Home Depot announced today that it will hire 60,000 people as seasonal associates, a job at that could lead to the corner office.
At least, that's what happened in the case of Ann-Marie Campbell, the southern division president at the company. Campbell, who now heads a team of more than 100,000, started as a cashier in 1985. She then rose up the ranks to store manager, district manager and vice president. She now manages sales and operations in 15 states.
The 60,000 seasonal associates will be hired for the spring selling season. Though the job typically lasts 90 days, it could be a stepping stone to the executive ranks, said Jean Niemi, a spokesperson for the company. "Seasonal associates do come in and move up the ranks."
She could not say how many temporary staffers will get hired full-time, but said there are a number of permanent positions open outside of the seasonal hiring spree. About 61% of the company's employees are full-time. According to Niemi, all 60,000 new hires get trained in customer service, though they are spread out between different functions. "There is the opportunity to be on the floor selling."
The spring selling season is Home Depot's busiest time of the year. Called "Spring Black Friday," promotions and discounts run over four weekends across the country, depending on geography and climate.
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