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Memphis is a city of 652,000 residents, located on the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee. It’s most well-known for the various strains of blues, soul and rock 'n' roll music that originated there. It’s the 26th largest city in the U.S. and the biggest along the Mississippi. The city is a regional center for commerce, education, media, art, and entertainment. Some famous landmarks include Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion, the Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Blues Hall of Fame, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
The City of Memphis is one of the largest southern markets for agricultural goods and natural resources like cotton and lumber. Its location at the intersection of five major freight railroads and two interstate highways makes it ideal for doing business in transportation and shipping. Three Fortune 500 companies call Memphis TN home, including FedEx Express, which is #63 on the list. It’s also the home of a number of schools, colleges, and at least five different universities.
With the large urban population of Memphis, jobs in the cotton and lumber industries are definitely plentiful. Companies like Allenberg Cotton, which is part of the Louis Dreyfus Corporation, employs more than 22,000 people. Cargill Cotton and Verso Paper provide jobs for over 5,000 between them. Two other large employers of Memphis residents are Gibson Guitars based in Nashville, and Smith and Nephew. When these companies are recruiting, they make it a point to focus on hiring veterans, women, and people from other minority population groups.
Many veterans exit the military with excellent driving skills, so a city with a large transportation focus and a company like FedEx Express offers several opportunities at all levels. At the time of writing, the SimplyHired website showed FedEx looking for truck drivers at between $75,000 and $95,000 per year. Along with vehicles, it’s common to find vehicle maintenance jobs, and online advertisements showed multiple openings for mechanics of various types. And, of course, with the large number of residents, there are multiple administrative jobs that need to be filled. These include payroll clerks, sales operatives, and human resources personnel.
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