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Walmart Optimistic They'll Fill 300 Jobs For New North Dakota Store

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Nearly anywhere else in the country, people can't find jobs.  In North Dakota, jobs can't find people.

How hard is it to hire Walmart employees?  Turns out, plenty.  

A new store in Mandan, North Dakota, needs 300 employees trained and ready for a Fall opening.  The problem?  The town's population is only 18,000.  

Even considering the additional 62,000 people across the river in Bismarck, it's still difficult.  One reason -- Bismarck already has two Walmart stores.  Another is the smoking hot North Dakota economy where "help wanted" and "now hiring" signs are in already in abundant supply.  "It is quite the task ahead of us," says Andrew Coppersmith, Store Manager for the new Walmart store in Mandan.

Even so, Walmart is hopeful.  From health insurance to 401k, officials say they've got lots to offer -- whether you are a career changer or just starting out.  In fact, the new store manager in Mandan started with the company just seven years ago.  "We've got a number of supervisory roles available that can help jump start a career change.  If you're looking for just a part-time job, just a little supplemental income, we've got that," says Coppersmith.
They're actively recruiting military too.  The Walmart "Veterans Welcome Home Commitment" Program offers a job to any qualified vet honorably discharged within the past 12 months.  Coppersmith points out, "those are the first applicants that we're looking at."

Walmart says they're competitive with an average pay in North Dakota at more than $14 dollars an hour.  So if you're ready, they're willing.  Because ready or not, the store opens this Fall.

A temporary hiring center is located in the HIT building at 2640 Sunset Drive, Mandan.


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