Who's hiring in the Valley?

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

PHOENIX -- It isn't every day the president asks to see your résumé. But it happened to Jennifer Wedel of Fort Worth, Texas, during a virtual town hall meeting this week.

“Jennifer, did I ask you what kind of engineer your husband is?” President Obama asked.

“He's a semi-conductor engineer,” Wedel replied.

She told the president her husband, Darin, an experienced engineer, has been unable to find a job in three years. That contradicts the president's message that such qualified candidates can find work easily.

“If you send me your husband's résumé, I'd be interested in finding out exactly what's happening right there,” Obama said.

But if you're not lucky enough to have the president hook you up, we asked Theresa Maher with Jobing.com to tells us who is hiring.

“We've seen growth obviously on the job-seekers side, and thankfully also on the employers side over the past year,” Maher said.

Employers like Dish Network, which is hiring 75 people from sales to technicians to managers.

Goodwill is looking to fill 50 positions with people who have a range of experience, from retail on up to corporate.

Lesser known names like TeleTech and Stream Global Services -- call centers for big-name companies -- are hiring more than 300 customer service representatives between them.

And nurses, as always, are in demand. Private hospitals -- IASIS and Abrazo Healthcare -- together own nine facilities in the Valley and are looking to hire about 400 clinical positions altogether.

“But if you are in the healthcare field, it's still a very strong industry,” Maher said. “Here in Arizona, we have a huge health care presence, so you're going to find a lot of opportunity among facilities and different parts of towns where you can work.”

Spring is busy season for Home Depot, which tells us it's hiring 70,000 people nationwide, or about 35 at each Valley store.

The key to landing one of these jobs, Maher said, is customizing your résumé before you apply.

And keep networking, she said, because like Jennifer and Darin Wedel, you could wind up with the president as a reference.

“I was just like jumping up and down. I couldn't believe the president actually wanted to look at my résumé,” Darin said.