A Few of Many Lessons Learned at Target

I am halfway through my second summer with Target and I cannot believe how fast time is going. I’m a senior, but I will be graduating in December, so I have just six short months to prepare for my next step with this great company. Originally, I found Target through a career fair at my university. Of course I had shopped at Target plenty of times, but I never knew about all of the career opportunities Target offers.

My first summer in the program I was placed in Human Resources, a field I wasn’t familiar with at the time. That was my first lesson here: trust your leaders. They had taken into account my strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, personality traits and more then decided that work center was a good place to start developing my leadership skills. About halfway through I developed a passion for HR. I had already dove into ETL-HR responsibilities and tasks and was starting to explore the different ways I could advance at Target. Would I want to work store-side? Should I try to advance to a district level? Could I pursue a job at corporate? The possibilities continue to grow. It became my goal to become a Recruiter. I set my sights on learning the Target brand inside out and figuring out how I can impact the business with smart team member choices and business planning.

This summer I am partnered with my store’s ETL Sales Floor, an extremely unique position. Coming back after a long break, I spent a couple weeks re-familiarizing myself with the business and, most importantly, the team. Working on the sales floor, my interest in store-side leadership has been sparked, and I am considering working towards becoming a Store Team Leader (the manager of a Target store) in the future. That being said, I often think about how my experiences can be applied to HR, and I am also interested in pursuing a position called Human Resources Business Partner. The great thing: I don’t have to choose. For now, I’m focusing on developing myself as a leader in my store. I still have some time left in my internship and opportunities I continue to work on with my mentors. For all I know, there is an even better opportunity for me that I haven’t even heard of yet. Another big lesson: the only thing that can hold you back at Target is not keeping an open mind.

  • Andy Paladino

    August 5th, 2015

    Thanks for two great summers Brian! Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  • Mandi Quillen

    October 4th, 2015

    I appreciate your Outlook on life!!! I wish you LUCK in your bright future!!!! People like you (who are hardworking and opportunistic) deserve to succeed in a great Career. I have recently Applied at Target for an Overnight position (I Pray I get it!!!!!) and from the things I have witnessed and heard while being in Target shopping, makes me Excited to be a part of such an Excellent Company. I wish you Luck and Godbless you on your Journey. Sincerely, Amanda

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  • Kathy

    October 5th, 2015

    I desperately need a job as soon as possible

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  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    October 6th, 2015

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! All of our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.

    Thank you,
    Amanda

  • rick cervantez

    October 7th, 2015

    I am looking for a job to work at I sounds fun to build bikes.

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    October 12th, 2015

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! All of our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.

    Thank you,
    Amanda

  • Keith Bielawne

    April 28th, 2016

    Simply a good story

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