services, Inc
US Army Reserves
US Navy
Valvolene Instant Oil Change Centers
Wright Automotive Group

This list will be updated weekly untill the event.

05. April 2010 | Show Originial
Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is looking for adult volunteers who want to help young people overcome disadvantages and avoid delinquency. The effort is part of a new national mentoring program known as Goodwill GoodGuides(tm), designed to help teens finish school and transition into productive careers through the guidance of trusted adults. Currently, over 50 at-risk youth throughout the area have been identified and are waiting on support from the GoodGuidesTM program. Because of this, there is an urgent need for volunteers to offer help for these young people.

"Goodwill has a long history of helping people find work," said Michael J. Smith, Goodwill SWPA President / CEO. "A crucial part of that history is making sure that families are strong. Adults who become Goodwill GoodGuides(tm) will help keep youth who are at-risk get on the right path, stay away from trouble and prepare for a better future."

The program targets youths between the ages of 12 and 17 who are at risk for dropping out of school, facing legal troubles, or at risk for delinquency due to issues such as abuse, disability or drug or alcohol dependence. Its overall goal is to help potentially troubled young people build career plans and skills by providing structured and supportive relationships with trusted adult mentors. Specific goals are improved school attendance and academic scores, high school graduation, career exploration, job shadowing, service learning and financial literacy.

"Goodwill can readily identify many young people who can benefit from this program because of our extensive work with individuals and families with various disadvantages," Mr. Smith said. "Our challenge is to find enough qualified adults who are willing to make a commitment to serve as mentors and to engage at-risk youths in promoting their career development and life skills."

GoodGuides(tm) volunteer mentors must be 21 or older, submit to a background check, and agree to a one-year commitment. They will receive mentor training and be required to communicate weekly with the youths, spend six to eight hours a month with them, and communicate monthly with the Goodwill mentoring specialist.

Mentors from the business community will be asked to share insights into the working world and to help youths explore career challenges and opportunities.

For more information about becoming a volunteer mentor or to suggest a youth who might benefit from this program, please contact Jackie Abel-Stavropoulos, Program Manager with Goodwill SWPA, at 412-390-2308 or Jackie.stavropoulos@goodwillswpa.org.

03. May 2010 | Show Originial

Pittsburgh has once again been named America’s Most Livable City, this time by Forbes magazine. Using 5 criteria to rank the top 200 metros, Pittsburgh came in number one on the strength of relatively low unemployment and low crime rates. For the rest of the story go to http://bit.ly/aObeLY
12. May 2010 | Show Originial
From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette;

Applications for around 555 summer youth jobs available through the city of Pittsburgh will be accepted starting today, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's office announced Tuesday.

City residents ages 14 to 21 may apply to the Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program. Paid for with federal funds, the program places young people in outdoor work improving parks or vacant lots, or indoor internships with area businesses.

The jobs pay $7.25 an hour for as much as 30 hours per week, from July 6 through Aug. 13.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10132/1057425-53.stm
07. June 2010 | Show Originial
The Pittsburgh Metro gained 7,300 jobs (seasonally Adjusted) in April; the highest month to month gain since 2001. At the same time, the unemployment rate increased from 8.4 to 8.5% as more job seekers entered/re-entered the job market in the improving economy.

Within the Pittsburgh MSA (metro survey area), five of the counties’ unemployment rates decreased, but the two that increased were enough to make the overall rate edge up. Unemployment rates in the MSA ranged from 7.8 percent in Butler County to 10.2 percent in Fayette County.

Goods producers in the Pittsburgh MSA totaled 143,000 jobs in April, up 5,800 from March. This was the second largest monthly increase for goods-producing industries on record, eclipsed only by a gain of 6,300 in April 1998. All three goods-producing supersectors increased, but the majority of jobs were added in construction due to warmer weather.

Month to month strength was seen across the board, but in particular, in construction, hospitality and business services. A major job index has named Pittsburgh one of the top five stable markets in the country based on the diversity of job makeup that is not relying on only one or two industries to supply a large portion of the metro’s jobs. For more details click here: http://bit.ly/b2l1G2

08. July 2010 | Show Originial
www.EmploymentGuide.com® and The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh partner to
sponsor the “2010 Pittsburgh Employment and Career Education Expo

We all know what the first events at the new Consol Energy Center will be. We now know what the very last event at Mellon Arena will be. Appropriately hundreds of Pittsburgh area job seekers will benefit!

As the local economy begins to recover from the worst local downturn since the collapse of the steel mills, www.EmploymentGuide.com and The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and have combined efforts for the sixth consecutive year to bring jobseekers together with companies who seek their talents.

On Tuesday, July 13th, from 10:00AM to 3:00PM at Mellon Arena more than 35 Pittsburgh area employers and schools, featuring career opportunities from HCR Manorcare and the all new Fairmont Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, will meet and interview hundreds of job seekers at the 2010 Pittsburgh Diversity Employment and Career Education Expo.

