The 25 'Best Companies' with the most openings are each looking to fill more than 1,200 jobs in 2015.
What they’re looking for: The professional services firm has openings in a number of departments, including consulting, technology, strategy and operations, HR, tax, financial advisory services, audits, accounting & valuation, business risk, governance and compliance, technology risk, risk analytics, and audit.
Job title with the largest number of openings: There are many openings in technology, ranging from professionals with technical undergraduate degrees to seasoned .NET developers and experts in cyber security.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “Problem solving skills are essential. Employers are looking for people who demonstrate an ability to think analytically and approach a problem in a structured and methodical way. Can they objectively analyze and solve an issue? And once they have a solution, they must have the ability to communicate it to others – their clients, managers and fellow team members.” — Patty Pogemiller, national director for acquisition & mobility
What they’re looking for: Audit, tax, and advisory professionals, as well as a variety of internal support services.
Job title with the largest number of openings: Campus recruiters are currently seeking tax and advisory associates and senior associates and audit associates. Experienced hire recruiters are looking for candidates for advisory senior associate positions.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “Do your homework. Come to KPMG on-campus events with a good understanding of who we are and why your education and skills are a good match for our entry-level opportunities. When preparing for your interview, think about how your experiences demonstrate skills needed in the public accounting and consulting world,” says Kathleen Schaum, national director, field and audit campus recruiting
Current openings: 6,868
What they’re looking for: Open positions include salesperson roles and customer service roles across Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Hautelook, and Trunk Club. The retailer is also looking to fill e-commerce, technology, marketing, and merchandising roles at headquarters in Seattle, Hautelook offices in Los Angeles and New York, and at Trunk Club headquarters in Chicago.
Job title with the largest number of openings: A majority of open positions are in sales, support, customer service, and engineering.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “Our No. 1 goal at Nordstrom is to provide our customers with a great experience, so the best candidates for roles here will really demonstrate their passion for retail and a strong commitment to great service and building relationships.” —Mary Porter, director of recruiting
What they’re looking for: The accounting firm hires a wide range of accounting professionals, but it also provides industry-focused assurance, advisory, and tax services to over 84% of the largest public and private companies in the U.S.
Job title with the largest number of openings: For 2015, the job title with the largest number of openings is core assurance associate.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “Be aware that what is listed on your resume will be a recruiter’s best source for questions, so be sure you are very comfortable and confident in explaining what you did in those roles, what you accomplished and how you made a difference or demonstrated leadership.” —Rod Adams, U.S. recruiting leader
What they’re looking for: Food and beverage services, housekeeping, guest services/front desk, and sales & marketing are currently the categories with the most openings.
Job title with the largest number of openings: There are currently 306 openings for housekeepers.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “Don’t be afraid to start with an entry-level, hourly job. Many people (especially those coming out of college) want an entry-level management job. But getting your foot in the door is most important. A majority of our General Managers started with the company as hourly employees and worked their way up.” — Sarah B., Dual, a director of human resources in New York City
Capital One Financial
What they’re looking for: The company is currently focused on hiring software engineers, product developers, designers, and data scientists. There is also a need for call center and bank branch workers.
Job title with the largest number of openings: The single largest number of openings is for bank tellers, but Capital One also has 838 customer service roles currently open.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “What we look for in a candidate varies from role to role. For example, tellers and contact center representatives have to be extremely customer-oriented and committed to resolving any issues. They need to be able to process information quickly and provide solutions,” says Tommy Blanchard, vice president of recruiting. “We look for people with strong quantitative, analytical, problem solving and conceptual skills combined with strong interpersonal, leadership and communication skills.”
What they’re looking for: Financial advisors, branch office administrators in the branch offices throughout the country. At its St. Louis headquarters and Tempe regional campus, the firm is looking to fill positions in training, talent acquisition, operations, information systems, finance, client service, compliance human resources and product specialists.
