It’s the great paradox plaguing the American economy: There are a ton of open jobs, but evidently not enough qualified employees to fill them. We consistently hear the United States is an economic wasteland. President Donald Trump, for example, hasn’t held back in talking about the “American carnage” in the heartland. And yet, the jobs are there — though they’re still not filled.
What seems to be the issue? A skills mismatch, for the most part. Either that or a salary mismatch. Either way, there are companies out there — big companies with very recognizable names — that always seem to be hiring. Why? They evidently can’t find the employees they need.
The companies that are always hiring
A lot of those companies are in growth industries, such as the technology sector. The jobs in these industries pay well, mostly because the skills they require are relatively scarce. That, of course, takes us back to the skills mismatch. If more people had these skills, the supply would meet demand and salaries would go down. Here are 10 of the companies that are always hiring.
- The tech giant is as big as ever — and is always hunting for new talent.
We already mentioned the tech sector, and Microsoft is — and has been — a centerpiece of the industry for decades now. With new players on the block, the company isn’t attracting new, young talent like it used to. Take a look at Microsoft’s career site, and you’ll see hundreds, if not thousands, of open positions. Of course, the qualification bar is set pretty high, and you’ll need to have some skills and experience to work there.
Next: This company is one you probably have a strong distaste for.
- If you want to work for America’s most hated company, it would probably be happy to have you.
Comcast is one of those companies you generally put up with — not one you plan on making a career with. But it’s one of those large, national corporations that have many needs. And its needs include qualified employees. It’s not all taking calls from angry customers either (which is a low-skill, high-supply gig). You can be an installer or engineer or even get into sales if you want to have commission added into the mix.
Next: A company that sees all — except lines of qualified job applicants
- The social network is growing into other areas and needs employees who can keep up.
It’s not the first tech company on our list, and it won’t be the last either. Facebook is the ultimate unicorn. It’s a company that started in a dorm room and now has its tentacles all over the world. But it’s one of those businesses that need highly skilled employees, and for that reason it won’t hire you unless you’ve got a pretty specialized discipline. As Facebook grows, it’s going to keep hiring. For now, the supply of potential recruits is nowhere near the company’s demand.
Next: A “tech” company before there were “tech companies”
- If you have the necessary items on your resume, Philips would probably love to have you.
Philips is a tech company of sorts, but it also produces physical products, unlike Facebook, for example. That means there are more opportunities there and a wider range of potential matches for people with a variety of skills. You can peruse the company’s jobs site to see whether there are any open jobs near you that would fit your skills.
Next: How about a career in the insurance industry?
6. American Income Life
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- If you’ve ever uploaded your resume to Monster or CareerBuilder, you’ve probably heard from American Income Life.
Upload your resume to a jobs site, and you’ll likely encounter recruiters from insurance companies like American Income Life. These companies typically want you to go into sales positions, which mostly pay on commission. So, yes, these types of companies are seemingly always hiring, but they tend to burn through employees rather quickly. That’s not to say you can’t turn it into a good career, but sales isn’t necessarily a game for everyone.
Next: You don’t need to know how to pronounce it to want to work there.
- You’ll need a defined set of skills to work for Deloitte, which means the company has a hard time refreshing its ranks.
You won’t have an easy time getting a job at a company like Deloitte. It’s a high-profile company in a complicated industry, and the skills needed to work there aren’t in the average worker’s toolbox. Because of that, Deloitte is almost always looking for the right people. Take a look at the available jobs, and see whether you can find a match. If so, it would likely be a very strong and lucrative career move.
Next: Can you do taxes? This company needs people who can do taxes.
4. H&R Block
- Doing people’s taxes isn’t easy, and it’s a skill that is valuable in the labor market.
Although the hiring frenzy at H&R Block can be seasonal, the company is always on the lookout for available recruits. The company’s services include tax preparation and filing, and there’s a relatively limited supply of workers who can do that. So H&R Block is a great place to look if you’re a professional in need of a job. Even if you’re looking for something part time or seasonal, you might be able to snag a gig here.
Next: It’s always hiring — but you might not want to work there.
- Walmart is the country’s largest private employer and always needs fresh talent.
If you live anywhere near a Walmart, you know it’s something of a retail black hole. It can swallow up surrounding stores, attracting customers who need clothing, shoes, TVs, and groceries. It’s a behemoth, and it takes a lot of manpower to keep it running. That means it’s also hiring most of the time, too. The available jobs run the gamut, of course, but no matter what Walmart never seems to have hired all of the people it needs.
Next: There can never be enough package handlers.
- UPS is always hiring, especially during the holidays.
You might not have pictured yourself as a professional courier, but that doesn’t mean you can’t earn a decent living doing it. Working for a company like UPS might be the ticket, too. The company is always looking for drivers, handlers, and delivery people. And if you’re in need of a part-time or seasonal job, it might be the perfect fit. But, like most companies on our list, UPS never seems to cease its hiring — likely because it’s always thirsty for new employees.
Finally: A company that’s taking over the entire world, one Prime shipment at a time
- Amazon is expanding rapidly and is hiring for tens of thousands of jobs.
Finally, we come to the big kahuna. Amazon is a monster, and it’s only growing more monstrous with each passing day. It’s rapidly expanding into new territory, too, and experimenting with new business models, products, and services. In order to do so, it needs to hire people. But unfortunately, getting a job at Amazon is pretty tough unless you have the necessary qualifications. Check out what the company needs, and throw your resume into the ring.
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