Published in the July/August 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., is America’s largest direct-to-home frozen-food delivery business, marketing and distributing about 350 frozen foods under the Schwan’s® and LiveSmart™ brands. Products include ice cream, pizza, meats, seafood, ethnic specialties, breakfast items, seasonal favorites, and desserts. Schwan’s Home Service is headquartered in Minnesota, with corporate offices in Marshall and Bloomington.
Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., is a subsidiary of The Schwan Food Company. In total, all of the subsidiaries of The Schwan Food Company have annual revenues of approximately $3 billion and employ about 16,000 people. Schwan’s Home Service operates approximately 5,000 propane-powered delivery trucks from nearly 420 sales and distribution centers across the United States.
Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., recognizes the value in recruiting both current and former military personnel to its open positions. The company has relationships with many military bases and units. The company also works with national organizations, including RecruitMilitary.com, ArmyPaYS, ACAP, Marine for Life, TAP, the Yellow Ribbon Program, ESGR, Hiring Our Heroes, and the Military Spouse Employment Partnership.
Four of Schwan’s regional recruiters are retired Army and Air Force. They provide leadership to the rest of the recruiting team on building relationships with military branches, bases, and units, and how to recruit military, veterans, and spouses.
Primarily, Schwan’s Home Service is seeking to fill territory sales leader and route sales representative positions to serve the needs of its 2.5 million customers. Route sales representatives sell and deliver more than 300 varieties of frozen food to the customer’s front door. This role demands the characteristics that many veterans already possess: superb people skills, motivation, respect for procedures and safety, a competitive nature, and the ability to think quickly.
Beyond this, veterans have experience in performing under pressure, tackling adversity, and working both individually and with teams to achieve goals. The leadership skills that veterans bring to the workplace make them not only excellent candidates for the route sales representative role, but also for leadership positions at Schwan, such as the territory sales leader and beyond.