Job title with the largest number of openings: There are currently 2,716 open financial advisor positions throughout the country.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “People from a variety of backgrounds – including financial services, accounting, business ownership, education, nonprofit, sales and other industries – have embraced the financial advisor opportunity at Edward Jones. This career path can provide unlimited opportunity for those who have an entrepreneurial spirit, are willing to work hard, and want to build meaningful relationships with clients.” — John Rahal, principal, financial advisor talent acquisition.
Publix Super Markets
What they’re looking for: The supermarket chain is looking mostly for entry-level store positions, such as cashier, stock clerk, and deli clerk. Also needed: cake decorators, bakers, meat cutters, and support staff such as programmers, analysts, systems engineers, mechanics, maintenance technicians, and refrigeration specialists.
Job title with the largest number of openings: There are currently 1,200 front service clerk positions.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “We look for candidates who are driven by the need to serve others, passionate about working together as a team, and capable of great attention to detail. Our advice to candidates is to find a way to show expertise in these three areas when applying and when interviewing.” — Marcy Hamrick, manager of talent acquisition
What they’re looking for: Hyatt offers a variety of career offerings. At any given location, there can be 40-50 different roles. As an example, Hyatt has many customer-facing roles such as sales manager, events manager, front office agent, valet, concierge, server, and bartender. The hotels also have heart of the house roles that help execute on our experiences from behind the scenes. Departments such as human resources, finance, housekeeping, engineering, and culinary operations are examples of this.
Job title with the largest number of openings: There are 548 server positions available.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “Hyatt is looking for passionate candidates that can give insights as to how they would create unique experiences for our guests. We do this by looking for candidates that have high levels of empathy and whom we feel would show the most care for colleagues and guests.” — Kristy Seidel, director of talent acquisition, Americas
What they’re looking for: engineers, product managers, analysts, interns
Job title with the largest number of openings: There are currently 395 software engineer roles.
What they’re looking for: 900 software engineers in Mountain View, Calif.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “Show us emergent leadership. We’re looking for clear examples of times where you stood up and led a project at a challenging time when no one else would or could. Or, did you know when it was the right time to let someone else lead? Do you know how to flex leadership styles given the different problems you’re trying to solve? Show us humility. We want life-long learners at Google—people who will never stop wanting to grow and challenge themselves. That takes a lot of humility to admit you’re never fully an expert in something. And it takes humility to embrace failure, which we think drives innovation. Show us ownership. At Google, you can’t wait for someone to assign you a problem to fix. Things move fast here—at Internet speed. So candidates who spot wrongs that need righting, who see the next hurdle as a 10x opportunity, and who see “Whys?” as “Why nots?” thrive at Google.” — Kyle Ewing, director of global staffing program
What they’re looking for: Most available positions are in sales or service operations at the company’s 140+ locations. The company also has store opportunities in the business office and purchasing teams, and a wide variety of opportunities at the Home Office in Richmond, Virginia, and at CarMax Auto Finance in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Job title with the largest number of openings: There are more than 2,000 sales positions available nationwide.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “Our recruiters find it valuable for candidates to be knowledgeable about how CarMax has revolutionized used car-buying. In each interview, we are looking for individuals who show genuine excitement to start their career in an environment of learning, continuous improvement, teamwork and pride.” — Donna Schaar, assistant vice president of talent acquisition
Current openings: 2,000
Jobs site: goldmansachs.com
What they’re looking for: The financial firm is always searching for talented workers to fill positions across all businesses. Recently, it has increased its focus on recruiting software developers and private wealth management professionals.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “We want candidates to be genuine and able to explain why they are interested in working at Goldman Sachs. Our interviewers assess how candidates process available information and arrive at conclusions. Successful candidates articulate how their skills, interests and past experiences align to the role. ” —Michael Desmarais, global head of recruiting
What they’re looking for: Accenture is hiring both entry-level and experienced professionals to work in strategy, technology, and operations. The company is increasing its focus on digital skills, including analytics, mobility, and interactive. Some technology opportunities require skills in SAP, Oracle, Java, Workday, Salesforce.com, Siebel, and Peoplesoft. The company is also looking to recruit people with management consulting and technology consulting skills who also have deep industry expertise. Additionally, Accenture’s federal practice is seeking people with both technology skills and security clearance.
