I’ve always enjoyed Old Navy’s blend of upscale and affordable clothing. I’ve never understood those commercials, but we’re not here to critique their marketing.
When it comes to clothing stores, they’re truly a dime-a-dozen, but Old Navy has stood the test of time and provided their unique brand of clothes throughout the year. When it comes to job searching, a stable company like this is always an attractive option.
So, how is it that we can get your an Old Navy application and started on the road to success? Lucky for you, I’ve done the legwork so all you need to do is read on as dive into an overview of the company, its culture, and how to apply.
I’ll even throw in some additional tips and tricks you’ve probably never heard before.
A Brief History and Overview: The Perfect Brand for Everyone
When it comes to the question of what came first in this case it’s Gap Inc. The massive clothing retailer eventually spawned Old Navy in 1993, though even that first location began as a Gap Warehouse.
The way this whole story started is actually kind of funny. It began when founders Doris and Don Fisher couldn’t find a pair of jeans that fit.
In the spirit of “do it yourself” the two opened the first Gap store in 1969. As the company blossomed and grew, there were a number of spinoff retailers that did business for the Gap under various names. These were added during the 1980s and included the following:
- Banana Republic
The story of Old Navy started when the Target Corporation started considering a new division of their own that was focused on creating a less expensive of Gap’s clothing. To counter this, Gap Warehouse was created in various preexisting locations.
The next year, these warehouse locations were renamed as Old Navy in order to separate it from the Gap. The first locations were opened in Colma, San Leandro, and Pittsburg, California.
By 2000, there were over 500 locations and the following year saw expansion into Ontario, Canada. In 2005, the president of the time, Dawn Robertson decided they needed to attack the competition head on.
She was looking at Hollister, and American Eagle specifically. She wanted Old Navy to match their “high fashion feel.”
To do this, the logo was changed, and several locations were remodeled to reflect the new focus. On location in St. Petersburg, Florida cost $5 million to develop.
This new approach did away with the warehouse style and instead focused on creating as boutique feel. The new locations were built with green materials and included rock gardens, murals, posters, and a variety of accents.
In 2011, the company was once again rebranded to settle into a family focused store chains. This new rebranding was called “Project ONE.” It was meant to target the ideal customer persona which the company had named “Jenny” who is a married mother with at least one child. Understanding the target customer is a smart way to brand any business, and this particular approach worked well.
Stylish and affordable clothing is the focus on a wide variety of companies. If you like selling fashionable clothing that anyone can enjoy, check out our article on JCPenney. Don’t forget to apply to Macy’s as well which has a similar focus.
One of the main competitors of Old Navy is Hollister so be sure to check out our article on them as well. Finally, check out T.J Maxx which is always carrying the latest styles for a great price.
Old Navy Application Online
Applying to Old Navy is as easy as making the decision to work for them. You can apply online at the company’s career page. You’ll start by making a username and password, then selecting a job opening you wish to apply for.
If you have a resume ready when you start applying, you can upload the document to auto fill out most of the fields. If you don’t have a resume prepared (why not?) then you can fill out the 11 steps of the online form manually.
Even if you have a resume to upload, make sure you run through the entered information so you can double check that everything was entered accurately. There’s going to be a section about your availability and this is important to fill out as best you can.
The more time you’re available on a weekly basis, the better a candidate you are. A flexible schedule is always preferable to an employer. Later on in the forms, there are a handful of assessments that you’ll need to fill out honestly and accurately.
You typically receive information about your candidacy via email, but it’s always recommended that you stop into the store and introduce yourself to the hiring manager. In this instance, always show up wearing professional attire and ready to put on a great first impression.
The time that it takes for them to get back to you can be anywhere from a day to two weeks. So, what do you do while you’re waiting? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
While You Wait for the Call
Since it can take a few days (or weeks) to hear back, there are plenty of ways to continue boosting your potential after you finish filling out the online employment forms. The secret here is networking.
You can do this in-person or online in a number of ways. Here are some ways to build a network that can massively increase your chances of being hired:
- Build a great LinkedIn profile (you can do this online with ease and start networking today)
- Clear out your social media of anything you wouldn’t want you mother to see. Some people don’t get job interviews because they look unprofessional and post photos they shouldn’t.
- Stop into the store and do some shopping as a customer, don’t pester the management with job questions, but making yourself known as a patron is a great way to build rapport with the staff.
Job Benefits and Final Tips
Like any reputable company, there are a number of benefits you can receive working at Old Navy. Below are some of the things you can expect once you gain tenure with the company:
- Medical Insurance
- Dental and Vision Plans
- Life and disability insurance
- Private counseling
- Employee Stock Purchase plans
- 401(k) Retirement Plans
- Merchandise discounts
- Paid time off
- Tuition reimbursement
- Discounts from other brands
Old Navy found instant success as an affordable line of clothing for people of all ages and walks of life. Shopping and working here is a dream because it’s hard to believe that it could actually be real. As the company website states, this is a brand for everyone, and I firmly believe it’s a job for everyone too.
If you agree, head online, taking my tips with you, and fill out the Old Navy application. The other competitors mentioned earlier in the article are also great companies to work for.
Don’t settle for what you think is good enough, apply for the job you want and with drive and a few of my articles, you’ll have it no time.