Home Depot Launches Vet Job Program

October 10, 2012 |

Home Depot has announced a new career transition program for veteran jobs, including a nation-wide career workshop on October 27 that is designed to help veterans looking for  jobs in all fields – more details are available in their official press release below. Got an opinion on this new program, or vet opportunuities at Home Depot in general? Sound off in the comments section.

The Home Depot Launches Career Assistance Program for Military and Veterans

Mission: Transition® to provide civilian career workshops and online military skills translator

ATLANTA, Oct. 10, 2012 — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, announced a new initiative today aimed at arming U.S. service men and women with the knowledge and resources they need to successfully transition into the civilian workforce.

The new program, dubbed Mission: Transition, is a concentrated effort by The Home Depot to assist the military community with job search strategies and tools for today’s challenging employment market.

“Members of the United States military are great assets to America’s workforce, yet the outstanding skills they possess can be difficult to translate during the application or interview process,” said Tim Crow, The Home Depot EVP – Human Resources. “Through Mission: Transition, we want to help service men and women highlight their unique skills to successfully pursue opportunities with any employer, not just The Home Depot.”

Specifically, Mission: Transition will aid a service member’s job search through customized training events and career tools:

Civilian Career Workshops: On October 27, 2012, The Home Depot will conduct more than 100 half-day training sessions across the country to help members of the military with their job search in most any industry or with most any employer. These workshops, which will be held at select Home Depot stores across the country and other company facilities, will include coaching on resume optimization for civilian jobs, interview tips and more.

Workshop locations and registration details are available on The Home Depot’s careers website at www.careers.homedepot.com/military. Space is limited, but workshops are open to any member of the military or veteran transitioning to a civilian career.

Online Military Skills Translator: The Home Depot’s new skills translator is designed to help translate and match an applicant’s unique military skills with positions that might offer the best fit. It too is located at www.careers.homedepot.com/military.

With service at the center of its core values, The Home Depot is committed to making a real, meaningful difference for the military community. The Home Depot currently employs more than 35,000 veterans and service members, 1,500 of which are deployed for active duty at any given time. Additionally, The Home Depot Foundation has committed a total of $80 million to support veterans’ housing initiatives.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,250 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2011, The Home Depot had sales of $70.4 billion and earnings of $3.9 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

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Comments

  1. So they are going to run a program that already basically exists to departing members before discharge. Are they hiring more veterans?

    • Davied Russell says:

      Seems to me all the HDs should be on this bandwagon, not only specific locations. How many people do you know that would attend a workshop in another state, especially if they are looking for work?

  2. peter says:

    My buddy is a disabled vet who was hired and then fired because they didn't have the time to train him for his department. But they have the time to train all the teenage girls that work there? Seriously?

  3. Chuck says:

    I've had an application in with Home Depot for the last 6 months. They haven't hired this 20 year Air Force Veteran, not even an e-mail or call to come in for an interview. As always, I think there's more talk behind their "new" program than action.

  4. Gordon Oreskovich says:

    Please let me know if you’re having any training at the Jog Rd.& Lantana Rd. location. I am looking for a job too!!

  5. mineisbigger says:

    Same here…I applied for a job with Home Depot…nothing so far. I don't need resume writing & interview tips…good PR strategy though.

  6. sfc20ret says:

    I am retired U.S.Army w/20 plus. Over the last year I've applied to Home Depot at least 10 to 20 times. I can't even get an interview for a Lot Attendant postion.
    So much for their veterans hiring program

  7. 32 yr.retired vet says:

    There should be way, that Home Depot has to live up to there VET JOB PROGRAM and hire vets like they say. It seems like false advertising they support the veterans, when in fact it doesn't sound like they are hiring us.

  8. Jobless 20 year vet says:

    I'm a retired 20 year vet and I've applied with Home Depot multiple times… to no response whatsoever. I'm probably more qualified than most for the position I wanted. Yet, when I go in their store it's a young kid that's never served a day of military in their lives. This is a PR stunt on behalf of HD. Wave the flag and appear as if you care.

