Atlanta’s Home Depot on seasonal hiring binge

The Home Depot announced today it will add more than 80,000 temporary positions in stores and distribution centers for its spring selling season.

The Atlanta-based home supplies giant said that 1,200 of the jobs will be in metro Atlanta, where the company has about 20,000 employees.

Last year, about half the seasonal hires went on to become permanent employees, the company said today.

This is about the same number of seasonal hires the company made last year, spokesman Stephen Holmes said.

The company currently has about 400,000 employees working in nearly 2,000 stores in the United States, in addition to 75 distribution facilities.

Jobs are available in customer service and sales, lot associates, freight and receiving, store support and cashier positions, the company said. The company is also hiring for its "Merchandising Execution Team," which sets up merchandising displays.

The time that a seasonal employee spends working applies to their eligibility for benefits if they transition to a permanent position.

The company said that part-time and full-time permanent workers qualify for profit sharing, tuition assistance, 401k and a discounted stock purchase plan. Workers are also eligible for discounts.

Interested job candidates can look online for information. The process has been streamlined and is meant to take about 15 minutes to apply, said Tim Crow, an executive vice president at The Home Depot.

The company has projected growth of sales this year at about a 4.6 percent pace.

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