Dollar General Job Application Guide
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$14.8 billion (2011)
Richard W. Dreiling
Dollar General is one of the largest discount variety stores in the United States. There are currently more than 10,000 locations spread over 40 states.
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You can search and apply for jobs at Dollar General directly through StartWire. We'll even provide you with automatic application updates, so you'll always know whether your application has been read and if you're still being considered for the position you've applied to. Apply now
You can also apply for jobs directly through Dollar General's hiring website. If you choose this method, make sure that you come back and tell us about your application so we can help you track its progress and provide you with tools that will keep your job search organized.
The Dollar General job application is pretty simple and straightforward, though you should make sure that you don't start it until you have plenty of uninterrupted time -- it will probably take you between 30-40 minutes to complete.
If you have a resume and cover letter ready, you can opt to skip the application process altogether. However, you will be unable to apply for a specific position or location, so use this method at your own risk. Even though it has the potential to be a big time-saver, it's a little unsettling to not know exactly what you're applying for.
To start out the application, you will need to enter your work history. If you have any employment gaps of three months or more, you will be asked to explain. A large gap won't remove you from consideration, just take a little time to explain the circumstances. You will also be asked to provide up to three references. Adding references is not required, but is highly recommended.
The last step of the application is entering your education information. Make sure that you have the correct start and end dates, as these will be verified through a background check.
All employment offers at Dollar General are contingent upon passing a background check. Dollar General uses the background check to look for criminal convictions on your record. They also use it to verify the information that you've provided on your application. So don't try to be sneaky and twist the facts -- honesty is the best policy.
All job offers are also contingent upon passing a pre-employment drug test.
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Dollar General is an equal opportunity employer. They do not consider an applicant's age, gender, ethnicity, or disability while making their hiring decisions.
Jobs available at Dollar General
In their stores, Dollar General is always looking for sales associates, store managers, district managers, and regional directors. Search jobs
There are also many positions available in Dollar General's distribution centers and corporate headquarters. The available positions change all the time, so if you're interested in working in one of these locations, your best bet is to regularly check Dollar General's hiring site for new openings.
Types of people Dollar General wants to hire
Dollar General is always looking for honest, hardworking, and dependable people to join their team. If you have any previous experience in sales or customer service, you should do your best to emphasize that on your application, resume, and cover letter.
How long does Dollar General keep applications on file
Dollar General keeps applications on file for 90 days. If you don't hear back within 90 days and would still like to be considered for a position, you will need to submit a new application.
You must be at least 18 years old to work at Dollar General.
Richard W. Dreiling is the CEO of Dollar General, and David M. Tehle is the CFO.
Dollar General is a publicly traded company, operating under the stock ticker DG. They reported $14.8 billion in revenue in 2011, with a net income of $766 million. They also had $4.6 billion in equity, $9.6 billion in assets, and an operating income of $1.5 billion.
The first Dollar General was opened in 1955, in Scottsville, Kentucky. Initially, the concept behind the store was that nothing would cost more than a dollar. The idea caught on right away, and within 2 years there were 29 stores with a total of $5 million in annual sales. The company continued to grow and expand over the following decades.
Today, there are more than 10,000 Dollar General stores in the United States.