New companies & corporate expansions mean more job opportunities.
Located halfway between Memphis and Nashville, Jackson is the perfect place to build a business, grow a business or find top talent. Thanks to industry giants, such as Kellogg’s, Toyota and Delta, and several small-to medium- size firms, there are plenty of great places to work here and plenty of good jobs to be had.
Mandy White, senior vice president of economic development for the Jackson Chamber, says her team works hard when it comes to industrial recruitment. Not only do they seek out companies similar to the ones already located in the area, but they aim to attract new businesses. Above all, they encourage existing companies to stay local when it’s time to expand.
“With any new investment comes opportunity, not only for the company itself, but also the young professionals they are hoping to attract and hire,â€ she says. “We not only work with companies to help them recruit top talent, but we also work to make the community an appealing place that companies can promote and feel good about.”
Stand Out, Stand Apart
In order to care for the health and well-being of more than half a million people living across 9,000 square miles, West Tennessee Healthcare looks for teammates who can contribute to the overall health care experience. According to Amy Garner, vice president and chief compliance and communications officer for West Tennessee Healthcare, their employees are the key component to growth as well as future successes of the patient and the organization.
“We look for teammates that help us stand apart, build a brand and develop the unique customer experience,â€ she says. “We offer more than a job. We offer career advancement opportunities coupled with a caring work family and a supportive leadership theory.”
Since 1996, the PRA Group has been playing a critical role in the consumer lending industry by delivering nonperforming loan solutions to clients in a respectful and ethical way, using data and analytics to drive business decisions focused on customer care. Angie Counce, vice president of operations for PRA Group says the type of people who fit in best with their environment are those who are resilient and can connect with a customer quickly in order to resolve their accounts.
“Our calls are very much like sales calls,â€ she says. “The role is challenging because we hear a lot of nos before we get to a yes. Individuals who do well in this role are those who can be friendly over the phone and can think on their feet in order to address a customer’s need. PRA offers great compensation and benefits as well as a fun work environment along with a friendly work family.”
As a third-generation Jacksonian and the president/owner of Master Medical Equipment, Mark Taylor says it’s an exciting time to be part of the local business community. Not only does the Chamber do a great job of bringing new businesses to the region, but those partners have helped Jackson provide a great quality of life for everyone who calls it home. Taylor says the cost of living in Jackson is unbeatable. There are plenty of things to see and do, and a wealth of career opportunities are available across a wide spectrum of industries.
“If you are looking for a great place to live and work, this is it. We have international conglomerates, companies with a focus on sustainability, health care providers, manufacturing, distribution, logistics and more,â€ Taylor says. “We’ve seen a huge influx of millennials who have come here looking to start their careers, and when you attract talent like that, you want to keep it. You want them to thrive here.”