January 22, 2013
Target started calling employees “team members” in 1989, cementing that the company is not just a place to earn a paycheck but a place to grow, learn, be challenged, have fun and make a difference.
Team members have always been—and continue to be—Target’s greatest asset.
Jodee Kozlak, executive vice president, Human Resources, and her team are one of the main reasons why Target’s culture is what it is—friendly, fun and collaborative.
Below, Jodee shares career advice and what it’s really like to work at Target.
What makes a great leader?
JK: Leadership is at the core of Target’s business success—as shown through repeated recognition from Fortune and AON Hewitt as a “Top Company for Leaders.” While the aspects that make a good leader can vary, our leaders all have a few traits in common—they inspire others through their passion and focus, thoughtfully and confidently take risks, and foster positive environments that allow their teams to thrive. At Target, we’re deliberate about attracting and mentoring talent, which means more leaders and fewer followers, more innovation and less fear.
How does Target foster an inclusive environment?
JK: Every day, our team members bring their diverse perspectives to work and make our communities and company much better. If every person were the exact same, there wouldn’t be an opportunity to learn new things or grow as a team. We recognize that each one of us is unique and that our differences are our greatest strength. In fact, Target scored 100 percent on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, and Diversity Inc. ranked Target one of the “Top 50 Companies for Diversity”—accolades that make us proud.
Can you share some internal examples of that commitment?
JK: Well, it’s not just about hiring great people—we want our new team members to feel at home, kick off their shoes and stay a while. Through our Diversity & Inclusion Business Councils [team member resource groups] and Target Networks [networks of team members with similar interests], our team members make authentic connections with one another and, as an added support group and work family, are provided additional mentoring, networking and professional development opportunities.
What are steps graduating students can take to begin their career at Target?
JK: A rewarding career begins in a rewarding workplace, and there are always opportunities for professional growth at Target. There’s a reason BusinessWeek ranked Target one of the top companies on their “Best Places to Launch a Career” list. We regularly visit colleges and universities across the country, so keep an eye out for us! While on campus, we attend career fairs, conduct on-campus interviews and visit with student organizations. From internships to entry-level positions, you can explore your options and see how your skills and passions align with opportunities at Target.
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