Enough with the bad news! Here at MainStreet, we believe in helping you find a job, not just telling you that jobs are hard to get these days. So, without further ado, here are three companies with a variety of positions they need to fill immediately.

Who They Are: The largest employee-owned supermarket chain in the U.S. currently has more than 140,000 employees (at least 25,000 of whom have been with Publix for 10 years or more).

Where They Are: More than 1,000 stores in the southern states. “At a time when many other companies are shrinking, merging, or folding, Publix is continually opening new stores,” the company says. They also have several manufacturing facilities and distribution centers in Florida and Georgia.

What They Want: They have openings for managers, assistant managers and hourly store employees. The company says entry-level management positions pay an average of $44,000 a year. Store managers earn an average of more than $110,000 a year. Full-time non-management store employees earn up to $25,000 a year. There are also openings for pharmacists and pharmacy assistants, as well as administrative and manufacturing/distribution positions.

Coolest Job: A divisional loss prevention specialist is assigned a region of Publix stores for which they are responsible. The specialist examines financial reports in order to indentify the causes of —and ways to prevent or reduce—shoplifting and cash losses. They also investigate reports of known or suspected internal theft, vendor fraud, and external theft, including organized retail crime. Candidates must be at least 20 years old, have three years of loss prevention experience, management experience, and must be well-versed in retail processes and the criminal justice system.

Benefits: Employee stock ownership program, holiday bonuses, quarterly retail bonuses for store employees, tuition reimbursement and health plans. Eligible full-time employees also get vacation pay, holiday pay and sick days. There are free hot lunches for corporate, manufacturing, and distribution associates who work at facilities that have a cafeteria.


Next page: Rent-a-Center

Rent-A-Center (Stock Quote: RCII)
Who They Are: The largest rent-to-own retail chain in the United States, specializing in renting furniture, appliances and electronics.

Where They Are: More than 3,000 locations across the U.S.

What They Want: They have lots of openings at their retail locations (and that’s not a dead-end job, with 95% of the company’s top executives beginning their careers at a Rent-A-Center store.) Available positions include customer service clerks, managers and delivery/drivers.

Coolest Job: A shuttle driver operates a shuttle route, which requires an overnight stay to complete. This employee drives and maintains company vehicles, performs walk-around inspections of vehicles, and ensures proper compliance with all D.O.T. regulations. Requires working knowledge of D.O.T. regulations, appropriate operator’s permit(s), and the ability to lift up to 75 pounds.

Benefits: Automatic raises at six-month intervals, 10 days paid vacation after a year of employment, medical/dental insurance and a 401(k) plan with company match. Store employees work a five-day workweek, with no Sundays required.

Apply here.

Next page: Pier 1

Pier 1 Imports (Stock Quote: PIR)
Who They Are: Specialty retailer of imported decorative home furnishings and gifts.

Where They Are: Pier 1 has more than 1,000 stores nationwide. They also have seven distribution centers. The corporate offices are located in Fort Worth, Texas.

What They Want: They have many sales and management openings at their retail locations. There are also a limited number of openings at the home office and at distribution centers.

Coolest Job: The merchandise planner (based at the home office) makes decisions about what the stores will sell and how it will be displayed. They will analyze sales history by department and product, and predict trends.

Benefits: Medical/dental/vision coverage, flexible schedules, retirement plan, educational benefits, paid vacation and personal time and discounts at Pier 1 stores.


Bonus Cool Job of the Week: If you're a secret (or not-so-secret) Star Wars geek with operations engineering and property maintenance experience, this opportunity is like the mothership calling you home. LucasFilms has an opening in their Skywalker Properties division for a facilities engineer to help run Skywalker Ranch (the home base of LucasFilms and workshop of Star Wars mastermind George Lucas). There’s a lot of responsibility, as you would be overseeing the electrical, HVAC, security and other major systems. But you’d be surrounded by more Star Wars memorabilia than you could ever imagine and, if you’re lucky, you might even get to wield a lightsaber now and then. Apply at the LucasFilm web site. And may the force be with you!

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