Attendance is expected to exceed 1,000 Pittsburgh area residents seeking a new career. Last years 3 events attracted over 4,000 total job seekers and resulted in more than 450 job offers. Job Seekers will enter through gate 10. Attendance for job seekers is free. Pre-registration is not required but if you do pre-register you will enjoy faster access at the start of the event.  Go to this link to pre-register: http://bit.ly/9iPC2I

Companies include:

Allied Waste Services - Drivers and Mechanics
TSA Airport Security
Aramark Consol Energy Center
Army National Guard
Callos Companies - Manufacturing, Office/Clerical
CCAC North Campus
Cintas - Sales, Customer Service
City of Pittsburgh
Colonial Life Insurance
Combined Insurance
Fairmont Pittsburgh - Hospitality, Restaurant
Family Resources - Healthcare
First Commonwealth Bank - Tellers and more
Geneva College
Glade Run Lutherin Services - Healthcare, Social Services
Golden Living / Mt. Lebanon - RN's, LPN's, CNA's and more
Kaplan Career Institute
Life Pittsburgh - Allied healthcare
Lifesteps, Inc. - Social Services
Mainstay Life Services - Social Services
Medco Pharmacy Services - Customer Service, Pharmacy Techs and more
HCR/Manorcare - RN's, LPN's, CNA's and more
OK Grocery Co (a division of Giant Eagle) - Warehouse workers
NCO Collection Services - Customer Service
Pennsylvania State Police
Waste Management - Drivers, Mechanics
Pittsburgh Job Corp (Center)
Pittsburgh Tech. Institute-PTI
Prudential Financial - Sales and more
Roomful Express Furniture - Retail, Warehouse, Delivery drivers
SMG Management - Customer service, Ushers, Concessions and more
Southwestern Pa CommuteInfo
Transitional Service Inc -Social Services
Universal Electric Corporation
US Army Recruiting
US Navy
Valvoline - Lube technicians and more
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Wright Automotive Group - Sales, Lot attendents and more


08. July 2010 | Show Originial
Job Fair at Melon Arena

The last event at Mellon arena can also be one of the most helpful. On July 13th, The www.EmploymentGuide.com and the The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh will host a job fair that aims to help the local community get back to an exciting time in their own lives, much like the Mellon Arena has enriched lives over its history.

As we look towards the future of Pittsburgh, today I wanted to take a look back at some of the moments that shaped our lives at Mellon Arena. To do that I asked some of our sales professionals inside the www.EmploymentGuide.com their favorite moments at the historical arena. Here's what they had to say!

Ed Miles started the conversation by saying his favorite moment was the...

Summer of 1975 - Almond Brothers Concert and they opened the roof to The Civic Arena for the entire concert.....WOW!!

Jack Dibrell says...

...there have been so many. I remember watching Stevie Nicks backstage just seconds before climbing the steps to go onstage for her concert, clutching and holding on for dear life the hands of her backup singers. She was petrified and paralyzed with fear, stage fright, or whatever, but of course once she started her set, she KICKED BUTT!!

Then there were the times I met ZZ Top backstage for 'meet and greets' after their concerts, trying to avoid the temptation of pulling on those long, flowing beards!

Watching summer concerts with the Arena roof FULLY OPENED, and feeling like I was in a completely different venue!

And the few times I announced the halftime entertainment at Arena truck pulls.

Watching my son between periods at a Penguins game goal tend during a 'shootout' against another area amateur hockey team.

Being at Game 7 during the 1993 playoffs against the NY Islanders and LOSING, being eliminated after winning back-to-back Stanley Cups the previous two years!

Judy Hodges chimed in:

This is sad, I have only been to the arena three times in my life , besides all the job fair's  we've held there. The first time I went there to see the Barnum Bailey Circus when my children were 5 and 7. That same winter we went to see the ice capades. Both times were very special because of my children (1978!!)

I would have loved to go to the oldies etc. but haven't yet to date. Maybe one of these days. My biggest regret is not seeing it open.

What About You?

What is your favorite moment at Mellon Area? Was it a concert, a Penguins game, a family trip or one of our Pittsburgh job fairs?!

Whatever your favorite moment, we can all say the arena holds special times for all of us and that is why we are so excited to host one last job fair at Mellon. If you want to change your own future and find a new job or career that you can tell your kids, family or future generations about, you can also say you did it at Mellon Arena.

Pre-register for the Pittsburgh Job Fair here and tell us your favorite Mellon Arena moment in the comments below.

-Greg and the Pittsburgh Team

Top image by Talke Photography
19. July 2010 | Show Originial
The last public event at Mellon Arena

27. July 2010 | Show Originial
For the long term unemployed in the Pittsburgh Metro area the June unemployment report is bittersweet.  For our area, the unemployment rate dropped from 8.6% in May to 8.3%, while adding 7,700 jobs.  The good news is this represents almost 4,000 more jobs than one year ago.

While good news for area economists, who see the Pittsburgh Metro getting better through the rest of the year, it is little help to the more than 100,000 residents who couldn't find work.  Our sense here at www.EmploymentGuide.com is that employers are beginning to increase their recruitment activities.

While summer is normally a slow recruitment period in good times, this summer has seen a steadily (albeit slowly) increasing number of job postings as well as inquiries toward near term recruitment plans.  Our job fair held recently at Mellon Arena attracted 40 local employers which was the most in two years.

For more details on the job numbers go to the Post Gazette and the Tribune-Review.
24. August 2010 | Show Originial
The July unemployment figures just released show that Pittsburgh lost just over 15,000 jobs in July.  On the surface this is bad news.  However, when looking at historical numbers, Pittsburgh ALWAYS loses jobs in July as teachers and other government workers are laid off for the summer (with census workers adding even more to this number than usual). Pittsburgh lost fewer jobs this July than the past five year July average.

The good news is that this is the first month in over two years that Pittsburgh had more jobs (4,400 more) than the year ago period.  Particular strength was seen in Education and Healthcare (+2,300), retail (+1,700) and Leisure and Hospitality (+1,400).

For more detail visit http://bit.ly/bwnvBS
<< Older Entries