ABC7 On Your Side: Employment Opportunities

April 26, 2010 (CHICAGO)

ABC7 can help you get started with some tips.

Working at Argonne National Laboratory can be a scientist's dream.

"I had wanted to get into Argonne ever since I graduated college," said Laney Callahan.

In January Callahan's dream came true. But it happened after ten months out of work. She'd been laid off last year when she was pregnant.

"It was scary," said Callahan.

After receiving an influx of stimulus money, Argonne is hiring more than 200 people with more job opportunities for subcontractors. In addition to money for new energy research, Argonne is disposing of outdated facilities.

"You have folks that really want to be here and they are providing an incredible service," said Gail Stine, Argonne National Laboratory.

"You gotta really dig deep, go through everything and don't sell yourself short," said Callahan.

Experts urge job seekers to follow the money. Where federal money was allocated new jobs may follow. And watch the news to hear announcements about new projects. New funding may translate into your next opportunity.

Groupon, a locally based social commerce website, expects to hire several hundred people this year with new financing. Other local with companies with multiple job postings are Sears, Advance Auto Parts, Aerotek, Rush and Devry Universities and Nalco. And the state reports Horizon Therapeutics will add 50 new positions and Peerless Industries will add 85 new jobs.

If you're willing to travel, the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Command facility in Warren, Michigan expects to add 1,200 new jobs over the next year. Some national companies that recently announced plans to hire: Chase and Intel.

"Now we're seeing new growth in technology and then with the stimulus bill we're seeing more jobs in construction, in medical records technology," said John Challenger, Challenger Gray & Christmas.

There are also new industries emerging like business process outsourcing. They're known as BPOs for short. Total attorneys in the Loop is a BPO for attorneys. With attorneys offices downsizing, they offer virtual administrative support, paralegals, accounting and marketing.

"There's a huge opportunity for new businesses that are coming up that help serve this smaller niche, the small business owner that doesn't have an understanding of all the different elements that are needed to run a successful small business," said Kevin Chern, Total Attorneys, president.

Outplacement specialists suggest job seekers look for ways to transfer skills to newly emerging jobs.

Vamsi Nadimpalli was laid off by a small firm the end of 2008 as a website developer. Now he's a senior developer for Total Attorneys. Nadimpalli's job was among 60 new positions recently added to the company.

"Even in the worst of economic points there's always someone that is capitalizing on it. You just gotta find those people. And there's always out there. You just got to keep looking and they will be hiring," said Nadimpalli.

Some companies that may be adding jobs were hesitant to make any announcements too soon and to remain competitive so stay tuned for more job postings.

Argonne National Laboratory


Advance Auto Parts

Rush University

Devry University



Horizon Theraputics

Total Attorneys

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