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a time of transition

In my mind, there are two definitions of “transition”:

  • General Definition: the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another
  • Target Definition: a semi-annual/annual process where product is changing in an assortment

For the ice cream team, it’s recently been a time of transition–in both the general and Target sense. As noted in my last blog post, we have a new buyer (Jon…but we call him Jim), and we also have a business analyst in training (Tia) that is training on the ice cream desk. They’re both wonderful additions to the team, and they’ve been spending the past few weeks getting up to speed on all things ice cream-related.

On top of this transition, we’ve also been knee-deep prepping for Target’s definition of a transition–which our category will be going through in early February. We’ve been planning item changes, envisioning what the aisle is going to look like, as well as figuring out how we can optimize our inventory flow to create the best ice cream assortment for our guest.

As you can imagine, when two of the four ice cream team members are still new to the category during this crucial time of year, this “time of transition” has the potential to be overwhelming, stressful, and tiring…but, you know what?

It’s not.

Here at Target, change and times of transition aren’t the exception–they’re the rule. Our company is built on consistently bringing new minds and new ideas to categories in order to strengthen and keep fresh what we are offering to our guest. Due to this, Target team members adapt easily, and we are given tools and resources that make these times of transition much more exciting than they are scary.

Jim and Tia have both been great thought partners from the moment they joined our team, and their need for guidance on everything ice cream has only solidified my personal confidence in what I know about our business. This transition has been an amazing opportunity for both myself and our merchandise specialist (Hannah) to show leadership and be a distinct voice in making decisions for what the future of ice cream at Target will look like in February and beyond.

In the meantime, while this time of transition is definitely keeping me busy, I am finding that I am becoming energized by the new challenges my role is presenting me. The BA role is never boring–and that is just one of many, many things I adore about my job.

Interested in a career in buying, planning and brand management? Search and apply for jobs here.

  1. Concerned Veteran said:

    I have a concern. I applied online for a specific store. I called that store yesterday to follow up on my application. I placed the call at 4pm and was told to call back tomorrow(today) between 10am and 3:30pm. I have called 5 TIMES today each time I was told to call back at a different time.(11am, 1pm, 2pm, 230pm, and now again tomorrow between 10am and 330pm) Is this the NORMAL practice for your human resource departments?

  2. elisa said:

    Hi Maurice-

    Thanks for contacting us and we apologize that you’re having a frustrating experience. To follow up, I would encourage you to reach out to our Guest Relations team at or via phone at (800) 440-0680 so we can further address your concerns.

    Elisa and the Target Careers team

  3. Thalia Toro-Lopez said:

    Hi, I am interested in applying for an internship this summer. When will the application be available?



  4. elisa said:

    Hi Thalia-

    Thanks for asking! All of our summer internships for 2014 are currently available here:

    Elisa & the Target Careers team

  5. Jaison said:

    Hi, I was just wondering what the minimum age to work at Target during seasonal hiring is?

  6. elisa said:

    Hi Jaison-

    Thanks for reaching out. Age requirements vary due to state requirements. Please contact the HR team lead at your local Target store for more information.

    Elisa and the Target Careers team

  7. Carolyn Murray said:

    I have just applied for a position with your company. I really do hope I am hired. I will call tomorrow, which is the first of December and make sure the application has been received. Thanking you in advance. Carolyn

  8. elisa said:

    Hi Carolyn-

    Thanks for your interest in a career with Target! In order to check your application, please contact the HR manager at the store to which you applied, or log in to the application system on to check your status (management and headquarters positions).

    Elisa & the Target Careers team

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Alaina loves a lot of things…but she especially loves Target. After interning at "the bullseye” in summer 2011, Alaina spent the rest of her senior year at Gustavus Adolphus College trying to get all of her classmates to apply at Target so they could also have the amazing experience she had. Since joining full-time as a business analyst in 2012, she has been running the ice cream desk…which, in her mind, is arguably the “coolest” job there is. Outside work, Alaina cheers on her beloved Minnesota Twins, loves to run around the Minneapolis lakes, and enjoys coming up with ways to make recipes sneakily healthier.