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Microsoft confirms hiring push at Fargo campus

FARGO -- Microsoft confirmed Wednesday that the company is expanding its sales and marketing capabilities in the United States and that includes its Fargo site.

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Microsoft campus in south Fargo. Forum file photo

FARGO -- Microsoft confirmed Wednesday that the company is expanding its sales and marketing capabilities in the United States and that includes its Fargo site.
"We're adding new people and upgrading facilities here at our Fargo campus," said Katie Hasbargen, senior communications manager for Microsoft in Fargo.
Hasbargen declined to provide details regarding the expansion, but a Microsoft website touting the new U.S. regional marketing and sales center describes the operation in Fargo as a "state of the art sales center."
An online source indicated the center could mean 200 job openings in the Fargo area.
The Microsoft website advertises a number positions for the sales center, including technical sales managers and sales development specialists.
The marketing will aim to promote Microsoft's cloud services, said Jim Gartin, president of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Development Corp.
Gartin said based on what he has heard about the new center, the Fargo campus was chosen after winning an internal competition with other Microsoft locations.
He hasn't heard a specific number of job openings for the new center, but he added, "I'm hoping it's as big as it can get, peoplewise."
Gartin said the marketing center is good news for area college graduates with business and marketing degrees.
"I think this is a great opportunity and fits well with NDSU's, MSUM's and Concordia's programs," he said.
Microsoft's hiring push comes less than a year after the company laid off more than 2,000 employees at locations around the world, including Fargo, where an undisclosed number of employees were laid off in July and September.
One online job description for a Microsoft sales position states the company is looking for people with a four-year degree and several years of experience in sales or customer service, as well as the capacity to "obsess over Microsoft’s customers and prospects to deliver a world-class customer engagement experience."

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