A conversation with: Kaila Coon (JEAR Logistics)


Kaila is a recent graduate of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and just began her career with JEAR as the College Recruiter in August 2016. She prides herself on her work ethic and her love for building relationships through personalized, genuine communication with everyone she meets.

1. What would you like students at UGA to know about JEAR Logistics?

Since JEAR was established in 2007, we’ve experienced extreme growth. We are a growing 3PL (non-asset based) recently named to Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies for the third year in a row, as well as being named to the “SC Best Places to Work” and “SC Fastest-Growing Companies” list for 2015 and 2016. To earn income, we find customers who need to move freight over the road in the US and Canada, then hire the trucks to move that freight using our network of carriers. We have seen success in this industry because we hold ourselves to high standards of integrity and accountability, working together as one, and exceeding industry standards for work ethic and service. Did I mention we’re located in beautiful Charleston, SC?

2. What does Charleston have to offer recent graduates?

The question is, what doesn’t it have to offer? Between the cobblestone streets, fantastic food and nightlife, and sandy beaches there’s a reason Charleston was voted the number one city in the United States for the third consecutive year.

3. Why did you choose JEAR?

I graduated with a degree in communications, and when I graduated I looked for positions that suited my personality and played to my strengths. The College Recruiter position was new for JEAR due to the extreme growth, and it appealed to me in the sense that I had the freedom to make it my own and bring new ideas to the company. My top priority was to find a company that valued employees and somewhere I could see myself long-term. I found all that and more with JEAR. I have never seen a company that places so much value on its people and has such a great reputation. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of JEAR and can’t wait to see us grow more each year.

4. Why should students pursue a career with JEAR Logistics?

It’s simple: The opportunity. We offer an extensive training program to set you up for a successful long-term career, uncapped income, an exciting culture, and leadership that truly cares about your growth and development. If you’re looking for a company where you can be a part of the growth and see it firsthand, this is it.

5. What common roles are graduates obtaining with JEAR Logistics?

We hire primarily for our Logistics Executive role. This is an entry-level inside sales position. We also recognize the value of an internship opportunity for students, so I am currently structuring an internship for summer 2017!

6. Are you seeking particular majors? If not, what skills and qualities are necessary to succeed at JEAR Logistics?

We don’t seek out a particular major. We have a training program that is built to teach you how to do this job.  All you have to do is bring the motivation, work ethic, and hunger to succeed.

7. What is the culture like at JEAR Logistics?

Work hard, play hard. One of my favorite things about this company is the people with whom I work. Being surrounded by young, hard-working, ambitious people is a special “perk” of JEAR. Our team here at JEAR is very tight-knit, high energy, and just plain fun! One of the things that stood out to me the most about JEAR during my job search was the community involvement. We work with multiple non-profit organizations in the Charleston community, and it’s very important to us that we give back. My favorite event is the Habitat for Humanity house build!

8. What are some ways interested students can get connected with JEAR Logistics?

We are on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and our website is www.jearlogistics.com. As far as contact information, please don’t hesitate to reach me at kailac@jearlogistics.com. I’m always available to talk!

Questions? Please email Whitney Prescott at wnpress@uga.edu.

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