DETROIT - Social media and networking website LinkedIn announced it will open a new office in Detroit, its first new office in the United States in 10 years.
LinkedIn evaluated more than 10 cities in the United States and chose Detroit because, "It presents a unique opportunity for LinkedIn to hire top talent and be part of an exciting economic turnaround story."
The office will be focused on sales, LinkedIn said. The company said it is already looking for people with all levels of experience.
"We're in the final stages of identifying a temporary space, and will work to find a future permanent office in 2018," the company said. "Our goal is to have our first employees in that office within the next few months, include Detroit's rising stars in LinkedIn's growing culture, and create economic opportunity."
"LinkedIn wants to be a part of Detroit's economic comeback story, and that's why we're investing here," the company said.
More from LinkedIn's senior VP of Global Solutions
Below is an official blog post from LinkedIn Senior Vice President of Global Solutions Mike Gamson on the company's move to Detroit.
"There are so many things I love about my job, but perhaps one of the best is being able to share news that gets our employees buzzing with pride and excitement. Last week I got to do just that at our company all hands with the announcement that for the first time in ten years, LinkedIn is opening a new U.S. office in Detroit, Michigan.
"Why Detroit? After evaluating more than 10 U.S. cities, we chose Detroit because we believe the Motor City presents a unique opportunity for LinkedIn to hire top talent and be a part of an exciting economic turnaround story. This new office gives us a chance to marry LinkedIn’s uniquely powerful culture with Detroit’s dynamic talent to create economic opportunity for our employees, the city and our company.
"At LinkedIn, we’re believers in not just talking the talk, but also walking the walk. For us, it means that if we say our vision is to create economic opportunity, then we need to actively invest in creating jobs in places where we know there is amazing talent. We recognize that often people don’t want to move to find a great job, so with our new Detroit office we’re bringing LinkedIn to a new city where we believe we’ll be able to hire great people.
"Now to the important questions — when will the new office open, where will it be and what types of talented people are we looking for?
"We are in the final stages of identifying a temporary space downtown that will allow us to get operations up and running quickly as we work to find a future permanent office space in Detroit. Our goal is to have our first employees in that office within the next few months, and as such, we are actively searching for incredible sales professionals at all levels.
"So what does LinkedIn look for in new hires? We want people who dream big, get sh*t done and know how to have fun. If you're in the Detroit area or know someone who may be looking for a way into a new opportunity, we're looking for motivated candidates interested in transforming themselves, the company they work for and the world. Our team is made up of talented individuals with different perspectives and experiences who come together to rally around a single purpose — creating economic opportunity. Be sure to check out our open roles here."
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