Job Front: Home Depot filling spring seasonal jobs

dvsmith@sacbee.comFebruary 18, 2013 

Home Depot is filling more than 1,500 seasonal positions in the Sacramento area as the home improvement giant gears up for its busy spring.

"This is what we consider our holiday season, the way other retailers look at November and December," said Larry Snyder, a store manager at Home Depot in Carmichael. "This is a great time of year for us."

Indeed, hiring and sales at the home retailer are at their height during the spring months and with plans to hire more than 80,000 seasonal workers nationwide – 10,000 more than last spring – Home Depot is anticipating a strong sales season.

"Spring is always a special season for us," said Tim Crow, a Home Depot executive vice president, in a statement. "We find some of our best associates during our peak season."

The 1,500 Sacramento hires will work in 16 stores across the greater region, Snyder said, with stores filling garden, cashier and other openings.

"We're focused on the garden department, out in the lot and in the front end with cashiers," Snyder said. "With our business, it's where we see the biggest need for associates."

Prior experience in retail and home improvement is a plus along with strong customer service skills.

The local openings are a mix of part- and full-time positions, but Snyder said the seasonal jobs often lead to longer stays with the company.

"We're hiring for seasonal associates, but many, many associates end up staying with us on a year-round basis," Snyder said. "It's a great opportunity to get a foot in the door."

Home Depot is also recruiting military veterans, sitting in on military-oriented career fairs and launching a system that matches skills learned in the armed forces with jobs at the retailer.

Find the skills translator on the store's careers page at http://careers.homedepot .com, then find "Military Support."

"We try to put something in place where military members can plug in their experience, but that would translate to us," Snyder said. "The skills learned (in the military) are definitely needed by Home Depot."

Job seekers are encouraged to apply online at careers.homedepot.com.

"We're excited. It's a great opportunity to bring in some new associates," Snyder said. "It's our busiest time of the year."

Library workshop Friday

People looking for work can find help with their job search at a free workshop Friday in Antelope.

Sacramento Public Library's North Highlands- Antelope branch, 4235 Antelope Road is the site of the 10 a.m. workshop.

Attendees will learn how to search for jobs online and use the library's job-searching resources.

Attendees should have basic computer and Internet experience.

For more information, visit www.saclibrary.org or call the Sacramento Public Library at (916) 264-2920.

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