My Target Realization

New career. New city. New beginnings. Starting all over again. Fear of the unknown. What if I don’t make it? What if things don’t work out? Well, at least there’s food.

Those are the thoughts that raced through my head. In that order specifically. Making the choice to relocate my life and career after 7 year from Las Vegas to San Francisco, the city of food, fame and great weather came with its challenges. Everyday these thoughts would fill my head with every emotion passing through like a restless wanderer.

For 7 years I built a life in Las Vegas. I got into the habit of a 24 hour convenient city, where grocery shopping could be done at 2am. Where hiking was a lifestyle and yes, we had the Strip. One misconception though: As a local, your job is to avoid the Strip at all costs. As far as my company, it was ranked as one of the best places to work. According to Forbes, it was one of the top 100 companies to work for in the US. A friendly atmosphere, great employee perks and more contributed to this amazing company culture. 10 core values helped to align the processes and procedures which ultimately grew their success. To say that I was happy at this company was a true understatement. At the time, I thought I had found my last job.

I can’t exactly pinpoint the moment it happened but I started wondering what living life would be like if I were to leave the “comfort blanket” I’ve created in Las Vegas and take my career to the next level. It was then where things really fell into place for me and Target. Meeting with an Executive Recruiter for the Target Innovation Center in San Francisco, really got me interested. Our first interview was scheduled for 30 minutes and ended up lasting 2 hours! You can say it was a match made in recruiting heaven. After that conversation, the butterfly feeling continued as I met with more people during the interview process. Things were fresh and exciting at this point.

To my surprise, time frames worked out perfectly. In a short month, I found myself saying goodbye to Sin City and driving to San Francisco, ready to make a difference at the Innovation Center. As I made the 9.5 hour drive, I started doubting my future and the future of the company I chose. In a perfect world, Target would have the culture consistent to my interview experience. But I was unsure.

My first work week found me traveling to Minneapolis to attend the Fall National Meeting. Talk about an amazing way to start! As the week slowly unfolded, I found myself falling more in love. From the onsite amenities to team member resources, Target Commons, to happy hours, meeting my team to the support from all angles, this company has proven that no matter the size, a culture can exist and a work family can thrive.

It’s been 4 months since my start date and I continue to discover things about Target that solidify my decision to move. Although I’m based in San Francisco, I feel just as close to my counterparts in Minneapolis. What I learned over the months is Target’s genuine encouragement for personal and professional growth. No matter the path you choose here, this company seems to really support your decision. I don’t know what the future holds for me with Target but I can tell you it’s gonna be bright one!

New career. New city. New beginnings. New family. Awesome support. Yup, I made the right decision. And of course, there’s awesome food.

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  • Ted Prendergast

    February 10th, 2015

    Very well written. Target is lucky to have you. Here’s to a great 2015!

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  • Rockne

    Rockne

    February 10th, 2015

    Thanks so much Ted!

  • D

    February 10th, 2015

    You’re a great writer, Rockne!

    Reply
  • Rockne

    Rockne

    February 10th, 2015

    Thanksssss!

  • Erin

    February 10th, 2015

    I’m so glad you decided to join us, it has been fun getting to know you the last few months! You are a rock star!

    Reply
  • Kristia

    February 10th, 2015

    congratulations on the huge move. But remember you’ve done that move before and it was for a better opportunity. Life is about fulfilling YOUR happiness! Keep reaching for the stars and best of luck in San Francisco

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  • Stefanie Spackman

    February 10th, 2015

    We are very lucky to have you at Target Rockne! Thanks for sharing your experience with everyone. I can’t wait to make more amazing memories with you!

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  • Ana Santiago

    February 10th, 2015

    Goodness; I’ve taught you well. ;). Rockne, the fact that the article is well written is not surprising to me as I know of your capabilities. I’m extremely happy for you, my friend and thrilled to hear things are going so well for you. Have you found someone to do the catwalk strut with you? Good-you better not! Luv ya

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  • Jessie Scott

    February 17th, 2015

    LOVE YOUR STORY ROCKNE! Although we haven’t had a chance to connect when you’ve been in Minneapolis, I would love to get a coffee on the calendar during your next visit! So glad you took the leap to join the TA team!!

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  • Jim Schur

    February 18th, 2015

    Target IS an amazing place to work at! …By far, my most enjoyable work experience ever… I will miss my Target family, here in Canada, once we close :'(

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  • alex dlinn

    February 23rd, 2015

    I have filled in most of the application and was called away. I cannot get it back to complete. How do I do this.

    Thank you

    Alex Dlinn.

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  • Heather

    Heather Ganser

    February 26th, 2015

    Sorry to hear you weren’t able to finish your application! To see if there are still opportunities available that you are interested in applying for, please look at our website, target.com/careers. You can start a new application from the website. Thanks!

  • Brian Waala

    April 14th, 2015

    How do I get in direct contact with an career recruiter?

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    April 14th, 2015

    Hi Brian,

    Visiting target.com/careers is the best way to inquire about current openings.

    Thank you,
    Amanda

  • Steve Z

    July 13th, 2015

    Thanks for the great story. I was trying to come up with a unique way to add a recent application for an senior specialist/art direction job at HQ I found online and this has given me a shot of enthusiasm. Any suggestions on how to add to an application online so its more than just cutting and paste text and references? Thanks.

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