Affordable, High Quality Living Draws Talent to Oxford, MS

Take a closer look at this dynamic community that is ideal for job seekers.

By
Julie Young
On Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 14:37
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It’s no secret that Oxford and Lafayette County offer a quality of life few college towns can match, and when it comes to attracting a diverse, well-educated workforce, hiring managers are quick to point to that as a top selling point.

Diego Lejwa, owner of Express Employment Professionals says Oxford offers all of the benefits of a big city without a lot of employees, while others are seeking one special person. Oxford is a very dynamic community that is worth looking into if you are seeking a job.”

Bethany Cooper agrees. As principal talent acquisition for CoreLogic, a big-data software company building next-generation solutions for the real estate industry, she says Oxford is a great place to cultivate team losing its small-town charm, and as one of the top staffing companies in North America, he is proud to help match Lafayette County employers with talent in everything from entry-level positions to managerial roles.

“We have office positions, warehouse openings, manufacturing jobs, opportunities in skilled trade, engineering, and so much more,” he says.

“Some positions require a lot of employees, while others are seeking one special person. Oxford is a very dynamic community that is worth looking into if you are seeking a job.”

Bethany Cooper agrees. As principal talent acquisition for CoreLogic, a big-data software company building next-generation solutions for the real estate industry, she says Oxford is a great place to cultivate team members for several open positions and help them grow within the organization.

“We are a $2 billion company headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices all over the country. So if you are just out of college and are looking for a company that can offer you a team-oriented culture and opportunity for advancement, CoreLogic may be right for you,” Cooper says.

CoreLogic’s Oxford campus offers employees a holistic atmosphere that focuses on health, wellness and life balance. Not only are team members encouraged to use the walking trails, basketball court, fitness classes and ping pong table during their lunch breaks, but they also have the opportunity to take part in employee-led initiatives and company-sponsored events that give back to the community. Once a week, they gather everyone together for a celebratory gathering called “You Rock,” which highlights employee contributions and allows their 200-person workforce to get to know one another and meet new hires.

“We are always eager to bring new people into the fold and acknowledge those who have been here for 20 years. We are proud of our diverse workforce and being part of the ‘Cultural Mecca of the South’ that offers plenty of charm and lots of Southern hospitality,” Cooper says.

As a Loan Acquisition System (LAS) that has been streamlining the home loan industry for the past three years, Mortgage Trade, or mTrade, does not compete in the same space as CoreLogic, but it often competes for the same employees. Buster Hale, director of human resources, says mTrade has technical jobs that require subject matter experts as well as document processing positions and those that are strictly financial.

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“We use a lot of contractors for our hourly jobs, but we do have a career path in place for those who want to grow into one of our full-time employees,” he says.

Hale says mTrade knows it has to set itself apart by offering an exciting work environment, a competitive benefits package and a few attractive perks, such as a family membership to the YMCA.

“That is something that has been well received by our employees,” he says.

“They can use it at any of the 11 YMCA locations throughout the region."

Hale is confident that, in time, Oxford can become a major tech hub with 10,000 jobs in the area and employees who are eager to live in a community with a low cost of living and a great quality of life.

“Oxford is a great place to raise a family,” he says.

“Not only are there plenty of great schools, but there are lots of things to see and do and a number of places where you can build a career. So what are you waiting for?”