Home Improvement Giants Hiring For Busiest Season
Home improvement retail giants Home Depot and Lowe’s are gearing up for their busiest season: spring.
Both are hiring associates for stores and distribution centers in Northeast Pennsylvania and nationwide to get ready for their peak period, which is similar to the Christmas season for other retailers.
Lauren Angelo, district human resources manager at Home Depot, said 65 associates will be hired at stores in Wilkes-Barre and Dickson City for the spring and 35 to 45 at its distribution center in Pittston Twp.
A hiring event will be held March 19 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Home Depot stores in Wilkes-Barre and Dickson City.
Angelo said managers will be there ready to interview candidates and she suggests they apply online first. She would not say what average wages are and said they are based on experience, market and position.
Home Depot is hiring about 2,650 associates throughout Pennsylvania and about 80,000 nationally this spring, she said.
“Spring is always our busiest season because people are tired of being stuck inside and they are ready to come out and do all the projects they put off because of snow and bad weather,” Angelo said.
Job opportunities are available across the stores and distribution centers in a variety of departments, including overnight freight, garden, customer service and merchandising.
The company’s in-house engineers recently launched a new tool that helps hiring teams move candidates through the hiring process faster. Applicants should visit careers.homedepot.com for the 15-minute application, or text HOMEDEPOT to 52270 for a link to apply to local positions.
According to Home Depot, the tool is the latest in a series of improvements to Home Depot’s candidate experience. Last year, it launched a technology that allows job seekers to self-schedule their in-person interviews and since its launch, nearly 1 million candidates have used it.
The spring hiring amounts to a temporary boost of at least 20 percent in the size of the workforce. Home Depot currently has about 400,000 employees and 2,288 stores.
Lowe’s plans to hire about 200 people at its stores across Northeast Pennsylvania and more than 3,200 at stores across Pennsylvania to help customers this spring, said Lowe’s spokesman Steve Salazar.
Locally, Lowe’s has stores in Wilkes-Barre Twp., Edwardsville, Scranton and West Hazleton and a distribution center in CenterPoint Commerce and Trade Park East in Jenkins Twp.
Officials from Lowe’s were at the Great Northeast Job Fair at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Plains Twp. on Wednesday looking to hire team members for the distribution center in Jenkins Twp.
According to papers they distributed, the starting rate is $14.63 an hour for day shift, $15.13 an hour for night shift and $16.25 an hour for weekend shift.
Lowe’s also is looking for a night shift yard driver paying a starting rate of a $15.13 an hour and has openings for the leadership positions operations coach and maintenance coach.
Nationally, Lowe’s held its second annual National Hiring Day last month with the goal of hiring more than 50,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal associates across its more than 1,700 stores throughout the U.S.
Jennifer Weber, Lowe’s executive vice president of human resources, said the National Hiring Day has been a successful path for many to transition into careers at Lowe’s. Last year, she said nearly 40 percent of seasonal associates elevated into part-time and full-time positions.
In-store seasonal positions, which typically support stores between February and September, include cashiers, lawn and garden associates, stockers and loaders. According to the company, the pay is “competitive” and seasonal associates benefit from a 10 percent employee discount.
Part-time and full-time positions also are available and include department supervisors, customer service associates, cashiers, stockers and sales specialists.
According to the retailer, part-time and full-time associates are eligible for Lowe’s health and wellness benefits after 30 days of continuous service, incentive programs, 401(k), a discounted stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement and paid volunteer time.
Lowe’s also offers “Track to the Trades,” a company-funded certification program to help part-time and full-time associates pursue careers in the skilled trades, such as plumbing, electrical or HVAC. Full-time associates are eligible for two weeks paid parental leave and 10 weeks maternity leave for childbirth.
Additionally, Lowe’s provides leadership development and career advancement opportunities. The retailer employs more than 240,000 associates across its U.S. stores, including 200 store managers who started as seasonal employees.
Candidates can learn more about available positions and apply online at jobs.lowes.com/spring-hire.
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