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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u May 30, 2012 1:35 AM Flag

    Target launches enormous recruitment drive in B.C. (with video)

    Target launches enormous recruitment drive in B.C. (with video)

    By DARAH HANSEN, Vancouver Sun May 29, 2012 6:46 PM

    American retail giant Target launched the first phase of a massive recruitment campaign in British Columbia this week with the company looking to hire an estimated 2,500 people across the province before stores open in 2013. “We have thousands and thousands of jobs to fill,” said Tiffany Monroe, Target’s vice-president of human resources, in an interview Tuesday.

    Photograph by: Glenn Baglo , PNG


    American retail giant Target launched the first phase of a massive recruitment campaign in British Columbia this week with the company looking to hire an estimated 2,500 people across the province before stores open in 2013.

    “We have thousands and thousands of jobs to fill,” said Tiffany Monroe, Target’s vice-president of human resources, in an interview Tuesday.

    Monroe said the company is concentrating right now on finding store managers to oversee its 18 new locations in Metro Vancouver, Kamloops, Penticton, Prince Rupert, Salmon Arm, Dawson Creek and Victoria.

    The next phase of hiring will look to secure department managers, with retail staff positions to be filled last.

    Similar recruitment efforts are happening across the country after Target purchased the leases of 189 sites operated by Zellers. The company has said it plans to open 125 to 135 stores in Canada by next spring.

    Monroe said ongoing labour disputes with unionized staff at Zellers stores in Ontario and Quebec, as well as one location in Burnaby, hasn’t dampened enthusiasm among would-be employees.

    “We’re actually seeing great interest in the [number of] applications,” she said.

    The B.C. Labour Relations Board is currently reviewing an application made by the United Food and Commercial Workers’ Union, Local 1518, which represents 120 workers at the Brentwood Mall Zellers, to have Target declared a successor employer to Zellers.

    If successful, the application would mean employees would keep their jobs, and union status, despite a change in ownership.

    Target disputes the claim, arguing its $1.83-billion deal with Zellers is strictly a real-estate transaction, and does not involve the acquisition of staff.

    Monroe said Target has guaranteed an interview to any Zellers staff member, unionized or not, whose position is affected by the lease takeover. But that doesn’t mean he or she will get the job.

    “There are many, many jobs and we want to hire as many of the best and brightest as we can,” she said.

    Monroe declined to say how much Target employees can expect to earn in B.C. stores, adding the company strives to be “competitive” in the market.

    “In the United States we pride ourselves on that and we don’t expect that to be any different here, but we’re still in the process of working through what that would look like from a total [compensation] and benefits standpoint,” she said.

    Each Target store will staff between 150 to 200 employees, with an estimated 60 per cent of positions expected to be part-time.



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    • Target is one of several American retailers to set its sights on Canada, and particularly B.C., in the last year, attracted by a stable economy and a retail market that is less saturated than the market south of the border.

      Lindsay Meredith, a marketing professor at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, said Target’s arrival also signals a shift in consumer tolerance in this country toward lower-cost, high-volume retailers.

      “It’s the old story: You give and you get. We all decry the fact these guys are paying pretty much slave wages and change, and then we all beat a path down to the door because the prices are right,” he said.

      Not that it’s all bad news. Meredith said Target’s recruitment drive will be attractive to segments of the population that suffer higher-than-average unemployment rates, notably young people and new immigrants with little to no work history, and seniors who want, or need, to keep working past retirement. “There is some real value to that,” he said.

      But, Meredith added, “Are these going to be the high-end, high-tax-generating, high income-generating jobs? Hell no.”

      Monroe said Target is currently working with the federal government to address concerns the corporation’s move into Canada could erode the amount of Canadian cultural content on store shelves and hurt domestic publishing houses.

      Target could be required to introduce more Canadian authors and musicians and distribute imported titles through Canadian-controlled publishers, among other potential measures.

      Target is accepting applications through its website at

 
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