Dollar Tree to hire 25,000

Dollar Tree hopes to enhance its luck in finding retail workers in a increasingly tough labor market.

Dollar Tree hopes to enhance its luck in finding retail workers in a increasingly tough labor market.

The company announced that it plans to hire 25,000 associates in its third annual Nationwide Hiring Event hosted at Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores across the country on Oct. 17.

"We are excited to grow our team to better serve our customers with greater values and friendly shopping experiences throughout the holiday season," stated Betty Click, Chief Human Resources Officer. "I am so proud of the progress we are making within our Dollar Tree and Family Dollar brands on developing and retaining engaged associates as we continue to invest in our talent."

With already more than 15,000 stores across North America, the company says it plans to open hundreds of stores annually. Similar to Target, the company is claiming to offer competitive compensation and benefits with opportunities for career growth. According to the company, nearly 40,000 associates were promoted into new positions within the organization.

The labor market is forcing retailers to rethink their approach to hiring as a smaller pool of workers seeks more flexibility, training and pay. Many retailers who saw the labor market tighten several years ago responded by increasing wages and improving benefits. Most notably, Walmart increased its starting wages each of the past three years, prompting other retailers to raise their entry level wages. Other retailers have employed more unconventional methods to position themselves as an employer of choice. For example, the Buc-ee’s chain of more than 30 convenience stores opened a new location in the Houston suburb of Katy last year and sign hung above the exit lets shoppers and potential job-seekers know hourly pay rate by type of position and benefits such as three weeks of vacation and 401K.

According to the company, interviews will be conducted at every U.S. store location from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM local time. The company is looking to fill permanent full-time and part-time openings in the roles of store managers, assistant store managers, cashiers and stocking associates, as well as seasonal holiday help.