I’ve never considered myself very “handy” as it were. Sure, I’m good with my hands when it comes to typing and writing like this, but if my sink’s pipes burst, I’d probably throw a pot on my head, grab a wooden spoon, and run outside hitting the pot and screaming “HELP, I’M GOING TO DROWN!” Needless to say, home improvement, repair, all that jazz, it’s not really something I’m good at. Lucky for me, there’s the talented folks at Home Depot who can help me out.
Are you one of those people who sees the world of construction and home improvement like one giant jigsaw puzzle? Let’s get you a Home Depot application then. You just know how the pieces fit, and you’re good at conveying that information to peons like me who see that aspect of the world the way I see my light switch when I’m stumbling through my darkened bedroom and I and up stepping on my dog’s tail, at which point he wakes up the greater area with his yelp of terror and slight pain. I’ll give you the power, you do your thing, sound good?
Company History & Overview
If you’re specific, you can call it The Home Depot, but usually we just drop the first word and stick to the last two. This is an American retailer of home improvement and construction products and services.
It operates big-box format stores across the United States including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico. The headquarters of the company are in Cobb County, Georgia which is located in Greater Atlanta.
According to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Home Depot is the largest retailer of home improvement products in the United States, putting them in front of their main rival, Lowe’s. Each location operates within a warehouse-style building and each location averages 105,000 square feet. The largest store they have is in Union, New Jersey which is 225,000 square feet.
Home Depot was founded in 1978 by Bernard Marcus, Arthur Blank, Ron Brill, and Pat Farrah. With this many founders, I have to imagine they came up with the idea while playing poker in one of their home basements and suddenly a pipe burst. The men rushed up to the door, only to find it locked.
The basement was flooding; Bernie’s perfect hand was royally flushed, literally, by the rising tide. Together, the men worked to patch the pipe and redirect the water, barely escaping an untimely drowning. When it was all said and done, one of them declared “We should make a store where people can learn to do this, and buy products to make it happen!” And so the idea for Home Depot was born. I’m kidding, it wasn’t that dramatic. These guys simply wanted to make a chain of home-improvement superstores that would make their competition pale in comparison.
An investment banker by the name of Ken Langone helped Marcus and Blank secure the proper capital to make the company happen. Arthur Blank has a great quote about the vision they had for Home Depot:
“Bernie and I founded The Home Depot with a special vision: to create a company that would keep alive the values that were important to us. Values like respect among all people, excellent customer service, and giving back to communities and society.”
Those are the words of a man who, with the help of his friends and some serious dough, survived a near drowning experience during an intense poker game. The first two stores opened in 1979, built in spaces leased from JCPenney. From there, to now, and we have the largest retailer of home improvement products. You want to work here, because if you find yourself in a very real situation where your A/C goes out and it’s 98 degrees outside, you’re going to need the knowledge and the power to repair it.
Or, hey, if you want to install new kitchen cabinets, install a new filter on your refrigerator, or anything in between, this is the place to work where you can hone your skills.
While Home Depot may have the iron grip on the home improvement industry, you can also check out article on Target for a broader retail experience. Or, check out the in-depth information we have on Walmart and their hiring process. You could always offer the competition your talents and apply to Lowe’s; you are a free agent after all.
Home Depot Application Online
There are two ways to obtain a job with Home Depot. The first way is through the careers page of the company website. On this page, you will see major job openings, and you’ll be able to search for openings in your area. The search functionality is quite intuitive. For example, let’s say we want an entry-level job as a cashier. We could start by selecting “In-store hourly” from the category list. Then, we have job categories, states, cities, and zip codes to choose from.
Once you arrive at the job page, you’ll see a list of qualifications, tasks, and responsibilities. If you like what you see, you can click the “apply to job” button to begin the online process. You’ll have to make an account first, but this will allow you to leave and come back if need be. The other option is to apply in-store.
I personally prefer applying in-store, and Home Depot offers a careers kiosk in each location where you can stop by and fill out your employment forms. I know that this option involves getting up and going somewhere, but if you do the applying in-store, you’ll be able to kill two birds with one stone. While you’re there, you can ask to speak with the hiring manager, and make a great first impression.
Remember to smile, shake their hand, and maybe throw down a few facts you know about the company. Uh, don’t mention the poker game incident; they’re very sensitive about that. Also, it didn’t happen. Stick to the facts from this article and you may just impress the manager enough to warrant an interview on the spot. It’s possibly, more so if they are really in need of help. Whether you apply online or in-store, this process of introducing yourself and making a first impression is vital.
Benefits and Salary Options with The Company
While benefits and salary options only grow with time, Home Depot has some great options available to you from the beginning of your employment. Here are the options you can expect to see:
- Mental, Dental, and Vision Insurance
- 401(k) retirement plans
- Paid Time Off
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Employee Assistance Programs
- Stock Purchase Plans
- Life Insurance
- Merchandise Discounts
- Relocation Assistance.
These benefits become more available based on your time with the company, and where you are located. In terms of salary, the entry-level position of Cashier can earn between $8.00 and $10.00 per hour. As a cashier, you will be processing transactions and answering questions about products. When you work as a sales associate in a specific department, you can expect to make between $11.00 and $12.00 per hour. Sales associates also answer questions, and ensure that their respective departments are clean, and that customers are finding everything easily. This position is heavily centered on customer service.
The real salaries kick in when you make your way up into management. When you operate the store with efficiency and maximize profits, you can start out making between $15.00 and $16.00 per hour. Assistant managers make around $50,000 a year, and store managers can make around $85,000 a year.
I’ll let you get to it then, because money is the ultimate motivator. Best of luck to you with your Home Depot application, and I’ll be sure to find you when I need help with anything home related.