Why is everyone so afraid of being different? That leap of faith is so hard for people to take, especially when it comes to a business or company. The safest way to guarantee success is to do things the same way as everyone else and improve in small ways, right? Well, yes and no. While it’s smart to keep in mind what the competitors are doing, copying everything isn’t always the solution. Take ALDI for example, this company has never done anything by the books. They carved their own path.
If you want to work for a store that does things differently, and isn’t afraid to admit it, then let’s get you started on an ALDI application so you can join their growing team. They started in Germany, and we know that everything innovative comes from either the west coast of the United States, from Europe, or Japan. I’m not saying that Germans are better than everyone else, but come on. They came up with Bratwurst, BMW, and Braun, so they’re clearly onto something.
Company Overview & History
ALDI is a global discount supermarket chain with over 9,000 stores in eighteen countries. The company is based out of Germany and was founded by the Albrecht brothers: Karl and Theo. These two brilliant minds started the idea in 1946 by taking over control of their mother’s delicatessen in Essen which had been in operation since 1913.
Wow, that’s some serious dedication on her part. The idea of the brothers was to subtract the maximum rebate at the time of 3%. The leaders of the market at the time required customers to collect rebate stamps that they could send in to reclaim their money. The brothers also regularly removed items that weren’t selling, and cut costs by choosing not to advertise or sell fresh produce, in addition to keeping the size of their stores small.
The brothers split the company in 1960 over an argument as to whether or not they would sell cigarettes. At this point they had 300 locations and made some serious money each year. In 1962 they introduced the name ALDI and legally separated in 1966. Over the years, the company expanded into the international sphere. This expansion was fueled by German reunification and the fall of the Iron Curtain.
In 1993, the two brothers retired as CEOs of the company and placed control in the hands of a private family foundation called the Siepmann Foundation which is responsible for safeguarding the interests of the family. An interesting fact about the modern day company: they do not typically accept credit cards. Debit cards are fine, and in the USA they do accept Discover Cards at some locations. This is another way of saving money by cutting the surcharge costs of authorizing credit cards.
ALDI specializes in items such as food, beverages, toilet paper, sanitary items and inexpensive household merchandise. Ninety percent of the products they sell are exclusive brands which are designed to match nationally recognized items at a fraction of the price. Approximately 50% of the price is cut by using this method. This cost reduction is further fueled by the fact that the company is the sole distributor and retailer of these brands.
There are other innovations at work here as well. Customers are expected to bring their own bags, or purchase reusable ones to cut down on costs and litter associated with plastic bags. In addition, carts are offered on a rental basis, once again lowering the costs of merchandise for the customer. This is combined with a chosen size that remains smaller than other stores, while maximizing space and eliminating non-essential services.
This all combines to create a focus that ultimately benefits the customer in the long-term. These practices, in addition to targeting peak hours of operation, allow ALDI to save a lot of money on costs that would normally cripple a store, and pass those savings on to the customers. See, being different can be the best choice a company makes. Let’s see how we can get you on board with this one.
ALDI may be doing things differently, but they’re not the only ones. Check out our Publix article to see a company that truly cares about its employees. H-E-B is changing the landscape of the business as well, so we recommend checking them out. Finally, check out our article on Stop & Shop which will have you filling out their employment forms in no time. Remember, just because people need food and supplies, doesn’t mean you can’t get a little creative with it.
ALDI Application Online
Alright so you’ve heard the facts and you’re totally on board. Glad to hear it, so let’s see how this all works. Head over to the ALDI “How to Apply” page. You’ll see that the website provides a resource for finding local store locations, and seeking out hiring events that may be happening in your area. The actual hiring process begins in the store though. You’ll find a PDF application link on this page as well that you can use to download and print the employment forms.
Looking at the online employment form, the entire thing is very simple and easy to read, more so than most forms that I’ve come across. There are some differentiators though. There are two sections about midway through the first page that should catch your attention. Don’t worry, I’m here to help you wrestle them down and convince them to spill their secrets.
1. Section One
You’ll recognize these sections by the small space given to you for writing. For these two questions, you are expected to provide a written answer, which is rare in an employment form. Normally its all boxes and check marks, but the ALDI employment form demands more from you. So, the first question reads as such:
“Have you ever been discharged or have your resigned from a job because your employer indicated that it believed you were involved in an incident(s) relating to violence, threats of violence, possession of weapons, suspected theft, repeated harassment of employees, customer, or vendors, lewd behavior, possession of alcohol or illegal drugs, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drug usage at its workplace?”
Now, to be fair, you can skip this one if it doesn’t apply to you by checking the “no” box, but let’s assume you had to leave a previous job for one of these various, and incredibly detailed reasons. Are you finished? Should you just turn the form into a paper airplane? No, absolutely not. We all make mistakes, and owning up to them takes courage. If you’re one of these people and you face this question with shaking hands, stay strong.
Explain what happened in a sentence and then spend the rest of your space explaining how you knew it was wrong, how you’ve learned your lesson, and assure the employer that it won’t happen again. There you go, simple as that. Remorse and understanding are all you need to move on from that incident.
2. Section Two
This is something everyone will fill out. No check box here to skip it if you don’t apply. Here is what the second written portion asks:
“Use the space below to summarize any additional experiences or skills that help qualify you for the position for which you are applying. You may exclude any activities that reflect personal characteristics protected by law (e.g. religion, race, disability, etc.)”
You’re still going to put your experience and education on the form, but this is an opportunity for you to shine! What’s special about you, are you great at math? Can you solve problems quickly and work in a team setting as a leader? These are the kinds of things you can list on this portion of the form. If you’re a level 80 Warlock in World of Warcraft, you can skip that. Focus on what makes you stand out in terms of your personality, your skills, specific experiences that apply to ALDI.
So, head online and download your ALDI application so you can get it filled out and ready to go. You have everything you need here, and in here (points to your heart) so go and get that job! Thanks for reading!