Lackluster first day of trading for Carvana on NYSE

Phoenix-based online used car retailer Carvana (NYSE: CVNA) sputtered on its first day of trading — closing at $11.10, a 26 percent drop from its opening price of $15 a share.

Trading today ranged from $10.70 to $13.94 a share for the company co-founded by Ernie Garcia, who also serves as CEO of the company.

Lackluster first day of trading for Carvana on NYSE

When job interviews go bad

Michael Hayes was a stockbroker for 14 years, but left that gig because he said he got tired of dealing with whiny rich people.

“I had a lot of wealthy clients who were constantly whining,” he said. “I got tired of listening to it.”

So 14 years ago, he started a Phoenix staffing agency, Momentum Specialized Staffing in Phoenix.

When job interviews go bad

Ask the experts: How to supervise good friends after promotion

This is a common problem, when people are promoted within an organization where their peers become their subordinates. It is a bit of a balancing act, but it is possible to draw a line between your professional and personal relationships.

Start with a sincere conversation. Let each of them know that the shift to being their boss is just as awkward for you and that you value your personal relationships with them.  Let them know that you will always try to be fair in your professional dealings, but at times, you will have to draw a line and expect the same from them as you do from your employees with whom you are not friends.

Ask the experts: How to supervise good friends after promotion

Opportunity exists for young people in skilled trades in metro Phoenix

Donley Service Center in Phoenix has a problem: Most members of its skilled workforce of plumbers and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) technicians are more than 40 years old and due to leave.

Yet young people aren’t interested in taking up the trade. Furthermore, many high schools have abandoned shop and woodworking classes, so students are missing out on basic training unless they’re going to a specialized technical school.

Opportunity exists for young people in skilled trades in metro Phoenix

Job Search Tips From Recruiters: 6 Big Mistakes to Avoid

by Kelly Gurnett

We often hear advice about what we should do when applying for jobs, job search tips that help guide our hunt for the perfect position.

But here’s something that’s even more helpful when it comes to crafting the perfect application: advice on what not to do during your job hunt.

Recruiters and hiring managers all have their own personal preferences about little things that turn them off from candidates and applications. But when you look at some of the worst offenders, you’ll see many of them have pieces in common… and those are the biggies you want to avoid.

Job Search Tips From Recruiters: 6 Big Mistakes to Avoid

Companies need dress policy in handbook

Many companies have policies in place that they deem appropriate to address health and safety concerns or the professional image required in face-to-face interaction with customers. There’s been a tendency towards a business-casual approach to workplace dress. Companies recognize policies that are too restrictive can lead to decreased employee morale.

Companies need dress policy in handbook

Walmart opening Neighborhood Market store in Phoenix

Walmart is opening a Neighborhood Market store in the Sunnyslope area, and is looking to hire up to 95 people to staff it.

Both full and part-time positions are available, said T.J. Arthur, store manager.

Walmart opening Neighborhood Market store in Phoenix

Why Do We Over Think the Interview Process?

In the last several years, I have noticed a proliferation of tests, multiple interviews and brainteasers used in the interview process. Is all of this necessary to find good employees? No would be my answer.

Why Do We Over Think the Interview Process?

Older Job Seekers Face Challenging Times

Age catches up with everyone but with companies looking to trim costs and go leaner and meaner, and in many cases younger and cheaper, these are some of the most challenging times for an older job hunter.

Older Job Seekers Face Challenging Times

Boutique Staffing Company Opportunities with Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

As a boutique staffing company, I have thought about what opportunities this giant law may provide. If your firm is under 50 employees, you may find this Act to be a major windfall.

Boutique Staffing Company Opportunities with Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)