The Value of Team

In November of 2014, I hadn’t worked a regular job in 27 years. I’d been a musician, a novelist, a web designer, an independent business owner – often all at the same time. I made my own hours, chose my own clients, and answered to no one. However, though I made a living, it was not a steady one. There were slow times and bare patches, and the fall of 2014 had been slower and barer than most. With Christmas coming, and two children expecting presents, my wife (who already worked full time) and I agreed that I would pick up some seasonal work to get us through the holidays.

I hadn’t punched a clock since I quit delivering pizzas in the spring of 1987. And that was in Massachusetts. I’d never held a job in Minnesota. Neither did I want one. But I was willing to grit my teeth and lift heavy things for a few months to save Christmas. By the New Year, I figured, something would come up. I’d sell another book, get a few gigs, pick up another web client – something.

I knew Target hired seasonal employees. I applied and went through the interview process and within a week, I was gainfully employed as a Backroom team member, responsible for moving product from semi-trailers into our backroom and preparing it to go out onto the sales floor.

It was hard, sweaty work. The Christmas rush was on and the backroom was a frenzy. We shifted pallet after pallet onto shelves, onto tubs, onto the floor. We ran up and down stairs getting products for guests. We pulled auto cafs, research, exfs, POGs – I didn’t understand what the names and acronyms meant yet, except that when they appeared on the PDA I knew had to clear them off of it as quickly as possible. I once described my job as, “walking ten miles a day stopping only to lift heavy things.”

I loved it.

I loved it and I had no idea why. It was hard, physical work, but not unbearable. It was kind of like a workout I got paid to do. In fact, I lost about thirty pounds over the first six months I worked in the backroom. But that certainly wasn’t enough to make me love it.

I liked the people I worked with: my teammates, my team leaders. That was enough to make the job tolerable; it still didn’t explain why I loved it.

Then it hit me: I was part of a team. And it was a team I liked and was proud of.

I had always worked alone. After all, that’s what “self-employed” means. But at Target, the sense of team pervaded every part of my day. I might work certain aspects of the job on my own, but we accomplished things as a team. You couldn’t beat the hourly CAFs alone – you needed your team. The cres of backstock couldn’t even be approached solo; we conquered them as a team. And when we finished our work, saw the sales floor swoop in and work their carts out to the floor, we knew we were part of an even bigger team. The store rose and fell as a team, and I knew the whole company did, as well. As opposed to my days as a freelancer, where I was at the top of the ladder, here I was at the bottom — but it was a ladder that stretched high and tall, and I was proud to be part of the base that held it sturdy.

By the time the New Year rolled around, I was no longer hoping for something freelance to come up; I was hoping to be asked to stay on full time. Of course, I didn’t just wait. I asked my leaders repeatedly but politely what I had to do to be kept on. Okay, maybe I pestered them a little. Just like I pestered them to get cross-trained in other areas once I was full time. Not that I had to pester them much. I’ve learned that Target is committed to developing internal talent. Once they realized that I was interested in expanding my capabilities, I had fantastic mentors who consistently brought me ideas and opportunities for education and advancement. And when I brought my ideas to them, they were willing to help me make them a reality.

And so, two and half years after getting my first job in nearly three decades – a job I didn’t want and expected to lose after a month or two — I am now Backroom Team Lead of T0260, and a proud member of the Target team. And I can’t imagine working (or not working) anywhere else.

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  • Emanuel Santana

    October 12th, 2016

    I am so glad I stumbled upon this article, as I recently applied to seasonal positions at Target. It is encouraging to know that you had a positive experience as a seasonal worker and really felt as if you were contributing to a greater aspect of the business. I know that would definitely keep me motivated through out my potential work experience at Target.

    Reply
  • ben macken

    October 12th, 2016

    My old store great team

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  • Reginald L. Freeman

    October 13th, 2016

    A very interesting story, I hope to have a similar experience after having been self employed over 30 years myself. A hard working prior business owner, having had an unfortunate live changing experience. I am eager and willing, hoping for an opportunity to show and prove I have what it takes and the capabilities necessary to win! win! win! I would love to be apart of the Targets wining Team.

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    October 17th, 2016

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! 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

  • Paul Barzanty

    October 16th, 2016

    Please give me a great job, I can surely use it. I have not had a real break in 4 yrs. I need your help,now. I will retrieve carts if I have to!! Thank You! Hope to hear from you soon?

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    October 17th, 2016

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! 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

  • Gloria A Martinez

    October 17th, 2016

    Would love to join the target team. I can work
    On weekends at any time.Plus wednesdays and Frida I can start at 6:15. I enjoy shopping at target and know I would enjoy being a team member of Target

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    October 18th, 2016

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! 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

  • Danny Corbett

    October 20th, 2016

    I was over half way through filing out application and had interruptions and system timed out . Tried to go back and resume application and it appears nothing was saved. Is there any way I can recover info I had already entered.

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    October 24th, 2016

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in working at Target! You can access any information that was completed and saved by logging in using the user ID and password that you created originally.

    Thank you,
    Amanda

  • Jenny

    October 20th, 2016

    I would love to be part of the team, I live in Tuscon aZ , your blog is awesome, I’m new to the iPhone, had a flip phone and loved it, but need help on applying for a position to the oracle & fortlowell store

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    October 24th, 2016

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! 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

  • Eric Clarke

    October 22nd, 2016

    im applying for backroom flowteam

    Reply
  • charlotte hughes

    October 23rd, 2016

    Very inspiring write-up, I am impressed he asked for
    opportunity and Target team members made it happen.
    Thank you.

    Reply
  • Annie

    November 3rd, 2016

    I am a cashier at my local target, and was wondering how I can write a blog about getting hired seasonal two years ago? I would love to tell my story.

    Reply
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    Pulse Blog Administrator

    November 7th, 2016

    Hello,

    We will be in contact with more information for you.

    Thank you!
    Amanda

  • Connie D. Stanton

    December 4th, 2016

    25 years experience of Cashiering, Management and Customer Service.

    Reply
  • Lavaughan Byrd

    December 20th, 2016

    I worked in target and I love the experience

    Reply
  • Lavaughan Byrd

    December 20th, 2016

    I’m looking to work there again

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    January 3rd, 2017

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! 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

  • Bianca thompson

    January 20th, 2017

    I needed a Job

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

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    January 26th, 2017

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! 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,
    Heather

  • Trevion Benn

    January 22nd, 2017

    I just need a new job

    Reply
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    February 7th, 2017

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! 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

  • Veronica

    January 23rd, 2017

    I really enjoy shopping at target team members are very helpful they always have a smile at all times I leave satisfied my favorite spot to shop and my family’s also I would love to be part of targets team member

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

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    February 7th, 2017

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! 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

  • Lerena martin

    January 31st, 2017

    Woukd live to becone oart of this family

    Reply
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    February 7th, 2017

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! 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

  • Antonette samuel

    February 17th, 2017

    I would like to apply for wearhouse

    Reply
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    February 20th, 2017

    Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! 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.

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    Amanda

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