About Bonnie Pfister

Bonnie Pfister Bonnie Pfister is a former journalist who has worked in New York City, New Jersey, Arizona and along the Texas-Mexico border. She recently gum-banded back to Pittsburgh, and is the content and social media editor of ImaginePittsburgh.com.
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Congratulations to ImaginePittsburgh.com sponsor PITT OHIO, which earned top honors in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s annual ranking of best places to work in the region. That’s good news for job seekers, because the family-run company is actively seeking men and women for one of the most high-demand jobs in the Pittsburgh region. (More on that below.)

PittOhio_IPFeaturePITT OHIO was ranked the No. 1 place to work among large Pittsburgh region companies (more than 400 employees), while CEO Charles “Chuck” Hammel was named top leader in the large-company category for the second time.

The Post-Gazette’s survey partner, WorkplaceDynamics, invited 1,401 Pittsburgh area companies to participate and received completed, confidential surveys from nearly 16,000 employees at 126 organizations. The survey’s 22 questions measured seven factors, three of which addressed how they feel about their day-to-day job.

Participating PITT OHIO employees noted: “I have the latitude and flexibility to get my job done;” “a very professional, caring organization;” “they are friendly, open-minded, flexible and honest.”

It’s rewarding for PITT OHIO to be held in high esteem by its workforce, said Executive Vice President Geoff Muessig. “Excellent customer service is a prerequisite for success in our business and high employee morale is a prerequisite for excellent customer service.”

The Strip District-based trucking company was founded in 1979, specializing in hauling less than full truckloads of goods across the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. It has since expanded to handling supply chain needs of other businesses and delivering packages across North America, employing 567 people across the Pittsburgh region.

PITT OHIO has several immediate openings for commercial truck drivers – the most in-demand job in the Pittsburgh region – as well as for mechanics and dockworkers. It is also seeking business system analysts and other office-based jobs, and offers internships with hands-on experience in a range of jobs across the company. Its postings listings tout competitive wages and 100 percent employer-paid medical insurance.

Overall in the Pittsburgh region, employees surveyed indicated that organization health was the most important issue for them. Pay and benefits were lowest among the seven factors. WorkplaceDynamics’ website called that unsurprising: “Time and time again, [our] research has shown paying more money does not make a bad workplace better.

“What really motivates employees is feeling they are part of a company that is going places. This means an organization that sets a clear direction for its future and how it conducts itself; executes well and has a culture of high performance; and creates a strong connection between employees and the company by showing appreciation and by bringing meaning to work.”

You can learn more about WorkplaceDynamics methodology and findings here, and read the Pittsburgh-related results here.

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Find a job, advance your career, build a life you’ll love: ImaginePittsburgh.com.

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Looking for a well-compensated job in a field that’s an intrinsic part of nearly everything you see and touch? Consider the chemical industry.

Jobs as technicians, engineers, researchers, business-to-business sales and others to support all of the above are abundant in companies that make everything from surgical devices no larger than an eyelash to cables that support bridges, office towers and power plants. Some 5,000 of these jobs are in the Pittsburgh region at 250 companies as PPG Industries, Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience), Calgon Carbon, Braskem and more.

So it’s not surprising that for 48 years the region has celebrated Pittsburgh Chemical Day, a gathering that shares best practices and trends in science, R&D, policy, markets and talent attraction and development. On Oct. 6, PPG Industries President and CEO Michael H. McGarry delivered the luncheon keynote address for the day-long event at the Heinz History Center.

“The chemical and coatings industry is poised to grow, but we must tackle key challenges to achieve continued success,” McGarry said. A big part of that is working to improve education and talent attraction, as Pittsburgh faces a looming shortage in skilled workers as Baby Boomers retire. (You can read more about McGarry’s comments in this Pittsburgh Business Times article.)

Eric Giles of Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience) is one of those young workers who has found great opportunities – and a great life – working in the chemical industry here. A senior R&D specialist, Giles left his hometown for college and considered a range of cities to launch his career. But he chose Pittsburgh for its multi-national scope and opportunities in product development.

Learn more about Eric Giles in the video below.

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Military Veterans: DTE Energy Resources is seeking a veteran for a open electrical engineer’s job. Connect with DTE and other HR managers ready to hire at ServiceToOpportunity.org, a sister project to ImaginePittsburgh.com.

