Bonnie Pfister

Pittsburgh’s got jobs — plenty of ‘em. There are tens of thousands of jobs open today in the 10-county region on the ImaginePittsburgh.com job search engine, which aggregates in one convenient place career postings from thousands of corporate websites and search engines.

Here are just a few on offer right now:

Production Pipefitter @ Elliott Group

Global Treasury Director @ MSA

General Manager, Catering @ Eat’n Park

Software Engineering Lead @ PNC

Engineers & Scientists @ Schlumberger

There’s also an opening for a Marketing Associate at our sister organization, the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance.

Bookmark our Work page to check back regularly for more career opportunities. You can also sign up for our monthly ImaginePittsburgh.com eNewsletter, or follow us by RSS feed, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or our other social media channels.

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Bonnie Pfister
Bryan and Katrina Brantley
Bryan and Katrina Brantley

Bryan Brantley planned only a short stay in Pittsburgh: law school at Duquesne, then set the legal world on fire in New York or some other major big city. Job offers elsewhere were forthcoming, but it turned out the Pittsburgh where he had made his home for three years was far different – more interesting, with more career opportunities – than he’d originally anticipated.

Nearly a decade later, Brantley’s still here: married to attorney Katrina Brantley, and putting down roots together in Deutschtown on the near North Side. Learn about his career with McGuireWoods and how he spends his downtime at his Neighbor profile on ImaginePittsburgh.com, a virtual concierge that highlights work, play and live options in the 10-county region.

There you can check out tens of thousands of jobs gathered by our job aggregator, sign up for updates about the region through our social media channels or RRS feed and find Neighbors who may share your interests by taking the “Find Yourself in Pittsburgh!” quiz.

Nicole Ziccarelli

DSC_7959How far can $100 take a young family of five in Westmoreland County? Pretty far, it turns out, if you visit Fort Ligonier Days. This popular festival — attracting more than 100,000 people annually to this town of 1,600 — commemorates the Battle of Fort Ligonier during the French and Indian War, fought on October 12, 1758.

On a clear, cool October Saturday, my husband and I loaded up our three children, ages 16 months to 2 ½ years, and arrived in Ligonier around 10 a.m. We parked ($5) and walked to the Diamond – the town’s main square — to catch the parade. Along the way, we stopped at the local fire department to explore the trucks and gear. We passed onlookers awaiting the parade as we walked up Main Street with our strollers in tow. We even had time to grab a coffee ($1) and hot apple cider ($1) from local vendors.

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We reached the Diamond just in time to get a spot about two rows back from the parade route and enjoy a myriad of local high school and college bands, floats, local TV personalities and re-enactors of historic military units. As the parade marched on, we grabbed a gyro ($6), French fries ($6), and drinks ($4). We even treated all three little ones to a vanilla shake ($3) at the local ice cream parlor. Of course, the day wouldn’t have been complete without at least one mess and we had to grab a Ligonier Days t-shirt ($12) for our son as a replacement.

The town was replete with artisans and vendors. Kids Korner was packed with kid-friendly crafts, games, and entertainment. Our son was especially thrilled to meet Super WHY and win a large stuffed prize from the fishing pond ($5). Our little twins took in all of the sights and sounds of the day, mostly from their stroller, but we also let them run around in a local park on the way back to our car.

It was a lovely family day in a picturesque, friendly place and we did it all for $43.

Nicole Ziccarelli blogs periodically for ImaginePittsburgh.com about affordable, family-friendly outings across the Pittsburgh region. An attorney and mother of three, she shares simple, healthy recipes on her blog, Mediterranean Baby.com.

Bonnie Pfister

Rehka Shukla is comfortable living and working across cultures. Born in India but raised in Wisconsin, she studied East Asian economic and political development in New York before heading to Thailand to work in the nonprofit sector. But when she and her journalist husband decided to start a family 15 years ago, they looked for a place back in the United States where they could continue work with an international bent AND afford to raise a family. That led them to Mount Lebanon, a suburban community just several light-rail stops south of downtown.

“You have this image of Pittsburgh having been this smoky, oppressive urban environment,” Shukla said. “It (is) anything but that.”

Shukla and her family love the region for its rich outdoor amenities, theater and other cultural events and a warm circle of friends – some life-long residents, others equally “new” to the region.

