Job seekers in St. Charles Parish may just be in luck, because they won’t have to venture far to find a windfall of job opportunities.
CarMax is hiring to fill more than 80 positions for the company’s new store in Kenner, which will open in February. It is the company’s fourth store in Louisiana, with others in Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Lafayette.
The company says it is seeking applicants for both full-time and part-time positions and is offering up to $5,000 signing bonuses for automotive technicians and $3,000 signing bonuses for automotive painters, based on the experience levels of the applicants.
Applications are being accepted online at the company’s website, jobs.carmax.com (the job listings for the Kenner site are listed for the New Orleans area).
“We’re thrilled to be hiring for our first CarMax store in the New Orleans area,” said Sharon Merrill, general manager of the opening Kenner store. “We’re a fast growing company, so we have a wide range of career paths for associates to explore.”
According to CarMax spokeswoman Lindsey Duke, the company is interviewing for positions in sales and in the business office for purchasing and service operations positions that include inventory associates, service advisors and technicians.
“We’re thrilled to be hiring for our first CarMax store in the New Orleans area.” – Sharon Merrill
Merrill said that technicians require previous automotive experience, but added most positions do not.
“The company provides lots of training and development programs to help associates grow,” Merrill said, adding that the main focus is on hiring those with strong customer service skills and integrity.
Since its creation 25 years ago, CarMax has evolved into the country’s largest used car retailer, having opened 200 stores in 41 states. It’s been named one of FORTUNE magazine’s 100 best companies to work for in each of the past 14 years, placing 34th for 2018.
CarMax’s Kenner store will be located at 1601 32nd St.
The $25 million store includes a sales lot for approximately 530 vehicles.
While 80 positions are currently offered, the store could expand to add as many as 150 total employees, according to the company, as business progresses.
Jobs at CarMax
- Most jobs do not require previous automotive experience.
- They are offering up to $5,000 signing bonuses for technicians.
- Hiring salespeople, technicians, painters, inventory associates and service advisors among other positions.
- Company representatives have said the store could eventually have as many as 150 total employees.