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DETROIT - At this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Ford isn’t just showcasing cutting-edge concepts and fuel-efficient vehicles, it’s also spreading the word about the many jobs presently available at the company.
U.S. recruiters, clad in blue Go Further shirts, were scattered throughout the Ford stand looking for job seekers, mingling with visitors and answering any burning questions from interested candidates.
Phil Brissette, recruiting associate, Product Development, Ford Motor Company, talked a little bit about the job display at NAIAS.
“The booth that we have here at the auto show helps to get our presence out for Ford,” said Brissette. “We’re hiring thousands of people in various areas and we wanted to come up with unique and different ways for us to reach out to our hometown that says, “Hey, Ford wants you.”
This year, Ford plans to hire 2,200 salaried workers, filling in jobs in key areas, including Product Development, Manufacturing and Information Technology. This is the largest increase in new salaried workers in more than a decade and a direct result of Ford’s continued aggressive pace of new products.
“In today’s competitive job market, you have to do things differently and we think having a presence at the North American International Auto Show is an innovative and clever way to get the word out that we are hiring,” said Laura Kurtz, recruiting manager, Ford Motor Company. “We see this as an opportunity to find great people in unexpected places.”
Brissette confirmed that the response from the public has been tremendous. Not only did the booth run out of the career cards being distributing in a matter of three days, but the increase of traffic on the Careers website has been dramatic.
All salaried job openings at Ford are posted on the Ford Careers website (www.careers.ford.com), which is the best place for interested candidates to find more information specific to the job postings that are available, as well as detailed information regarding the company and its various key hiring areas.
Additionally, candidates are encouraged to follow Ford recruitment on key networking sites, including Twitter (http://twitter.com/FordCareers) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FordMotorCompanyCareers). Individuals who “like” the Ford Careers Facebook page and follow Ford Careers on Twitter will receive regular updates about new career opportunities at Ford Motor Company.
“One of the things that I want Ford employees to know is that you are our greatest source of candidates coming in,” said Brissette. “So let your friends and family know they can come in and work for Ford, too. We can always use the help and we’d love to have them. You are our greatest asset and resource in finding more people.”
Click here to read the company’s release announcing the intent to hire 2,200 salaried workers.