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Love's Travel Stops, the nation's industry-leading travel stop network, is seeking to hire more than 1,200 new employees for full-time and part-time roles as tire technicians, mechanic apprentices and diesel mechanics at its one-day hiring event on Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at more than 350 Love's Truck Tire Care or Speedco locations across the U.S. during the company's first National Hiring Day. "Our valued employees are one of the most vital parts to ensuring our operations run smoothly for our Customers," said Drew Graham, director of operations for Love's. "Love's is a great place to build a career, and we're excited to introduce new employees to our culture. We hope all Customer-centric candidates seize this opportunity to be part of something great." Love's prestigious mechanic apprenticeship program allows apprentices to earn a competitive wage while working toward the designation of a diesel mechanic. Upon successful completion of the apprentice program, they will receive a tool kit valued at $3,500, which is theirs to keep. Newly hired diesel mechanics will start between $22 – $27 an hour. Applicants interested in full-time or part-time positions can visit any Love's Truck Tire Care or Speedco location on Feb. 28 and be interviewed on-site while learning more about working at Love's. Qualified candidates can be offered jobs on the spot contingent upon pre-screening requirements. Candidates should bring copies of their résumé and expect to submit to a drug screen and background check contingent upon offer. Eligible full-time employees can take advantage of Love's health and wellness benefits, including 401(k) with matching contributions, medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage, flexible scheduling, holiday pay and competitive weekly pay among other benefits. Part-time employees will also appreciate dental, vision, telemedicine and other voluntary benefits. Love's currently employs more than 23,000 people nationwide, providing career advancement opportunities at all levels. To register for Love's National Hiring Day,  click here . For a list of Love's Truck Tire Care and Speedco locations participating in Love's National Hiring Day,  click here .
Upwork the largest freelancing website, today released its newest quarterly index of the hottest skills in the U.S. freelance job market. The Upwork Skills Index ranks the site’s 20 fastest-growing skills in a quarterly series. It sheds light on new and emerging skills and provides real-time validation of current trends in the labor market and tech industry. According to a new  report , staffing firms believe talent scarcity is the biggest inhibitor to their business today and will still be the biggest inhibitor 10 years from now. “Businesses are placing a greater emphasis on  skills training , investing in the workforces they have today and the one they will need tomorrow,” said Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork and co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the New Social Contract. “Freelancers know that skills are what matter most and are more likely than traditional employees to participate in skills-related education. As technological change keeps accelerating, they’re more likely to have the in-demand skills businesses need but might not be able to train up their workforce on quickly enough.” The 20 fastest-growing freelance skills in Q4 2018 experienced more than 175 percent year-over-year growth, while demand for the top 10 skills grew more than 600 percent year-over-year. The top 20 fastest-growing skills, Q4 2018: Hadoop Dropbox API Genetic algorithms Microbiology Computational linguistics Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Digital signal processing Intercom Interactive advertising Invision Employee training Kubernetes OAuth Autodesk Revit App store optimization App usability analysis Vue.js framework Learning Management Solution (LMS) consulting 3D scanning React.js framework Key Insights Investments in big data solutions are increasing Hadoop (#1) , an open source software used to store, process and analyze big data applications, was the fastest-growing skill out of more than 5,000 skills freelancers provide on Upwork.com in Q4. This was the same quarter that Cloudera and Hortonworks, the two largest players in the space,  announced  a merger; and other open source software companies such as Databrick and Confluent have also recently raised capital. Businesses are continuing to invest in solutions that allow them to capitalize on the value of their data, specifically leveraging freelance Hadoop experts. According to a  report , the global Hadoop market is expected to grow an average of 29% year-over-year for the next five years, reaching $38 billion by 2023. New, nontraditional education options are proliferating Among freelancers with a four-year college degree,  ninety-three percent  say skills training was useful versus only 79 percent that say their college education was useful to the work they do now. As companies realize how critical reskilling is for their workforces, they’re turning to freelancers adept in  employee training (#11)  and  Learning Management Solution consulting (#18)  to help create programs that encourage cultures of continuous learning. Growth in this area suggests an emerging trend where more people are getting training on the job. Mobile optimization is imperative in meeting customer expectations Consumers now spend more than five hours a day on their smartphones, and apps account for more than  90 percent  of internet time on those devices. Businesses are doubling down on their mobile efforts in order to meet consumers where they are, as evidenced by a spike in demand for  app store optimization (#15)  and  app usability analysis (#16)  in Q4. A superior customer experience is key to success As more companies undergo digital transformation, they’re realizing that design can not only create value and better business outcomes but also help them survive. According to a recent  report ,  organizations who experience the highest ROI instill a data-driven design approach and successfully integrate design into their business strategy. This is underscored by high growth in demand in Q4 for  Invision (#10),  a digital product design platform.  Intercom (#8) , a customer messaging platform that makes apps for sales, marketing and support, also appeared on the index for the first time. Businesses use the tool to more effectively acquire, engage and retain customers and are hiring freelancers with platform knowledge to help take their customer support to the next level. Rise in cybercrime spurs growth in security skills Cyber crime is predicted to cost the world  $6 trillion  annually by 2021 yet the number of cybersecurity job openings is expected to reach  3.5 million  globally by the same year. To access seasoned professionals who have a comprehensive understanding of the IT landscape and can help mitigate risk, businesses are hiring  Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (#6) to design, implement and manage cybersecurity programs. Another precaution businesses are taking is beefing up security through  OAuth (#13) , which enables token-based authentication and authorization online and gives employees a safer and more secure way to access data. Relevant Course List Freelancers are more proactively updating their skills to remain marketable as the job market evolves compared to non-freelancing workers.  