OKLAHOMA CITY — When Love's Travel Stops decided it needed 1,200 new employees, it did the most straightforward thing: It invited potential workers to come in.
Love's first National Hiring Day was held Feb. 28 at more than 350 Love's Truck Tire Care and Speedco locations across the U.S. that welcomed potential new full-time and part-time hires for job interviews.
Drew Graham, Love's director of operations, said more than 1,000 interviewees had registered for National Hiring Day as of Feb. 20.
Employee attrition was not an issue in Love's decision to hold a National Hiring Day, Mr. Graham said, because the company's retention rate is excellent. Rather, Love's is just trying to find good people to meet its needs.
"We're a growing company, and tire care and mechanical service are a big part of our portfolio," Mr. Graham said. Love's employs over 23,000 at more than 480 locations in 41 states.
Choosing Feb. 28 as National Hiring Day was deliberate, Mr. Graham said, because Love's biggest season for tire service and mechanical repair is the summer.
"We pledge to give our new hires exceptional training," he said. "To get them up to speed, we must give them 45 to 60 days of work experience. Hiring in February gives them the chance to be ready for the summer season."
Love's asked applicants to bring their up-to-date resumes and in some cases offered jobs on the spot to qualified applicants, contingent on their successfully completing drug screenings and background checks.
The hallmark of Love's approach to hiring is its mechanic apprenticeship program, which allows apprentices to earn a competitive wage while working toward the designation of a diesel mechanic, according to the company.
Graduates of the program can expect wages of $22 to $27 per hour and receive tool kits worth $2,500, which are theirs to keep, Love's said.
Love's said it offers good benefits to both full-time and part-time employees. For full-time workers, this includes 401(k) accounts with matching contributions; medical, dental and life insurance coverage; flexible scheduling; holiday pay; and competitive weekly pay.