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RICHMOND, Va. — In what could be a potentially good sign for the used-vehicle industry, CarMax said late last week it looking for candidates to hire for roughly 600 store positions throughout the nation, with a majority being sales jobs.

CarMax is also looking to hire in service operations, the business office and purchasing.

The company emphasized experience in the auto industry isn't required for most positions, and is offering both full- and part-time jobs.

"At a time when unemployment is high and people may be thinking about a career change, we are proud to be offering quality jobs that offer training, development and excellent benefits at a company that is often recognized for being a great place to work," shared Tom Folliard, president and chief executive officer of CarMax.

"The current store position openings are part of our usual hiring each year to prepare for the spring and summer car-buying season," he added.

CarMax recently made Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For," again, marking the sixth year it has done so.  

Officials noted that CarMax's benefits package includes health coverage, paid time off, insurance and disability, and retirement options.

The company said it encourages a "work-life balance" and also promotes a diverse work environment. Also available to employees are discounts on car purchases and other services.

"CarMax is looking for candidates with high integrity, strong customer service skills, good problem-solving ability, and who have a willingness to work the varied hours of a retail work environment," explained Pam Hill, director of selection and recruitment for CarMax.

"We look forward to hiring a diverse, talented group of associates this year, and we are particularly interested in individuals with professional sales experience," she concluded.