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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

They're Hiring!

by Christopher Tkaczyk and Julianne Pepitone

As many big companies are announcing mass layoffs, these Fortune 100 employers have at least 150 openings as of mid-April.

It's no secret that many big companies are announcing mass layoffs and pay cuts in the recession. With 5.1 million jobs lost nationwide since 2008, and the current unemployment rate at the 25-year high of 8.5%, it's easy to feel down about the battered labor market.

But the job prospects aren't entirely bleak. We looked at the top 100 of this year's Fortune 500 list and found 28 with at least 150 job openings as of mid-April. Some, like Wal-Mart, say they're hiring thousands of people to staff new locations. Others, like Motorola, have hundreds of positions open in a variety of fields: engineering, sales, finance, marketing and project management.

Brush up the résumé and iron the suit. Your next job could be a click away.

1. Wal-Mart Stores

2009 Fortune 500 rank: 2

Headquarters: Bentonville, AR

Number of job openings: Thousands

What they're looking for: To staff new locations, Wal-Mart is hiring store managers, human resource managers, pharmacists, customer service associates and cashiers, among others.

2. Hewlett-Packard

2009 Fortune 500 rank: 9

Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA

Number of job openings: 150*

What they're looking for: HP is hiring in several areas of its businesses, including information technology, human resources, research and development, marketing, finance and administrative.

3. Bank of America Corp.

2009 Fortune 500 rank: 11

Headquarters: Charlotte, NC

Number of job openings: 1,860

What they're looking for: Positions are available in several areas including consumer banking, small business banking, credit cards, home loans, global banking, wealth management, technology, human resources, finance, communications, marketing and administration.

4. State Farm Insurance Cos.

2009 Fortune 500 rank: 31

Headquarters: Bloomington, IL

Number of job openings: 800+

What they're looking for: State Farm Insurance is hiring new insurance agents. There are positions in a variety of areas including claims and underwriting, finance, accounting and legal. The company aims to add 800 to 1000 new agent positions across the country, specifically in the Northeast, Texas and California.

5. WellPoint

2009 Fortune 500 rank: 32

Headquarters: Indianapolis, IN

Number of job openings: 1,225

What they're looking for: WellPoint is hiring health outreach specialists, nurse case managers, accountants, actuaries, claims representatives, customer care representatives, enrollment and billing representatives, account managers, marketing managers, business analysts and sales assistants.

6. Boeing

2009 Fortune 500 rank: 34

Headquarters: Chicago, IL

Number of job openings: 2,400

What they're looking for: Positions are available in various areas such as engineering, finance, communications, contracts, intellectual property, information systems, program and project management, operations, quality, marketing, supplier management and supplier quality, legal, business development and some administrative and support positions.

7. Microsoft

2009 Fortune 500 rank: 35

Headquarters: Redmond, WA

Number of job openings: 630*

What they're looking for: Positions are available in marketing, software development, customer service, information technology, operations, program management, small and medium business sales, software testing, administrative services, operations, user assistance and education, game design, content publishing, marketing communications, legal and finance.

8. MetLife

2009 Fortune 500 rank: 39

Headquarters: New York, NY

Number of job openings: 1,000+

What they're looking for: MetLife is hiring in the areas of information technology, human resources, finance, operations, call center, administration and sales (including individual policies, group, home loans - mortgage and reverse mortgages).

9. United Parcel Service

2009 Fortune 500 rank: 43

Headquarters: Atlanta, GA

Number of job openings: 3,070

What they're looking for: UPS is hiring part-time package handlers, mechanics, warehouse personnel, sales representatives and information technology professionals.

10. Medco Health Solutions

2009 Fortune 500 rank: 45

Headquarters: Franklin Lakes, NJ

Number of job openings: 300+

What they're looking for: There is selective hiring companywide. One division in particular, Liberty Medical, which serves the needs of patients with diabetes, is hiring for a number of customer service positions.

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