MT. STERLING, Ill. - Dot Foods is kicking off its third annual High School to Warehouse recruitment program. The goal of the program is to offer warehouse jobs at the nation's largest food redistributor to high school students immediately after graduation. Recruiters are visiting Mt. Sterling area high schools now, and hope to offer jobs to up to 30 students. Over the past two years, 45 students have been accepted into the program.
By working at Dot Foods three to four days a week, graduates are considered full time and can become eligible for tuition reimbursement, incentive based pay, insurance, bonuses and profit sharing, safety incentive programs, company outings and advancement opportunities.
"Two-thirds of our managers currently working at Dot Foods were promoted from within the company," said Christina Crandall, Dot Foods Illinois Recruiter. "So you can see there are great opportunities to start in the warehouse and follow a Dot Foods career path to a great career in the food distribution industry."
Graduates will eventually have a wide range of career paths from which to choose, including within the warehouse, transportation, sales, marketing, purchasing, accounting, human resources, information technology and training.
"I like the different aspects of the job and the different paths that I get trained in," said Paige Allen, a recent graduate and recruit. "The leadership group is awesome and try to work with you on anything. They have been proactively asking what employees want to be trained on."
Graduates must meet some requirements:
- High School diploma/GED
- Capable of lifting up to 60 lbs
- Ability to consistently meeting the minimum production standards and company service levels
- Ability to meet pre-employment testing, including a Physical Ability Test
- Willing and able to work in temperature extremes including high heat/humidity and below freezing temperatures
- Sufficient vision and hearing necessary to operate powered equipment safely
Dot Foods warehouse workers are responsible for building pallets of product for shipment, receiving product into the warehouse, putting away product in the fill locations and replenishing product into home slots.