San Antonio.- The Home Depot is gearing up for its busiest time of the year and has put out the “Help Wanted” sign for several hundred hires in San Antonio. (Photo, Home Depot archive)
Across the country Home Depot is looking at putting on as many as 80,000 new hires. Here in San Antonio those numbers aren’t as huge, but they’re looking for associates, about 750 of them.
Corporate Communications Specialist, Katherine Ellison talked with La Prensa about Home Depot’s hiring target.
“This is our busiest selling season and our hiring is based on our sales,” Ellison explained. “Spring gets really busy and that’s when we hire just like retailers do around the holidays.”
The process is real simple she added. All you need do to apply is go online at www.careers.homedepot.com. If they don’t have access to the Internet or to a computer, she said, they’re welcome to come into any of our stores and we’ll hook them up on a computer and get them on to apply.
“Our stores get really busy for spring in lots of different areas; so we’re looking right now for cashiers, lot attendants, people in lawn and garden. Anywhere they can help throughout the store,” she added.
There is no cut-off date for the hiring and the hiring now and will continue to do so for the next several weeks.
Needles to say this is something the Home Depot has done in the past and even though the positions presently available are seasonal it’s a good way to get into the Home Depot system.
“About half of our seasonal hires, year over year, have stayed on permanently with the company. We saw that in both 2011 and 2012,” Ellison said.
In the hiring area, Hope Depot is going 2.0. Ms. Ellison said they’re looking at returning military and veterans who want work. That’s why the Home Depot launched its Online Military Skills Translator, a new tool designed to help translate and match an applicant's unique military skills with positions that might offer the best fit.
“We find some of our best associates in the spring season and we love hire veterans. They’re definitely service oriented people and that’s what we’re looking for in our associates as people who are there to serve others and customer service is huge for us,” Ellison emphasized.
Another something the Home Depot is doing; it’s partnered with military focused career fairs and will be participating in events throughout 2013. Both the skills translator and 2013 events calendar can be found at www.careers.homedepot.com/military. Technical school and college students, as well as retirees, are encouraged to apply.
Joe Sandoval is an editor at La Prensa de San Antonio. He may be reached at email@example.com.