January 28, 2010 // Franchising.com // (VIRGINIA BEACH, VA) – Liberty Tax Service, the fastest-growing international tax preparation firm in the world, today launched a search to find the company's official spokesperson. Applications for America's Next Lady Liberty will be accepted starting today and will close, appropriately, on Tax Day, April 15, 2010.
At stake is a $50,000 salaried, one-year employment contract to assist the company with public appearances, franchise relations, social marketing and press interviews. America's Next Lady Liberty will also visit many Liberty Tax offices throughout the country to support various community events, promotions and franchisee recruitment.
"We're looking for someone with the right balance of skills and abilities, wit and intelligence, but most of all the passion to represent our company for the coming year," said Liberty Tax founder/CEO John Hewitt. "This is not a contest; it's a job search. For one special person, it'll be the dream job of a lifetime."
An online application process and special Web site have been established for America's Next Lady Liberty, www.americasnextladyliberty.com, and entries will be accepted online through April 15, 2010.
The job search is open to all eligible United States citizens – women and men – 21 years of age and older. Applicants for the Lady Liberty position must meet all the standard qualifications for other Liberty Tax employee candidates. Candidates will be evaluated by formal education or life experience, professional accomplishments and other qualifications, as well as a short video submission extolling why they are the best person for the job.
After all applications are reviewed, a short list of finalists will be selected by a Liberty Tax management team. These semi-finalists will be selected to advance to the online voting during a public voting period before May 1, 2010.
Online polling will track reactions to the two-minute video auditions from the America's Next Lady Liberty finalists. Public votes will be considered in the evaluation process, but the final selection will rest with a select group of Liberty Tax Service managers and franchisees.
The top candidate must be available to relocate and work at the company's headquarters in Virginia Beach, VA, from June 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011. He/she will be expected to wear the company's trademarked "Lady Liberty" costume as part of the job description. The selected applicant will be officially introduced at Liberty Tax's annual meeting in Virginia Beach, VA, June 3, 2010.
In addition to the $50,000 salary, the selected candidate will receive full employee benefits including healthcare, travel allowance, supplied uniform and accessories.
Liberty Tax Service is the fastest growing retail tax preparation company in the industry's history. Founded in 1997 by CEO John T. Hewitt, a pioneer in the tax industry, Liberty Tax Service has prepared over 7,000,000 individual income tax returns. With 41 years of tax industry experience, Hewitt stands as the most experienced CEO in the tax preparation business, having also founded Jackson Hewitt Tax Service (NYSE:JTX).
Liberty Tax Service provides computerized income tax preparation, electronic filing, and online filing through eSmart Tax. Each office offers customers audit assistance, a money back guarantee, and free tax return checking. The Liberty Tax Service franchise opportunity is #9 on the fastest growing franchises list of the 2010 Entrepreneur "Franchise 500."