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AutoZone (Stock Quote: AZO)
Who They Are: Chain of retail stores specializing in automobile replacement parts and accessories
Where They Are: More than 4,200 stores in the U.S. and Mexico
What They Want: They have lots of openings at retail locations, as well as at corporate headquarters and regional offices. There are plenty of opportunities for regional sales managers, supply chain specialists, territory field managers and store managers/staff. Previous sales management experience is preferred. Knowledge of automobiles and auto parts is very helpful.
Coolest Job: They’re looking for an E-Commerce Marketing Manager who can develop e-commerce strategies including on-site promotions, e-mail marketing, display advertising and more. The position requires an MBA and seven years experience.
Benefits: AutoZone offers lots of insurance options, tuition reimbursement, adoption assistance, store discounts and a home mortgage program.
Next page: Kaplan
Kaplan Higher Education Campuses
Who They Are: Offers certificate and degree programs on campus and online in a wide variety of disciplines including business, graphic arts, criminal justice and healthcare. Kaplan Higher Education is the leading revenue producer for Kaplan, Inc. Kaplan is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Co. (Stock Quote: WPO)
Where They Are: There are 70 campuses nationwide, plus lots of programs available online
What They Want: Kaplan Higher Education offers classes on a wide variety of topics - so no matter what your area of expertise, there’s a good chance they are seeking people to teach classes in that field. Most of the instructor positions are online, so you can work from anywhere. You need the appropriate subject-related degree, teaching experience and the ability to respond to students’ inquiries within 24 hours, even on weekends. They also have opportunities in the admissions and marketing departments.
Coolest Job: Criminal Justice Online Instructor. Working with students online, you’ll teach them about the latest trends, techniques and advances in the criminal justice field. You need a Master’s degree in criminal justice or a related field, plus three years of criminal justice experience.
Benefits: The company offers customizable insurance options, paid time off, fitness programs and retirement plans.
Next page: Rave Motion Pictures
Rave Motion Pictures
Who They Are: Theater chain known for its state-of-the-art digital projection (as well as its rocker seats with retractable cup holders and lots of legroom).
Where They Are: Locations in 14 states
What They Want: Most of their current openings are for theater managers or assistant managers. These positions require previous supervisory experience, general knowledge of movies, ability to work flexible schedules and good customer relations skills.
Coolest Job: Rave is looking for an IT Manager to handle all aspects of its network administration, including corporate office systems. The job is based in Dallas, Texas, but involves some travel. The starting salary is $75,000 to $85,000. You need a degree in a computer or business field, at least 5 years experience in a similar role and you also must be “at least 25 years old and able to rent a car.”
Benefits: In addition to typical benefit options, Rave offers “free movies and a relatively recession proof career path.”
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Bonus Cool Job of the Week: Circus Acrobat
If you’ve always wanted to run away and join the circus, your wait is over. Cirque du Soleil is always seeking talented performers to join its shows. They need acrobats, gymnasts, dancers and lots of other types of entertainers. For the acrobatics gig, you need acrobatics experience, a background in gymnastics or dance, excellent stage presence and the stamina to handle a physically challenging role. To apply, you’ll need to prepare a video demo along with a resume. You’ll need to go through a rigorous training program before you can actually join the show. On the plus side, it’s an exciting gig with lots of travel and you even get your own custom-designed costume. They hold auditions all over the country, or you can apply online here.
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