How to find out who's hiring right now



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 14 at 11:50 AM

Where the jobs are

BOISE -- In a time when all we hear about are layoffs, we have the industries that still have the "help wanted" signs proudly displayed.

When you're out trying to find the right job, part of the difficulty is finding who is actually hiring.

"There's always new things that are coming up, and that's why I like to keep my eyes on this everyday, because then I can just see what pops up, it might be something that I haven't thought about before," said Joan Capps.

Joan Capps was laid off five months ago and she's still looking for the right fit.

"I had a part time job over at BSU at the bookstore," said Capps.

In addition to that job, she's also working at Ross doing part-time work.

Capps is a college graduate, as well as a veteran. She's worked as a medical secretary and now is open to switching fields if she needs to. And that's why the state government might fit.

"We've probably got anywhere from 100 to 150 different job openings in a number of different backgrounds, different fields of interest right now," said Michael Savoie, Division of Human Resources.

Savoie is a program manager for the state of Idaho, and says they hire more than 2,000 people every year.

And they're getting six to seven-thousand applicants each month, so competition is high.

"Be patient. There are a lot of people applying for state government jobs right now. With some people we're telling them, with a lot of people we're saying, just keep plugging away. Apply for as many jobs as you can, and be patient with the system," said Savioe.

Savoie says they have a wide variety of jobs from health care to education to social work. Jobs for almost every walk of life.

"A number of them probably would be jobs I would say could, if not support a family, could certainly contribute towards the family's economic situation," said Savioe.

Despite some low paying jobs and increased competition, Capps says she's going to keep moving forward.

"I think the important thing is getting out there, getting out the door to keep yourself positive," said Capps.

The Idaho Department of Labor has lots of job listings and staff to help job seekers.