Dollar General goes to war -- for retail talent
As the holiday season grows closer, one of America's biggest retailers has launched an effort to thwart the tight labor market and find good workers.
Now through Sept. 23, Dollar General will hold recruiting events across 44 states, offering interview opportunities for candidates looking to "join a company that embraces innovation, diversity and teamwork," according to the company.
The announcement comes as the labor market for retail talent drastically tightens at the worst possible time: the holidays. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 757,000 retail job openings across the U.S. in July, about 100,000 more than the same time a year ago. And the number of openings surpassed the number of hires from March through June for the first time in a decade.
Dollar General says it plans to create approximately 7,000 net new jobs in 2018 and is seeking store managers, assistant store managers, lead sales associates and part-time and full-time sales associates to support its retail store operations. The Company is also seeking district managers and regional directors.
“Dollar General is proud of its strong track record of supporting the growth and development of our approximately 134,000 employees across our organization,” said Bob Ravener, Dollar General’s executive vice president and chief people officer. “We continue to make significant investments in employee programs focused on development and benefits. As a rapidly-growing company that has built more than 6,000 new stores and created approximately 50,000 net new jobs in the past decade alone, we believe we provide our employees with a wide range of exciting opportunities to advance within the Company. We look forward to welcoming new candidates to the Dollar General team and helping them achieve their career ambitions.”
Dollar General currently operates 15,015 stores in 44 states.