How To Get A Job At Home Depot

So you want to work for the big box store and wear that way cool apron/vest, who wouldn’t? There are a couple of things you should know about the process.

First of all, don’t apply online, that’s what most people do and the odds are slim that your application will ever reach the right person. Go into the store where you want to work and apply at the in-store kiosk. But first…

Buy something. Anything, it doesn’t matter, batteries, beef jerky, whatever. While the cashier is ringing up your order, ask him or her which department needs the most help. Whatever they tell you, that’s what you apply for. I know, I know, you have no skills or interest in selling paint. You’re a hardware lover, am I right? It doesn’t matter, you just need to get in the door so that’s the department you say you are applying for when you fill out the application at the kiosk. You tell them you’ve been doing that thing for years.

I know, I know, you don’t have any experience mixing paint, or plumbing, or electrical, or any of that stuff. It doesn’t matter. Home Depot is going to train you before you even hit the floor, regardless of your experience. Their training programs are amazing and it’s all e-learning. You will watch videos and answer follow-up quizzes until the program notifies your new manager that you are ready for your apron/vest. Once you are hired and on the floor, you can get to know the manager of the department that you want to work in and let them know that’s where you really want to be. It may take weeks or months, but a spot will open up and they will be thrilled to fill it with someone they already know and not have to dig through random applications.

One more thing, and it is very important. DO NOT apply for a “full-time” position. Check the part-time box. I don’t know if this is true at Lowe’s, but Home Depot does not hire full-time positions from the kiosk. Full-time spots are given to existing employees only. You can get 40 hours as a part-timer, and Home Depot will even give you benefits as a part-time employee. But managers will skip over applications that request full-time. The thinking is that full-time applicants might need the job more than the job needs them. Let them think you have a passion for DIY and that’s why you applied, not because you needed a job.

Hope this helps and good luck to you!

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