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Local company hiring hundreds - focused on new college grads


Recent college graduates have had a tough time finding employment since the recession, but hundreds of them have found work this year at this Ballantyne based business called XPO Logistics.

And the company will hire hundreds more.

"The recruiting team is really busy," says Vice President of Talent Management John Tuomala, "trying to find the best talent."

For the past several years, as companies struggled through tough economic times, the "best talent" was often defined as not too young, not too old - it seemed only experienced workers safely in the middle of their careers were getting jobs.

But that's finally changing.

"It's actually one of the most exciting parts of my job," says Tuomala, "being able to give people an opportunity to work. Especially after what we've faced over the last few years. These young millennials who are coming out of college in probably the worst economy - we're very lucky to be in a position to offer jobs to those folks."

And Tuomala says XPO also invests in them by training new employees extensively with weeks of classes.

"And then we put them out on the floor with mentors," he says, "so we're looking for all kinds of majors, all kinds of backgrounds because we don't expect you to know the business. We can teach you the business."

What they are looking for - hard workers with a competitive edge. Ashley Wade is a recruiter.

"Here at XPO," she says, "you don't necessarily have to have a background in sales. We teach you everything that you need to know. You just have to have that driven mentality."

The job involves a lot cold-calling - new hires essentially connect manufacturers with deliverers, and they're rewarded when they do.

"We give them a base salary plus commission," says Wade, "and it's uncapped commission so there's a high earning potential here."

"You can make a lot of money," adds Tuomala. "Well into the six figures once you build your book of business, build those relationships with carriers and shippers."

Alex Hanner started working here last year. 

"Overall experience?" he says. "I rate it a ten out of ten."

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