You learn more by watching Shukla’s video below, or reading her Neighbor profile on ImaginePittsburgh.com, a virtual concierge that highlights work, play and live options in the 10-county region. You can read about other Neighbors, look for a job among the tens of thousands gathered by our powerful job aggregator, sign up for updates about the region through our social media channels or RRS feeds and take the “Find Yourself in Pittsburgh!” quiz to be matched up with Neighbors who may share your interests and have tips on what’s fun and engaging to do in the region.

Meredith Fahey

PierogieFeaturePittsburgh is home to pierogies. I mean the little cabbage or potato and cheese stuffed pasta pockets run around PNC Park during every home Pirates game. Pierogies were also featured on the cover of November’s Pittsburgh magazine; it seems like the city is in a bit of a pierogie craze. To Pittsburghers, this is nothing new, but to a newcomer this love affair may seem odd — isn’t it just a ravioli?

Actually the pierogie isn’t really a craze but a long-standing staple of Pittsburghers’ diets, dating from the strong eastern European heritage of those who came to work in the mills generations ago. And that’s just one of many things newcomers learn at Pittsburgh’s Dine Arounds.

In a broader effort to extend the welcome past hello and connect people, Vibrant Pittsburgh, the World Affairs Council and Pop City Media have teamed up to host local Dine Arounds for newcomers. On Oct. 23 the second city-wide Dine Around was hosted various Pittsburgh families in homes from Mt. Washington to Highland Park in an effort to welcome newcomers to the city, to answer their questions about the little idiosyncrasies that make our region unique and to connect them to other newcomers. The Dine Arounds give hosts an opportunity to meet some of the many internationally minded folks who are moving to the region.

This time around, there was professional photography and a social media strategy to create buzz. And after dinner, everyone was invited for dessert at the Society of Contemporary Craft to meet the larger group and share their night’s experiences.

“The Dine Around is a great way to connect with interesting people, get to know different neighborhoods and begin to understand the city through the eyes of locals,” said Jon Neckers, a Michigan native, returned Peace Corps volunteer and recent graduate of Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. “I’ve been here for three years now, but still feel like a newcomer. Everyone is friendly, but Pittsburgh can be a hard nut to crack.”

Connecting newcomers to locals through Dine Arounds is a unique strategy for a city that has struggled with diversity and talent attraction and retention. But there is good news: since 2008 more people have been moving to the region than leaving it, and in the past five years the number of 20- to 34-year-olds calling the region home grew by 7 percent. That figure is expected to grow by another 8 percent by 2020, according to economic forecasting by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Social and Urban Research. This is good for a region with one of the oldest populations in the nation — and good for future Dine Arounds.

To put your name on the email list for the next Dine Around, visit  VibrantPittsburgh.org.

Meredith Fahey

ImaginePittsburgh.com, the Pittsburgh region’s go-to resource for job and career opportunities, has links to tens of thousands of jobs open right now. And through data analysis and focus groups, the ImaginePittsburgh team is able to identify the most in-demand jobs cited by the region’s employers.

As Laura Fisher, senior vice president of Workplace at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, notes, “Our economy is diverse and increasingly more knowledge-driven. This is evident in the types of jobs that are most in demand on our job search engine. STEM skills and expertise are increasingly important for many careers, but that doesn’t mean you need an advanced degree to get one of these jobs. Often some training beyond high school can make a big difference.”

Pittsburgh is the only region in the country to have developed a tool to gather all the jobs posted online into one searchable database. The job aggregator is the result of collaboration between the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the Conference Board, a nonprofit based in New York. “Our aggregator pulls jobs from companies and job boards hiring in all 10 counties. This is a real benefit for employers seeking talent as well as for individuals looking to advance their careers with new opportunities.”

In the first week of November the site was tracking 20,800 open jobs across a variety of industries and occupations. By occupation, the five most in-demand categories are the software sector, engineering, IT in the financial services sector, industrial maintenance technicians, and nursing. Regional employers are particularly interested in individuals with information technology skills. A quick search on ImaginePittsburgh.com for anything IT-related yields dozens to hundreds of results. In the months to come, ImaginePittsburgh.com will be reaching out to IT professionals across the region and nation to make them aware of the career opportunities emerging here in this sector.