I was really excited to be a part of the Target team that piloted our first ever Fort Hood Base event. This event allowed us to reach out to some of our nation’s veterans and connect them to career opportunities at Target. But what really impressed me was how we used this event to also teach by providing professional leadership development to the participants along with first-hand testimonials from current Target leaders that made the transition from military to civilian life. Just like in our stores, we focused on providing our guests (our veterans in this case) with an amazing experience to keep them coming back to Target.
The participants really got involved in the professional development- coming up with ideas on how to connect with our guests and transform our business in the Stores. And I heard rave reviews from them on the afternoon session where they had the chance to meet with both human resources and stores leadership to discuss resume writing, interview skills and transition tips. It was encouraging to hear from several of the participants that they had never attended an event like this before where an employer focused on really connecting with prospective talent versus just selling their company as a place to work.
The potential for an event like this is huge! As our nation’s military reorganizes after returning from over 10 years of war, there will be very talented, motivated and agile leaders who are looking to continue their career in leadership. And there’s no doubt that we provide this opportunity here at Target. We started with the largest active duty post in the country first- just like Target to start big! I look forward to us expanding this pilot to other installations as we look to bring great leaders into our organization to join the best team ever!
Post by Tyler, Human Resources Manager – Distribution
Tyler is a former US Army Military Intelligence Officer with over six years of experience at Target within distribution and supply chain leadership.
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