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BLOOMINGTON — State Farm is looking to fill 200 to 300 full-time jobs, mostly entry-level claims and customer service positions, in Bloomington.

The company hopes to find qualified applicants at a career expo from 2 to 7 p.m Monday at DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington.

The job fair follows the insurer's recent move to cut 890 non-management analyst positions in Bloomington as part of an ongoing realignment of its information technology divisions, which the company now calls enterprise technology (ET).

About 380 of the ET positions are being moved to State Farm's three larger hubs in Atlanta, Dallas and Phoenix.

"We have staffing needs in other departments that we need to fill at this time," said State Farm spokesman Dave Oloffson. "These positions are to fill staffing needs that are growing here in Bloomington. That's what is driving this career fair. That's all being driven by the customers' needs."

Between 200 and 300 positions are open right now, said Oloffson, adding "more could be more coming this summer. So a variety of departments will be represented at this career expo ... for future openings, as well."

The new jobs are mostly customer service positions in its claims and State Farm Bank divisions, he said.

"Most of those are going to be full-time entry-level jobs. Starting pay is going to be $16 an hour," said Oloffson. "Customer service experience would be encouraged because they would be dealing with customers online or via the phone."

Some salaried positions are open in State Farm's learning and development and enterprise technology divisions, and its new product development and innovation/research lab. There also will be opportunities to become a State Farm agent.

Hiring managers will be onsite. Recruiters will be available to discuss the current opportunities, benefits and application process. Onsite interviews may be conducted.

For detailed job descriptions, a list of all job opportunities, and to apply, visit www.statefarm.com/careers. Candidates are encouraged to apply in advance and to bring multiple copies of their resumes to the career expo.

Starting pay could be higher than $16 an hour for some entry-level positions. The company says it offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience for professional-level salaried positions. Health insurance options, tuition reimbursement up to $7,500 annually, and 401(k) and fully funded pension plans are part of full-time employee benefits.

As part of a massive restructuring that the company says will better serve its customers, State Farm is selling its 89-year-old original headquarters building in downtown Bloomington and closing other facilities across the U.S. over the next four years.

The Bloomington-based workforce remains about 15,000 employee. The company has about 65,000 employees across the U.S., including 23,000 employed at the hubs in Georgia, Texas and Arizona.


Contact Maria Nagle at (309) 820-3244. Follow her on Twitter: @Pg_Nagle

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Bloomington Reporter

Bloomington reporter for The Pantagraph.

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