Target Job Application Guide
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$69.86 billion (2012)
Target is one of the largest retailers in the United States, with over 1,700 stores across the United States and Canada. The company is ranked #38 on the Fortune 500, and is included in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.
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If you like, you can visit Target’s hiring website at https://corporate.target.com/careers and fill out an online job application. Target has made it easy to apply to multiple jobs (and even locations) at the same time, so if you have some flexibility regarding where you work and what you’re willing to do, this can be a great way to make the most of your time.
All Target stores contain computer kiosks that you can use to fill out your job application. Applying in the store provides you with no special privileges, and the application process is exactly the same as if you filled it out from home. However, if you don’t have access to a computer or a reliable internet connection, you should take advantage of these kiosks.
Compared to most applications, the Target application is pretty long, and will take most people at least 45 minutes to complete. With that said, you are able to save your application as you go and come back to it later if you’re interrupted during the process.
The core of the application will be instantly familiar to anyone who has filled out an application before; Target will ask for your contact information, employment history, and education. This is the easy part of the application, and shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes or so to get through (assuming you’ve prepared your information beforehand).
The assessment portion of the application is what will take up most of your time. Though it can be tempting to rush through this section and complete your application as soon as possible, it’s important to remain focused and think about your answers very carefully. Answering ‘incorrectly’ to a question can disqualify you from consideration.
During the assessment, you will be asked questions like ‘Most people would steal if they thought they could get away with it,’ and then you’ll have to answer on a 1-5 scale (1 being strongly agree, and 2 being strongly disagree). In some cases, the direction of the questions can be a little fuzzy. In those cases, think about what Target is trying to learn about you by answering each question, and use that to guide your response.
Generally speaking, it’s best to always choose strong answers during the assessment. Think about it: Would you rather hire someone who is ‘not sure’ if they’d steal, or someone who strongly disagrees with the idea of stealing? Being firm in your convictions is incredibly important.
It’s also important to note that each position you apply for may require its own set of assessment questions. So if you apply for 10 positions, you may spend a very long time answering assessment questions for each position.
Target does its best to maintain a drug free workplace, and during the application process they will ask for your consent to take a pre-employment drug test.
All job offers that Target makes are contingent upon passing a background check, and you will have to consent to a check before you can complete the application process. With that in mind, you should make sure that all of your application information is correct. If the background check reveals different employment or education than what you’ve specified on your application, you may be disqualified from consideration.
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Target has a very diverse group of employees who come from all walks of life. Walk into any Target, and you’ll see people representing different age groups, genders, races, and affiliations.
In its stores, some of the most popular Target jobs include cashiers, pharmacy technicians, customer service representatives, loss prevention specialists, managers, stock clerks, merchandisers, and food team members.
In Target's corporate headquarters, there are many different types of positions available. Whether you want to work in customer service, IT, management, sales, or accounting, there is most likely a position at their headquarters that matches your interests and abilities. Search jobs
Types of people Target wants to hire
All employees in a Target store will need to interact with customers at one time or another, so it’s important that all employees are able to communicate well and treat customers with respect. This is a trait that you should do your best to emphasize throughout the application process.
For every open position, Target provides very detailed job descriptions that describe the qualities that their ideal candidates should possess. We recommend reading the job descriptions very carefully, and tailor your resume and interview responses to the traits listed in the description.
You must be at least 16 years old to work in a Target store, and 18 years old to work in one of their distribution centers.
Target was founded by George Dayton in 1902. The current CEO and President of Target Corporation is Gregg Steinhafel, who was named the successor of former CEO Bob Ulrich in 2008.
In 2012, Target reported nearly $70 billion in revenue, with $2.9 billion net income.
The Target Corporation was founded by George Dayton in 1902 (though it was orginally called the Dayton Dry Goods Company). The first store to bear the Target name was opened in 1962, in Roseville, Minnesota. The first few years were unprofitable, but by 1982, Target was acquiring other retailers and expanding across the country. By the year 2000, there were nearly 1,000 Target locations in 46 states, and nearly 80% of the Dayton Hudson Corporation’s earnings came from Target stores. It was at that time that the corporation was officially renamed ‘Target Corporation.’