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Red wagon. Is any more explanation necessary? You’re probably already picturing Dennis the Menace pulling his Radio Flyer wagon behind his little red bike. Or maybe you’re thinking about your village’s 4th of July parade where all the kids decorate their bikes and pull wagons behind them with their younger siblings in them (ok maybe that’s just my memory). Nearly everyone has a childhood memory associated with Radio Flyer (hopefully it’s not because you have a scar from a spill you took out of a Radio Flyer wagon). What’s your Radio Flyer memory? If for some reason wagon rides and Radio Flyer weren’t part of your childhood, you can get up to speed with this video.
When we read a tweet by Kate Fettig Hill, a PR counselor in the mom/baby/toys/food area, we were surprised to learn that Radio Flyer is hiring (hey Kate, looks like Twitter is working, huh?). She was noting her disappointment that Radio Flyer was left off Chicago Mag’s list of 20+ Local Companies That Are Hiring (which apparently isn’t available online). Well that’s ok, because Radio Flyer has been identified as having One of Chicago’s Coolest Offices. We weren’t expecting much from Radio Flyer’s Careers site, because other companies with similar brand profiles (100 years old, family owned, storied product) that we’ve checked out usually skimp on the Careers section of their sites. This is not the case with Radio Flyer, they’ve put a lot of effort into their online recruiting presence. It might do them well to create a separate section for internships, but the position that they have listed appears to be a new one, so we’ll give them a break.
Radio Flyer isn’t currently hiring at the entry-level, but we want to tell you about their jobs anyway. Their site does a great job of describing the different departments that they have – Marketing, Product Development , Sales / Customer Service, Administration, and Operations. They do have openings in Customer Service and Product Development, but they want at least 3 years of experience or more for these positions. It’s possible that you might qualify for one of these positions, but we’d recommend that you try cold calling instead. They do claim to be a great place to launch your career, so they should at least consider hiring a new college grad for an entry-level position. There are internships at Radio Flyer too, and we know that’s a good sign that a company is entry-level friendly. Maybe you’ll land a job, and get to work on a new version of the World’s Largest Wagon. Radio Flyer’s Careers Site says, “When making a hiring decision, we ask ourselves: Is this person outstanding? Will I learn from this person? Do I admire this person? Will this person live our ‘Little Red Rule?'” If you’re outstanding, admirable, and can teach the folks who make little red wagons a thing or two, send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. They just might find a place to put you.
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