  9. Rodne says:

    It’s the same story all the times. I have applied with home depot for over a year now, and I keep updating my profile online. Still I haven’t heard anything from them.

  10. Rick says:

    I work at Home Depot. I am a retired Army Viet Nam vet. I have worked at HD for nine years. Atlanta sets policy, Its up to the store Managers to follow it. They all don't. In my store, approximately 30% of the staff including managers are vets.

    What HD is doing is a tool to aid you in finding a job, No-one will give you a job you need to work to find one. Make use of all the tools available to you and apply yourself. Stop looking for hand outs and look for a hand up.

    • Moore Ed says:

      Rick – glad we have you on the "inside" of HD – BLUF: We have 16 negative HD VET HIRING comments here
      1. Should'nt HD call it what it is? Instead of claiming to hire vets and leveraging that patriotic marketing "tool" for HD's selfish needs, shouldn't HD tell the truth… i.e., A "tool to aid you in finding a job somewhere else" but, we're not hiring now because of the economy/healthcare laws
      2. 9 million for Vet Projects accross the country and 100 sites is a JOKE for a company like HD. You and your Co. should be ashamed of this – not bragging on it!
      3. 9 mil doesn't even pay for Matt Ryan (ATL QB) for one year! HD could do better for this country's veterans, their sacrifices for this nation, and their current job searches. HD should care more – and tell veterans the truth up front… Telling us "You need to work to find one" and to "stop looking for HAND OUTS" – doesn't help! GET REAL RICK – you've been gone too long! Ed Moore (USA CW3-R)

  11. Rick says:

    As far as this being a pr stunt, HD has earmarked $9,000,000.00 nationally for vet projects and have 100 sites across the country for the event of Oct 27 to give a hand up.

  12. bkind says:

    It's cheap advertising. Wow look HD hires Vets – lets go there to buy our home repair needs. Makes them look good — it might even make the evening news. To this date I have never heard from them regarding my job application, as I can see most of us have not. By the way Lowes told me they offer a 10% customer discount to all vets – I didn't even have to ask.

  13. Dick Buster says:

    Not every Vet is going to get a job, whether with Home Depot or countless other businesses which promote hiring Vets. It is competitive, and one has to present their interest and skills to the interviewer. Sometimes people don't write well, don't sell themselves well. Face it, just because the FITREPS, OERs, EPR's and medals & awards blow sunshine up your arse doesn't mean you're hiring material. With a tough economy you have to compete with others, they don't give you carte blanche Vet preference. And if one locale doesn't hire you, try another.

    29 years, retired.

    • Ernie says:

      Reading your comments (grammer), I can tell you must not work there either. And if what you say is true, then they should not promote "Hire A Vet". I've been to several of these store, and have dealt with some real incompetent staff. There is no doubt in my mind that the soldiers and Marines I have trained are above that level.

      37 years, retired

  14. Ernie says:

    Visiting these home improvement stores on a regular basis, I couldn't but notice there are a lot of middle-eastern people working there. Maybe those are the veterans they are hiring?

  15. Ron says:

    There are alot of frustrated Vets out there. It took me two years to find a another career once I retired from the Navy in 2007. That's after I went back to college and finished my degree. I think that most Vets are not looking for handouts. They just want to work so that they can take care of themselves and their families and be a productive American citizen. The bottom line is that the focus needs to be more on how to prepare for the job market and what skills are in demand. Also there needs to be more information for the employer on how veterans can increase productivity in the workforce. Hang in there Brothers and Sisters!

  16. Marques stewart says:

    Don't feel bad,these stores would rather hire teenagers who have no leadership skills,they all say they will hire vets but its only for public relations,advertisement. I'm a 21 year vet also and I feel every veteran's Pain. Is this what we face when we protect everyone's Freedom and come home too. Keep your heads up maybe someone will give us an opportunity, If I could serve my country again I would without a doubt so all VETS stand up and be Proud.

  17. Pathfinder says:

    We had a saying " You're only as good as your last mission". Meaning show me what you can do now, not what you have done.

