Target’s Hiring 100,000 Team Members for the Holiday Season—Here’s How to Apply

September 13, 2017 - Article reads in
Four team members in red and khaki walk a Target aisle, talking and laughing

It’s beginning to look a lot like … well, maybe not quite yet, but here at Target, we’re already building the team that will help our guests create a festive holiday season with their families.

To kick things off, we’re planning to hire approximately 100,000 team members to serve guests at our 1,816 stores across the U.S., and an additional 4,500 team members for our distribution centers (DCs) and fulfillment facilities. The increase in hires—which will help us keep improving our guest service—is part of the investments we announced earlier this year.

The positions are available beginning today (click here to view and apply), including some new store positions that will help make holiday shopping seamless and enjoyable all season long.

“Target has made significant investments in our business throughout 2017, and our commitment to hire 100,000 team members for the holidays will make shopping at Target even easier and more fun during one of the busiest times of the year. Target team members play such an important role in helping guests as they prepare to celebrate the holidays with their families. As always, we will provide our seasonal team members with meaningful opportunities to build and develop skills, and offer great benefits, including a variety of schedules and team member discounts,” said Janna Potts, chief stores officer, Target.

Find your perfect fit
Across the country, we’re hiring for a variety of different positions. In the stores, we’re looking for about 100,000 hourly team members to help stock the hottest holiday toys and help guests find the perfect gifts.

As we grow Target’s digital capabilities, we have opportunities for store team members to fulfill online orders through our popular Order Pickup service available at all stores, and growing ship-from-store capabilities at more than 1,200 locations. And at our distribution and fulfillment centers, team members will make sure products reach guests quickly, shipping both store and orders.

Enjoy the benefits
As team members take care of our guests, we also want to make sure they take care of themselves and their families too—so we offer a number of compelling benefits, including market-competitive wages and a variety of schedules.

Additionally, team members will receive two discounts: a 10 percent merchandise discount at Target and and an additional 20 percent wellness discount on fruits and veggies, Simply Balanced brand foods and C9 athletic gear. And finally, like we’ve done in past years, we’ll give our current team members across the country the chance to add extra holiday hours to their schedules.

Here’s how to apply
Loving the idea of joining the Target team? Take a look at the full list of available positions to learn more and apply now. Or, stop by your local store over the next couple of weeks.

And later this month, we’ll host our second annual seasonal hiring events on Friday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. local time at every Target store. During the events, candidates can stop in for on-site interviews for store positions with the opportunity to get a conditional job offer on the spot.

Meet Jeff Patrick, a store leader who started his eight-year Target career as a seasonal team member

Each year at Target, tens of thousands of seasonal team members choose to stay on after the holidays, building and developing their careers. We sat down to chat with Store Team Leader (STL) Jeff Patrick, who started as a seasonal sales floor team member and now leads the team at our newly opened Belmont Station store in Chicago.

When you joined Target as a seasonal team member, were you expecting the job to turn into a full-time career?
I didn’t at first. As a student at Michigan State studying communications, I worked a seasonal role at a nearby Target store because the hours were flexible. But I loved the work and team culture and looked forward to coming in each day. I quickly found that I could make connections between my Target job and what I was learning in class, so I talked to my store leaders and they connected me with projects to develop leadership skills and advance my career.

I was promoted to sales floor team leader and later the executive team leader (ETL) of logistics. After a few years, I moved to Chicago and became ETL of guest experience at the McKinley Park store. Most recently, I became the STL at Belmont Station, which is a great store that I’d wanted to lead since its groundbreaking.

Jeff and six co-workers in red and khaki stand in a Target aisle playing with hula hoopsWhat does holiday prep look like at your store? Do you have any team traditions?
My favorite day of the year to work is Black Friday. There’s this great moment where the team huddles up right before the doors open. We get ourselves pumped up for the night ahead and get ready to help all the guests waiting outside to get what they need and have a great time. At that point, we’ve spent hours—days—getting the store looking great and the products stocked so everything’s ready to go, and it all comes down to that big moment. You can really feel the energy.

What advice do you have for new seasonal team members joining Target this year?
Work hard, show that you can give guests great service, and be vocal about your interests—let your leaders know if you want to try out a different role or learn a new skill so they can help you. And take advantage of the opportunity to make personal and professional connections. I get to help teammates and guests all the time and I love going home at the end of each day knowing I made a difference.

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