Careers & Employment at Dollar Tree

It sounds like something out of a fantasy world when you think about it, an entire store, where everything costs a dollar. A dollar, people, not even water costs a dollar nowadays and you’re telling me a store exists that sells everything for a dollar? Come on, I wasn’t born yesterday. Dollar Tree? Yeah, okay, let’s just Google it and see who gets the last laugh, shall we? Just going to open a new tab, type in the name, and…Wow. Okay, so it does exist.

Well why haven’t you filled out a Dollar Tree application yet? This place is great! It’s got everything from dish soap to candy bars. I think I would annoy the staff to no end if I went in there though, because I would keep asking how much something costs, knowing full well they all cost the same thing; a dollar. Still, this is just incredible.

Alright, full disclosure, I knew this was a dollar store, but I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to pretend like I didn’t know what a dollar store was, so sue me, but don’t please. I used to go up to the dollar store for toys all the time. I don’t care what my brothers’ said, that magic kit was the best dollar I ever spent. So, if you like the idea, or you’re really bad at math like I am, this is the place to be.

A Brief History & Company Overview

Known to the masses as an American chain of discount variety stores, Dollar Tree, like the name suggests, is a dollar store where everything on offer sells for one smackaroo. Somehow, given these low prices, the company is on the Fortune 500, with 4,900 stores across 48 U.S. States and in Canada. The stores are all supported by ten distribution centers across the nation.

The store carries a variety of products which include national, regional, and private-label brands. Departments in each store consist of health and beauty, food and snacks, party, season decorations, housewares, glassware, dinnerware, household cleaning, supplies, candy, toys, and more. Seriously, I could fill another paragraph with the stuff they sell. Even more crazy is the fact that in August of 2012 they began accepting manufacturer coupons. It’s a dollar people, and you want to use a coupon?

Dollar Tree began in 1953 when K.R. Perry opened a Ben Franklin variety store in Norfolk, Virginia. The name was later changed to K&K 5&10. In 1970 Perry teamed up with Doug Perry and Macon Brock to open another chain of stores called K&K Toys in Norfolk. As this grew into 130 stores, they started yet another chain. This time K.R was left out, it was Doug Perry, Macon Brock and Ray Compton who started Only $1.00. It began with only five stores but quickly grew from there.

In 1993, the name was changed to Dollar Tree so you can stop holding your breath now. They did this, just in case the whole dollar store thing didn’t work out. The company has grown exponentially since then, with 2008 marking their first placement on the Fortune 500. As of 2012, the company reached an annual sales number of $9.13 billion. Oh yeah, that’s a whole lot of dollars.

Direct Competitors

Who knew selling everything for a dollar was a lucrative business model? Just goes to show that dreaming big, and even a little weird, can really pay off. I mean really, really pay off. Check out our page on Family Dollar who is currently being offered $9.7 billion for ownership of the company from several competitors. Dollar General may not be a dollar store in the strictest sense of the word, but they have a great business model and set price points to keep things easy. Finally, see what you think of Walmart, one of the biggest companies in the world with plenty of opportunities.

Dollar Tree Application Online

Dollar Tree has a divided process for applying online. First off, head over to the careers page of the company site so you can see what I mean. Before we get into the whole process, let’s take a quick look at the qualities the company is looking for in the people who apply. On the page it reads: “We’re always looking for people with the drive, imagination, and intelligence to help us continue our success. Do you have what it takes to join the Dollar Tree team?”

You do, you’ve got this in the bag. Just remember these three core company values, mention them when you turn in your application, and you’ll be all set:

  • Attitude: Responsibility, Integrity, Courtesy
  • Judgment: Do The Right Thing For The Right Reasons
  • Commitment: Honor and Respect For Self and Company

You’ve already got all of these things, so that’s not a problem. Let’s move on to the Dollar Tree job application. Since most people will be going in for an entry-level or part-time position, your process is going to be a little different than most. When you click the orange “apply” button on the career page, you’re taken to do more orange buttons: one for hourly positions, and one for store management.

Clicking the Hourly Positions one will bring up a PDF application. Putting two-and-two together, it becomes apparent that they want you to do this the old fashioned way. This employment form must be printed, filled out, and brought in to a store for candidates to be considered. While it may not be the way most companies do it, I respect Dollar Tree for keeping things original. A lot of people don’t follow up on their employment prospects, but by turning in the form in person, you pretty much have to.

Since you have to turn in the Dollar Tree employment form, this is a great time to mention resumes and cover letters. Yeah, I know, if you’ve read anything else I’ve written, you know I beat this subject into the ground every chance I get. It’s important though, and even if you don’t have experience to put on a resume, you have a personality and skills that you can highlight in a cover letter. A personalized cover letter and a well-organized resume will put you miles ahead of the competition, every time.

For those who possess past experience and want to play in the big leagues, the management process for Dollar Tree is more of an online experience. For these positions, you have two options: you can search and apply for a specific job, or submit your resume and CV for broad consideration. You’ll need to create an account before you start going all crazy on job positions, so keep that in mind.

Remember, being a manager is going to require significant experience in a retail setting. At least a year or more, and leadership experience will probably be a qualification. Unless you can’t find any job openings, submitting your resume can be considered a last ditch effort, but it’s always better to seek a specific opening. You show more focus and drive that way.

Regardless of how you enter this company, you’re walking into a world of success. Remember to make the most of your time with the manager when you turn in the form, and make a great first impression. A resume and a cover letter go a long way towards making that happen, just keep that in mind.  All it takes is a single Dollar Tree application, and you can be on your way to a career filled with fun, and most importantly, simple math since everything costs a dollar.