Job title with the largest number of openings: Entry-level positions. For experienced candidates, there’s a demand for technical skills (such as SAP and WorkDay) and industry skills (health and resources) with an increasing focus on mobility and analytics.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “Make sure you review the job descriptions carefully, paying particular attention to the basic qualifications — the ‘must haves’ — named for a role. If you meet those qualifications, make sure your resume reflects that clearly. If you do not, don’t give up. Keep searching for the role that’s right for you. Also, make sure to keep your information updated. Our recruiters search our applicant tracking system for candidates on a daily basis, and the more current your information is, the better they can make a match for you.”
What they’re looking for: Current career opportunities include nurses (RNs, LPNs), physicians/scientists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, labs/research, and administrative (including IT, information security, and medical coding).
Job title with the largest number of openings: There are 527 openings for registered nurses.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “As a candidate, be sure your resume and online application effectively present your qualifications. Make a good first impression to get our call and invitation to interview. Those candidates that meet the basic qualifications and take the extra step of aligning their past experiences with the requirements of the position have a better chance of demonstrating ‘job fit.’ Many candidates — even those who are highly qualified — don’t capitalize on this opportunity to demonstrate cultural fit in their applications. Take the time to illustrate how certain skills and achievements show cultural competencies such as collaboration, continuous learning, mutual respect, resourcefulness and empathy. We also encourage job candidates to join our social media forum to connect with us. Introduce yourself online and ask us questions. Get to know us, and let us get to know you.” — Brent Bultema, director of recruitment strategies
Wegmans Food Markets
What they’re looking for: The vast majority of positions available are customer service roles in store locations. The supermarket chain also has close to 150 in-store culinary opportunities, from entry-level cooks to sous chefs as well as a number of entry-level management opportunities. Wegmans is currently recruiting for 50 positions across corporate, distribution, and manufacturing areas.
Job title with the largest number of openings: In-store customer service roles (across a variety of departments) represent 90%, or about 1,700, of total positions available.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “Our goal is to be the best food company in the world, so we look for people who are eager to serve, have a passion for food, and want to help others live healthier, better lives.” — Kevin Stickles, VP of human resources
What they’re looking for: Nursing/physician extenders, nursing clinical support, radiology & imaging, rehabilitation, patient business services, information technology, environmental services, food & nutrition
Job title with the largest number of openings: There are 261 RN II positions.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “We look for employees who show us their willingness to embrace our values and recognize that our patients are at the center of everything we do.” — Carole Hackett, SVP of human resources
Whole Foods Market
Current openings: 1804
Jobs site: wholefoodsmarket.com/careers
What they’re looking for: There are team member and leadership positions available in stores, regional offices, the global support center, and other facilities.
Job title with the largest number of openings: There are 273 Grocery Service Team Member positions and 221 Front End & Customer Service positions available.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “Start interacting with Team Members before, during, and after the application process. If you’re invited to an interview, ask specific questions about everyday life as a Team Member, such as ‘Tell me what brought you to Whole Foods. What am I expected to do in the next 30 to 90 days? How will my success be measured?’
Ask your interviewer what core value he/she identifies with most (and be prepared to answer it yourself). Read as much as you can about the history of Whole Foods, and be prepared to talk about our mission and what about it resonates with you. We’re looking for earnest answers to this question – not just someone who can recite what’s on our website.” — Andres Traslavina, senior global recruiter
Current openings: 1,800
Jobs site: ey.com/careers
What they’re looking for: All of the company’s service lines are hiring: advisory, assurance, core business services, tax and transactions.
Job title with the largest number of openings: The service lines hiring the most are advisory and tax; advisory with about 450 positions open in the U.S. and tax with about 700.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “Candidates need to demonstrate technical knowledge in their discipline, but also a passion for solving problems and using a global mindset to tackle complex issues for multinational clients worldwide.” — Larry Nash, recruiting leader
The Cheesecake Factory
What they’re looking for: The company is hiring restaurant staff, restaurant managers and kitchen managers, corporate and bakery administrators, and bakery production workers.