Seventy percent  of full-time freelancers participated in skills training in the past six months, compared to 49 percent of full-time non-freelancers. Here is a list of relevant online courses from online learning platforms, including Coursera, edX, Lynda.com, PluralSight, Simplilearn, Udacity and Udemy for the top 20 fastest-growing skills on Upwork in Q4 2018: Hadoop:  Hadoop platform and application framework  (Coursera) Dropbox API:  Cloud Computing Applications, Part 1: Cloud Systems and Infrastructure  (Coursera) Genetic algorithms:  Introduction to Genetic Algorithms: Theory and Applications  (Udemy) Microbiology:  Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis  (Coursera) Computational linguistics:  Natural Language Processing  (Coursera) Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP):  CISSP Certification Training  (Simplilearn) Digital signal processing:  Digital Signal Processing  (Coursera) Intercom:  Digital Marketing Course: Learn Digital Marketing Automation  (Udemy) Interactive advertising:  Digital Marketing Trends  (Lynda.com) Invision:  Diving In with InVision Studio  (Udemy) Employee training:  e-Learning Ecologies: Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning for the Digital Age Financial aid available  (Coursera) Kubernetes:  Learn DevOps: The Complete Kubernetes Course  (Udemy) OAuth:  Getting Started with OAuth 2.0  (PluralSight) Autodesk Revit:  CAD and Digital Manufacturing Specialization  (Coursera) App store optimization:  Mobile App Marketing 2019: ASO, Advertising & Monetization  (Udemy) App usability analysis:  Mobile Design and Usability for iOS  (Udacity) Vue.js framework:  Vue.js: Getting Started  (PluralSight) Learning Management Solution consulting:  Learning Management Systems (LMS) Quick Start  (Lynda.com) 3D scanning:  Learning 3D Printing  (Lynda.com) React.js framework:  Introduction to ReactJS  (edX) The Upwork Skills Index calculates year-over-year growth rates based on freelancer billings through Upwork in Q4 2018 versus Q4 2017. The next quarterly Upwork Skills Index will be released spring 2019. About Upwork Upwork  is the largest freelancing website. It enables businesses to find and work with highly skilled freelancers. As an increasingly connected and independent workforce goes online, knowledge work — like software, shopping and content before it — is shifting online as well. This shift is making it easier for clients to connect and work with talent in near real-time and is freeing professionals everywhere from having to work at a set time and place. Our company’s mission is to create economic opportunities so people have better lives.
Over 99% reported that a flexible job would make them a happier person in general and benefit their personal health. In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, FlexJobs conducted a  Work-Life-Relationship survey  which asked over 1,200 respondents a variety of questions about how their work life impacts their mental and physical health, relationships, stress levels, work-life balance, and more. According to the results, flexible work arrangements could have a positive effect on personal health and well-being, as well as interpersonal relationships. Additionally, management was found to influence how employees view work-life balance. “As our survey demonstrates, those in leadership roles influence how their employees view work-life balance. In fact, only 9% say their boss’s work habits make work-life balance easy," said Sara Sutton, Founder and CEO of  FlexJobs . “It’s important that good work-life balance is modeled from the top down, especially considering the positive impact that a happy and healthy workforce can have on productivity as well as company culture,” Sutton concluded. Over 99% reported that a  flexible job  would make them a happier person in general and benefit their personal health. A “flexible job” is defined as a professional-level job that has a remote, flexible schedule, freelance, or part-time component. To help job seekers achieve better work-life balance and general well-being, we’ve identified a sampling of jobs that are currently hiring and can be done remotely or have flexible schedules, including Math Tutor, Nurse Practitioner, Project Manager, Senior Sales Representative, and Writer. More than half of respondents (54%) said their work-life balance either needed improvement, was pretty bad, or terrible and 69% of respondents said it was the top reason they were seeking a job with flexibility, making work-life balance the number one factor ahead of money or cost savings, time savings, and family. Management also contributes to how employees view work-life balance; 36% say their boss doesn't model good work-life balance and only 9% say their boss’s work habits make work-life balance easy for them. When it comes to their personal health and interpersonal relationships, specifically:  89% thought a flexible job would help them take better care of themselves 88% believed it would decrease their levels of stress 87% said it would create more time to spend with family or friends 70% say work has conflicted with their efforts to take care of their health 69% thought it would increase the frequency they exercised 61% of those with children (or plan to have children someday) think a job with work flexibility would help them be a better parent 55% of those with pets said having a flexible job would help them be a better pet owner  Regarding their romantic relationships, respondents reported:  81% thought that having a job with work flexibility would help them be a more attentive spouse/partner/significant other 60% said it would benefit their romantic relationship, and another 19% were hopeful it would 50% thought it would increase time available for dates/date nights 39% said it would improve their sex life, and another 23% were optimistic it would  Among other findings, 100% remote work remains the most popular choice for flexible work (83%) for the fourth year in a row, with flexible schedules a second preference (60%), followed by part-time schedules (40%) and freelance work (34%). *Demographic breakdown of respondents: Generation: Millennial (19%); Gen X (43%); Baby Boomer (32%) and The Silent Generation (5%). Relationship status: Not currently in a relationship (26%), Dating (3%), Serious/Engaged (17%), Married (54%). Children: 61% have children and 36 % do not have children. To learn more, visit:  https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/flexible-remote-jobs-improve-work-life-balance-relationships/
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