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Seasonal Staffing: How Target’s Team Gears Up for the Holidays

  • Updated 5:01am CT | Sep 19, 2023
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At Target, the holiday season is full of joy, and our 400,000-plus team members are essential in bringing that Target joy to life by delivering an exceptional guest experience.

Ahead of our busiest season of the year, Target is preparing to deliver an industry-leading holiday shopping experience by providing our existing team with the opportunity to work more hours, if desired, offering flexible work options through our On Demand team of nearly 45,000 team members, and adding nearly 100,000 seasonal team members.

We look forward to welcoming seasonal hires to Team Target, enabling us to continue building the best team in retail. Many seasonal team members are offered an opportunity to stay with us following the holiday season and continue spreading the everyday joy of Target to our guests year-round.

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How does Target decide how many seasonal team members it plans to hire?


The number of seasonal team members Target plans to hire is based on several factors and supplements hiring we’ve done throughout the year across our stores and supply chain facilities. This year, we are starting the season with stability in our workforce and a continued commitment to scheduling flexibility for our team, which has helped us retain team members and create a more experienced workforce.

We first prioritize the schedules and hours current team members prefer to work and offer them more hours, if desired. We also draw on Target’s On Demand team, which has grown to nearly 45,000 team members. After prioritizing these needs for our existing team, leaders at Target’s nearly 2,000 stores and 50-plus supply chain facilities hire as needed to meet local demand and to deliver an exceptional guest experience throughout the holiday season.


What specific positions will you hire for? What are the roles and responsibilities for these seasonal positions?


Our team members help create an easy, joyful experience for guests shopping at Target during the holidays.

The majority of seasonal roles are for positions in our stores. We’re hiring for roles including guest advocate, front of store attendant, fulfillment expert, general merchandising expert, food and beverage expert, and style consultants. These team members create a welcoming experience for guests and answer their questions, support guest services such as order pick up and drive up, stock products, and scan and bag items.

Seasonal team members receive hands-on training in the department where they will work. And as part of the onboarding process, seasonal team members in stores have the opportunity to be trained as a backup in additional areas of the store to help during busy shopping times and offer the team more flexibility and growth opportunities.

In our supply chain facilities, we are hiring for roles within warehouse operations. A role in supply chain means being on the frontlines of getting products to our guests and stores as quickly as possible, creating greater ease for guests and fellow team members.


What is the On Demand program? Are all team members, including seasonal workers, able to work On Demand?


Over the past few years, Target has successfully established an On Demand team — a flexible workforce that includes nearly 45,000 team members — who have the option to pick up shifts on an as-desired basis to fit their schedule. Our On Demand team enables us to retain experienced, engaged team members and reduces the dependence on seasonal staffing to meet guests’ needs.

All current store team members have the option to talk to their leader about shifting to an On Demand role. Additionally, we’re currently hiring for On Demand roles. Interested candidates can visit jobs.target.com to apply for On Demand positions.

While we don’t currently offer On Demand positions in our supply chain facilities or for seasonal hires, those team members will have the opportunity to discuss transitioning to an On Demand role following the holiday season.


What wages and benefits are available to seasonal team members?


Like our existing team, seasonal team members have access to a robust total rewards program, including a market-leading starting wage (starting wage range from $15-$24 per hour), health and well-being benefits, opportunities for growth and development, flexible schedules, discounts on merchandise and more — in addition to the chance to experience Target’s dynamic culture.

Some of our team’s most-loved benefits include free, 24/7 access to virtual healthcare through CirrusMD; ability to get paid early with DailyPay; free, confidential counseling services; and a 10% discount on Target merchandise, with an additional 20% discount on wellness items at Target.


What does the application process look like?


Interested candidates can visit TargetSeasonalJobs.com starting on September 20 to apply.

For stores positions, pre-recorded video and online interviews will once again be used this year. For supply chain positions, candidates will submit applications and online assessments.

Target is committed to accommodating candidates who need assistance with the interview process. Candidates can contact Guest Services (1-800-440-0680) or the location where they are interviewing to ask about assistance with the interview process or for any other accommodation requests.

Quote from Emily Hebert, senior vice president, Stores HR, Target

“The holiday season is a special time at Target—and our team makes it all possible. Delivering an exceptional shopping experience is at the heart of how Team Target operates and is driven by our culture of caring, growing and winning together. Just as we care for our guests, we care deeply about creating fulfilling career experiences for team members. This season and all year long, we are grateful for our team for all they do to bring Target magic to life.”

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