Job title with the largest number of openings: There are approximately 560 server positions currently available.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “To create an environment where our guests consistently receive a delicious and memorable experience, we hire staff who naturally ooze warmth and hospitality, radiate positive energy, never compromise their incredibly high standards of excellence, and love to celebrate. Candidates who are compassionate and demonstrate the ability to focus on the needs of others stand out; we provide extensive training to teach people everything they need to be successful in their roles,” —Claire Prager, vice president of talent selection
Recreational Equipment (REI)
What they’re looking for: As a retailer with nearly 140 stores, REI is always looking for people that love living a life outdoors and helping customers do the same—through deep product knowledge, community connections, great customer service and more. In particular, the outdoors chain often needs retail sales specialists. REI also has a variety of positions at its corporate offices in Kent, Wash., and at its call center in Sumner, Wash., that support the retail stores. Some of those positions include front end developers, merchandising planning managers, security threat engineers, direct marketing program managers, and outdoor school instructors.
Job title with the largest number of openings: There are 500 open retail sales specialist positions.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “We’re here to inspire, educate, and outfit for a lifetime of adventure. We love to get outside, and we are looking for candidates who are passionate, inspiring, and can do great work no matter what their specialty. —Therese Hightower, director of talent acquisition
Nationwide Mutual Insurance
What they’re looking for: There are openings in customer service, claims, information systems, sales, and underwriting.
Job title with the largest number of openings: There are 306 customer service openings.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “Candidates who are well versed in the specific job they are interviewing for and demonstrate that they can listen, comprehend and ask intelligent questions at the end of the interview, show up well to my recruiters.” — Rocky Parker, vice president of talent acquisition
Texas Health Resources
What they’re looking for: The health care company is hiring for many positions, including nurse practitioners, peri-operative services nurses, women’s services nurses, emergency nurses, critical care and case management nurses, certified surgical technicians, rehab professionals (physical therapists, occupational therapists), health information management professionals (Coders), information systems, human resources, lab (medical technologists), radiology, pharmacists, entry level support positions, nursing leadership, directors, managers, supervisors and clinical nurse leaders, HR leadership, finance/accounting/revenue cycle leadership, physician practice operations leadership, health system/hospital operations leadership, and allied & support service leadership
Job title with the largest number of openings: There are 345 registered nurse positions.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: Texas Health Resources wants its family of contributors to hold themselves accountable to deliver nothing short of excellence. Of course, we’re looking for the candidates with outstanding background and skills. But more than that, we take note of the individuals who best fit our culture. Tell us your story, show us examples of how you treat people with respect and compassion. Help us feel the empathy you have for patients, families, your coworkers, and the community you serve.” — Dana Cates, director of system recruitment and workforce planning
What they’re looking for: The company is seeking product developers, product managers, marketers, software engineers, IT system engineers, tax advisors, inside sales, and care professionals. It also has openings for data scientists and interaction designers.
Job title with the largest number of openings: There are 264 service and support representative positions available.
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “I’m impressed with candidates who are dedicated to their craft, have demonstrated a track-record of learning, and are naturally passionate about the customer. I also appreciate candidates who have taken the time to research and understand our operating values. It’s refreshing to speak with candidates, whether they are sold on us or not, who can give me examples of how our values resonate with them.” — Glenda Nieva, talent acquisition manager
What they’re looking for: The company is continuing to invest in technical talent. This includes positions in engineering as well as field sales engineers and consultants. Recruiters are also looking for strong sales talent. In addition, they are continuing to hire within core business departments, including marketing, legal, and HR.
Job title with the largest number of openings: More than half the available positions are in product (includes all of R&D/engineering/product management).
Secrets to impressing their recruiters: “Candidates should be passionate and understand what they’re looking for both personally and professionally. Developing and maintaining relationships is essential. I always encourage candidates to keep in close contact with their recruiter, stay top of mind, and be patient for the right opportunity.” — Tracie Giles, director of global staffing