Did you know there are more than 29,000 positions open today across the 10-county region on ImaginePittsburgh.com? That’s the region’s hub for information about employers, careers and job postings that are updated nightly from more than 1,000 jobs boards and corporate websites.

Here are few of the jobs available right now from ImaginePittsburgh.com’s Featured Employers:

Chief Talent Leader at UPMC Enterprises

Settlement Coordinator at Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Engineering Technician at EQT Corp.

Global Planning Strategist at Alcoa

Revenue Cycle Manager at Premier Medical Associates

Not quite what you were looking for? Check out our Neighbors page to see what kinds of careers young and mid-career professionals are pursuing. You can reach out to the Neighbors for networking ideas via the LinkedIn addresses include in their profiles. And stay up-to-date with new job postings and other news about building a great life in the Pittsburgh region via our newsletter, our RSS feedFacebookTwitter or  LinkedIn.

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Military veterans: Service To OpportunitySM wants YOU to get two free tickets to a Buccos home game this summer.

Veterans or transitioning service members who create a profile at ServiceToOpportunity.org will receive two free tickets to a Pirates home game, while supplies last. Creating a profile is easy and takes just five minutes.

STO.org is uniquely powerful matching tool that connects job-seeking veterans with Pittsburgh-region energy and manufacturing companies ready to hire. Unlike other services, STO connects job seekers with real, live human beings — hiring managers at more than two dozen employers that have signed onto the mission of helping southwestern Pennsylvania’s veterans find rewarding, family-sustaining careers in energy and manufacturing. So your resume won’t fall through the usual black hole on its way to NoResponseville. When you use your profile to click on an STO employer’s open job, you’ll hear from an actual HR professional ready to help you find your best opportunity at that company.

Even if you’re not job-hunting right now, it’s always a good career move to have your resume out in places where recruiters are looking for talented, hardworking veterans. It won’t cost you a thing, and two Pirates’ tickets are the payoff for making a profile.

What are you waiting for? Sign up here, and pass the word to your fellow servicemen and women.

ServiceToOpportunity.org is part of Service To OpportunitySM, a program of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development funded by Chevron Corp. through its Appalachia Partnership Initiative and the Colcom Foundation. 

Questions? Contact Service To OpportunitySM Outreach Manager James Yauger at jyauger@alleghenyconference.org or 412-281-4783 x3129.

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Not a veteran? That’s OK; it’s going to take all of us to fill the more than 20,000 positions open now across the southwestern Pennsylvania — a figure that’s projected to grow as Baby Boomers retire. Check out our powerful job search aggregator at ImaginePittsburgh.com, and find jobs in IT, business, healthcare, energy, manufacturing and more — many of which do not require a four-year college degree. 

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ImaginePittsburgh.com is hiring immediately for a paid internship to help update the site and maintain its social media channels. Check out the job here or by clicking on the image below. You must be enrolled in a college or university through at least spring 2016.

Please explore this website and its social media channels, tell us briefly why you want the job, and email your spotless resume and three samples of nonfiction writing to hrdept@alleghenyconference.org.

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There are more 20,000 jobs open today across the Pittsburgh region, part of a vibrant economy with jobs in business and financial services, healthcare and life sciences, IT, energy and manufacturing. If you’re a Pittsburgher looking to advance your career, or have friends and colleagues elsewhere who’d like to move here, you should be checking out ImaginePittsburgh.com on a regular basis. Our 10-county jobs aggregator is updated nightly. For example, today you’ll find jobs like these:

 Medical Records Scanner at Premier Medical Associates

Virtual Construction/LEED Specialist at PJ Dick

Payroll Specialist at Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Senior Recruiter at Bayer

Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. (CAT) is seeking a military veteran for an Industrial Machinery Mechanic position. Veterans can connect with CAT and other employers here.

You can also reach out to our Neighbors – young and mid-career professionals who have chosen Pittsburgh — for networking ideas via the LinkedIn addresses include in their profiles. And stay up-to-date with new job postings and other news about building a great life in the Pittsburgh region via our monthly newsletter, our RSS feedFacebookTwitter or LinkedIn.

Are you a military veteran looking for a job with good pay, benefits and opportunities to advance? Check out our sister website, ServiceToOpportunity.org. There you can register in just a few minutes to be connected directly with regional energy and manufacturing companies that are keen to hire returning military servicemen and women. Learn more  here.