Now Hiring: JPMorgan Chase Expanding in Florida

You hear so much these days about hiring and firing in the financial sector: Wall Street is wasting away, banks are booming -- it's hard to know exactly which financial jobs are hot, and which are not. Well, we've got true, reliable, insider information on that subject, at least for those who live in Florida, especially in the Tampa Bay area. In August, JPMorgan Chase will be hiring as many as 200 new employees as it ramps up its presence in The Sunshine State.

Those 200 new jobs are part of the more than 600 openings statewide. To break the numbers down, about 30 of those new positions will involve auto loan collections. Then there are another 180 available positions in Chase's Tampa Bay area bank branches. The positions include managers, personal bankers and tellers.

Almost everyone in Florida is familiar with Chase's massive credit card network, but not so much with their personal banking services. Ever since the company bought Washington Mutual, however, and acquired more than 200 locations in Florida, JP Morgan Chase has been making an effort to expand its brand, giving the old Washington Mutual brand a rest, according to the Tampa Bay edition of the St. Petersburg Times.

The news source also reported that several months ago, JPMorgan Chase announced intentions to invest more than $100 million in new Florida branches, with 37 more branches opening throughout the state, each with at least a dozen employees. Specifically, there will be 12 branches in central-west Florida, in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Sarasota counties. There will also be 16 branches in southeast Florida, six branches in southwest Florida, and three branches in Central Florida.

Those interested in banking jobs can check out their options at CareerBuilder. There also will be a couple of job fairs, for those who want auto loan positions, to be held July 26 and Aug. 4 at 4900 Memorial Highway in Tampa. Both fairs run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To search for collections jobs in the Tampa Bay area, you can enter requisition #110062575 and follow instructions. Also, after looking online and doing sufficient research on the company, it can't hurt to go down in person to your local branch and see what might open up. Best of luck to you.

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