Xpanxion finds itself in a unique situation given its unprecedented recent growth. Due to the high demand across the country for quality recruits with IT expertise, attracting a large number of candidates has become a priority. The company uses a trending business model called rural outsourcing where high-tech jobs are relocated to rural areas. By doing so, employees experience a lower cost of living and a greater quality of life, while clients of Xpanxion can take advantage of lower cost structures that rural locations provide. Xpanxion’s largest rural office is located in Kearney, Nebraska, which lies in a region that has among the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. This, combined with the growth of the company, increases the need to emphasize recruiting efforts to attract quality individuals to the company.
Recruiting occurs through several avenues across the country, but Xpanxion currently leverages strong relationships with the state and local governments of Nebraska and the University of Nebraska system. These mutually beneficial partnerships have allowed the company to target new college graduates as candidates for recently created positions and internships. Approximately a third of Xpanxion’s current employees were hired within three years of receiving a college degree.
The career development and training program at Xpanxion is broken down into multiple courses over a three-year time span. Training begins immediately when new employees are hired, establishing a foundation of core software development concepts. Courses must be attended by all employees to ensure full coverage of material and can pass only when displaying mastery of the content. Outside of class, in their initial months of employment, new employees are guided in their new project responsibilities by a senior-level Xpanxion associate. Upon completion of the first year of the training program, employees are required to become certified software quality assurance analysts from the American Software Testing Qualifications Board.
Years two and three of the program include a curriculum that emphasizes project management and leadership along with a variety of advanced applications including automation tools. Employees not only benefit from the program through rapid personal growth, but also in increased technical knowledge and skillsets.
Currently, Xpanxion offers 25 courses to its employees with ten additional classes to be rolled out in the next six months. Some course subjects include test planning, databases, SQL, performance testing, Linux, ETL, test strategies and automation tool Quick Test Professional.
About Xpanxion, LLC
Xpanxion, LLC provides outstanding software services to a variety of multinational companies. Founded in 1997, the company specializes in providing excellent software quality assurance, development, and consulting to its clients who exist across multiple industries and lines of business. Xpanxion’s Rural Outsourcing model, which leverages lower cost structures by combining global, onsite, and rural operations, has been proven successful by incredible growth and is continually picking up momentum across the country. The company’s website can be found at http://www.xpanxion.com.