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Local jobs: Home Depot to hire 700 workers in Lee

By Staff | Feb 16, 2013

The Home Depot is looking to fill more than 80,000 seasonal positions nationwide, with more than 700 based in Cape Coral and Fort Myers.

“This is our annual spring hiring,” Katherine Ellison, spokeswoman for the company, said Friday. “We are hiring now, particularly in Florida.”

According to officials, spring is the company’s busiest hiring and selling period – an annual peak season – like the Christmas season is for many retailers. Last year, The Home Depot filled about 70,000 seasonal jobs.

Ellison cited this season’s projections for the increase in openings.

“That’s basically attributed to an anticipated sales growth in the spring,” she said. “We do anticipate a big spring.”

Locally, there are about four stores in Cape Coral, with about 180 open positions. In Fort Myers, there are about 12 stores and 540 job openings.

“It’s a combination of full-time and part-time positions,” Ellison said.

Some of the jobs are cashiers and lot attendants, or in lawn and garden.

“All of them will be seasonal at this point,” she said.

Seasonal jobs are temporary and will last from 90 to 120 days.

Ellison noted that a lot of the positions can become permanent. In the 2012 and 2011 seasons, about half of the seasonal employees were retained.

“These jobs are a lot of fun, and they often turn into a permanent position,” she said.

Some stores open as early as 6 a.m.; others close as late as 10 p.m.

“There’s definitely a range of hours and availability,” Ellison said.

Those with and without experience are encouraged to apply.

“It’s all across the board,” she said. “We don’t require experience.”

However, customer service and retail experience is a plus.

“We see all types of hires at this time of the year,” Ellison said.

The Home Depot welcomes returning military and veterans to apply. The company recently launched its online military skills translator, a tool that translates and matches an applicant’s military skills with open positions.

“There’s thousands of military who are returning and looking for work,” she said. “They’re service-minded people, and we’re service-minded people.”

The Home Depot also has partnered with military focused career fairs and will participate in events throughout the year, according to officials.

College students and retirees also are encouraged to apply.

“Some technical schools students will have training in some things that we have in the stores,” Ellison said.

Retirees bring their own experience to the table.

“They tend to be really handy and know how to do things around the house,” she said.

To fill out an application, go to: www.careers.homedepot.com/.

Those without Internet can visit any Home Depot location.

“You can come into any of our stores, and we’ll set you up with a computer and you can fill out the application,” Ellison said.

“We’re looking for everyone and anyone who’s interested and ready to come work,” she said.

For more information, visit The Home Depot’s Web site online.