With technology seemingly progressing everyday, it is no wonder that companies on the cutting edge are hiring.
A recent poll of chief executive officers (CEOs) about economic conditions in Silicon Valley revealed that many are optimistic about increases in hiring, according the San Francisco Chronicle.
The survey asked 175 executives a number of questions and revealed that 66 percent of them had increased payroll in 2010. The news source reports that that figure represents the highest percentage since the annual Business Climate survey’s inception eight years ago.
“So 2010 was a comeback year for Silicon Valley,” said Carl Guardino, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of San Jose’s SVLG, a nonpartisan public-policy group. “What’s exciting is we’re seeing job growth not only globally but here in Silicon Valley.”
Looking forward, 55 percent of expect job growth in the region to be even higher this coming year.
Silicon Valley isn’t the only place adding technology jobs as the Chicago Tribune reports that Chrysler is adding 60 positions at its Kokomo, Indiana plant. Some of these roles will reportedly concern information technology.

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With the rise of the internet over the past decade, perhaps no sector has benefited more than e-commerce.
For all the amazing things that the internet does, allowing people to conduct business of all varieties from their home is one of the most impressive. And the trend of this sector growing doesn’t appear to be slowing down.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that online retailer CSN Stores is hiring a number of workers to help expand its business. Specifically, these workers will be performing customer-service functions at a facility in Ogden, Utah, for the company, which was founded in 2002.
“We just hired the first 30-plus people, and within the next several months, there certainly will be 100,” spokesman for the Boston-based company Dave Ladetto told the news source. “There could be around 200 [hires] over the next year.”
CSN isn’t the only internet company hiring however, as technology giant Apple is looking for at least one “Cloud Systems Software Engineer,” according to postings on its website. The posting says that the hire will help create the “the future of cloud services at Apple!”

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The coming of the digital age has led to the creation of many new businesses, and as these businesses grow, they need to hire new workers.
Such is the case with Verdasys Inc., an information security firm based in Waltham, Massachusetts. According to the Boston Business Journal, the company recently acquired funding which will be used to bring in new workers.
Verdasys received $15 million in investment from GE Asset Management, reports the news source.
Company CEO Jim Ricotta said that that money would largely be used to hire salespeople and engineers to help expand the business of the firm, which was founded in 2002.
Ricotta said that last year, the company reached profitability on just under $30 million in revenue. It is hoping that this new investment, which the news provider reports brings the total amount of the funds raised by the company to $45 million, will help it expand its footprint in the information security industry overseas.
Many companies in the computer software sector have likely been adding jobs recently, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that more than 200,000 jobs were added in March.

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Auto insurance company Progressive Corporation has announced plans to hire more than 1,000 workers across five states.
The Associated Press reports the insurance agency is looking to fill a variety of positions including sales, claims and services.
In all, Cleveland-based Progressive said it expects to hire 1,106 new employees in Texas, Ohio, Colorado, Florida and Arizona.
The largest number of new employees, 390, will be hired for the company’s Riverview call center in Tampa Bay, Florida.
John Hoppe, Progressive’s national employment director, told the Tampa Bay Times that the job growth is largely driven by the company’s ability to build its customer base and beat out its competitors.
“It’s certainly the largest (hiring push) for us in the last five years, both in Tampa Bay and companywide,” Hoppe added. “There are some out there who say auto insurance is a leading indicator for the economy,” he said. “I’m not sure. I’m hopeful, but it’s too difficult to say. We’re able to continue growing in a down economy or an up economy.”
Most of the entry-level jobs will start with a base pay of $12 to $15 per hour.

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Over the past several months, private employment in the U.S. has
begun to rebound in an increasingly strong way. Through all of
2011, the private sector averaged 160,000 new positions per month,
exceeding the monthly rates of population growth (about 140,000)
and labor force growth (only about 20,000).
“Everyone is hearing about continued debt concerns in Europe,
but when it comes to not hiring in America, it’s used as an excuse
not to hire, rather than a reason,” notes Rob Romaine, president
ofMRINetwork. “Except for companies with heavy exposure to the
European market, businesses are making hiring decisions based on
the customers walking through their front door, not uncertainty
surrounding sovereign debt an ocean away.”
A recent survey ofMRINetwork recruiters noted an increase over
the last six months of employers backfilling positions that had
been left unfilled for two years or more. As one respondent said,
“I believe [employers] cut so deeply over the past two years that
productivity has suffered. Today, they are hiring out of necessity
and a belief that the economy has begun to turn.”
The evidence that the economy has turned is mounting. According
to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. economy grew at an
annualized rate of 2.8 percent during the fourth quarter of 2011,
the fourth consecutive increase. U.S. GDP in 2011 grew 1.7 percent,
not a rapid growth, but a far cry from projections of a double-dip
recession.
Such growth numbers are, compared to past periods of recovery,
rather weak. Yet, most important is where the growth is coming
from. In 2011,MRINetwork saw placements in the construction space
grow by nearly 50 percent, industrial placements by more than 30
percent and consumer products and services by more than 20
percent.
“Increased hiring of senior-level talent in these sectors is
promising for the general economy,” says Romaine. “It indicates a
confidence and a willingness by employers to invest in talent
across broad swaths of the economy despite headwinds that still
persist.”
But just as employers seem to be ramping up their hunt for
senior talent, the availability of such talent may be shrinking as
well. Over the last six months, employers have continued to
increase their use of counter-offers, hoping to retain top talent
long enough to backfill their positions. In highly technical
fields, such as chemical engineering or biotechnology, employers
have been forced to sweeten counter-offers because there simply
aren’t as many candidates as there are job openings.
Indeed, the unemployment rate for those with a bachelor’s degree
or higher-perhaps the broadest definition of the skilled,
professional workforce-fell in December to 4.1 percent, its lowest
rate in nearly three years.
“A full-blown, double-dip recession in Europe could have a
chilling effect on hiring in America. But, until it does impact the
U.S. directly, businesses are beginning to return to more normal
hiring patterns,” notes Romaine. “Companies are backfilling
vacancies and investing in new positions. We are in the midst of
the slow, but seemingly stable, rebound that had been
projected.”

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