The company has a total of 3,500 employees nationwide, including 450 interns. The intern track is likely to turn into a job; last year, nearly 60 percent of interns who graduated from college were hired for a full-time position. And here's something that's appealing in this post-recession economy: Since its founding in 1980, Scottrade has never had a layoff, Hattle says.
Jobs website: http://careers.scottrade.com/
5. CVS. The pharmacy retailer has about 1,000 positions open nationwide. Hiring managers are looking for people to work in their stores, as well as information technology specialists, data analysts, financial analysts, application developers, pharmacy technicians, and more.
Headquartered in Woonsocket, R.I., CVS is hiring at locations throughout the country. And if you live in upstate New York or want to move there, ask specifically about opportunities in Chemung. The company is hiring 300 people to staff a new distribution center there.
How can you get your foot in the door? "The first thing we look for are folks who have a bent toward customer service," says David Casey, CVS's vice president of workforce strategies and chief diversity officer. "That's whether they're facing external customers or internal customers. We're a company that's focused on service, so that's really our lens [through which we evaluate candidates]."
Jobs website: http://cvs.com/careers
6. Amazon. Amazon did not respond to inquiries for information, but the company is opening two facilities in Tennessee this fall, creating 1,200 jobs, WSMV-TV reports. It also has plans to open a facility in West Virginia, creating 200 jobs by 2014, Bloomberg writes. And a new distribution center in Seattle, where Amazon's headquartered, will also mean more available positions, The Seattle Times reports. On Amazon's website, the online marketplace lists positions open in product management, sales, and software development.
Jobs website: http://amazon.com/careers
7. Wal-Mart. "A lot of people maybe just think of Wal-Mart from the retail aspect," says Jennifer Siedner, the company's senior director of talent acquisition, "but they don't always think of the support functions." That means if you work in human resources or information technology, the Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant may want you on its payroll. And yes, it's hiring for both full-time and part-time in-store positions, too.
Openings are scattered throughout the country, with information-technology positions clustered at headquarters. But there are pockets of hiring spikes in certain locations, mainly in cities where Wal-Mart has plans to open new stores. In Chicago, a new store opening is expected to create 10,000 jobs over the next five years, as well as 2,000 unionized construction jobs, Siedner says. In Washington, D.C., 1,200 in-store jobs and 400 construction positions are expected to pop up during the next two years. And in South Carolina, where Wal-Mart also plans to open new stores, the company will hire about 4,000 new employees over the next five years.
For managers, proven experience is a must, but it doesn't have to be in the retail industry, Siedner says. "We have several successful associates who have transitioned from other industries, maybe food service, hospitality, even military."