    Continue to improve yourself in some manner. School, certs, anything. DO NOT beat your chest sitting high upon your horse yelling " I'm a 20 year vet, you owe me"….

    Picture yourself a private and starting over again, this time with a little bit more wisdom. From the ground up.

    ask people, friends and family are fine how you can improve yourself. But they tend to sugar coat things. You're looking for the people that get in your face and tell you " You need to this and this to be marketable". Now its up to you to take that advice, or remount your horse and continue beating your chest. Huff and puff all you want. The hiring manager is going to sit there stiring thier coffee wondering the effects of a taser gun on your body.

    2 years after retirement, the plan is coming together slowly. But it is coming together. What did I learn? Chest beating fails, and forward progression is king!

  18. Craig says:

    I wonder if they are getting government kickbacks and tax incentives for putting a program in place. There seems to be more here than meets the eye. One thing I have found in my job search is that many employers are afraid of the management skill set veterans bring to the workforce, especially when applying for lower paying, unskilled labor. Some feel threatened by the experience we bring, so I have been told. Oh well, just my two cents.

  19. patrick says:

    I have applied at homedope and lowes, I keep being told I'm over qualified,and yet you go into one of these places and ask a question they have that look on their faces"like what are you talking about".Try it some time

  20. LadyAM1 says:

    In all fairness, HD does offer the same 10% vet discount. Re "Atlanta makes the policy and it's up to managers to put it into effect": If it's an important enough policy to advertise, seems like someone at corporate level would follow up to see how well those managers are complying…

  21. Okay, so we'll be seeing ex-military men helping to build our homes soon? Well, if anything, at least we'll benefit from good old military efficiency.

  22. Curt Mason says:

    On a lighter note, the thought of stereotypical drill sergeants selling you home supplies and equipment just popped into my head. That would be quite the sight if it ever happened.

  23. Ken Kabelis says:

    It is great that Home Depot has thought of the veterans and opened up jobs for everyone, except me. Have applied over and over and to Home Depot with no results. No phone calls, no messages, nothing. Tried talking to the manger of stores here in Pensacola, Fl, they give a phone number to call. Call it and all I get is a push this number for this and that, not one person I can talk with about my application for a job. This really sucks and is very depressing as I am a 20 year veteran of the Navy and no one calls about a job.Come Home Depot get on the ball with the vets.

  24. 300K employees and 35K Veteran employees sounds encouraging, but the reality is their 'outreach' to Veteran jobseekers is non-existant. Like many commenters here, I've found the vet-hiring hype to be just that- PR hype! It's sad to say that HD & Lowe's have failed to hire veterans more than anyone. Just google it.

  25. Will they be doing home service as well? It'd be great to have something like a retired military engineer to help with home repair and renovation from time to time.

  26. NL Realtor says:

    I have a family member that applied to Home Depot and was hired within a few weeks. I guess they can only hire who when they have a spot, it's not an actual bottomless make work project. Good to see they are trying though.

  27. SapperPete says:

    I am a 7 year vet with one tour in Iraq. I have been gainfully employed since leaving the Army in 2005 and have advanced myself within the two companies that I've worked for since then. How did I do it?? I didn't hang my entire worth on my military service. Sure I mentioned it but I went out and sold myself on what I could do, not what I have done. Nobody owed me anything and I didn't give that attitude. Today, I manage a large truck maintenance facility with over 40 employees. I conduct dozens of interviews each year and I can tell you that very few of you would get my consideration. I need positive, motivated and forward looking folks, not a bunch of negative nelly's like I see on here. Even more so, your poor spelling and grammar aren't getting you anywhere.
    Bottom line is this, any half decent hiring manager knows that all your military experience really says is that you will most likely show up on time, be well groomed and dressed with presentable attire. Other than that, you have to sell me on the rest..Start with how you present yourself on paper and do a little proof-reading. Don't get mad, I'm just telling you how it is. Now go out there and adapt then overcome.

  28. C.Williams says:

    Home Depot is very good about firing vets,I was employed by home depot for six months when the person that hired me decided he could pay two people for the amount he was paying me and fired me an arrest I made that even my manager say he would have made.

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