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Jilian Clubb is a Field Campus Recruiter for Target Stores. She recruits for the Executive Internship and Executive Team Leader (Assistant Manager) positions for more than 70 stores located in Atlanta, GA and Memphis and Nashville, TN. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors degree in Retail Merchandising and a double minor in Management and Spanish.
1. How did you get started in the industry? How can someone who is interested in your work get started?
I started working for Target as a Stores Executive Intern in Fridley, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis, while attending the University of Minnesota. I continued working in Target stores while I finished college. I joined the Talent Acquisition team about 5 years ago as a Staffing Specialist and was promoted to my current position as a Campus Recruiter a little over 2 years ago.
Our internship program is a great way to get started with the company. It is a 10-week program designed to give our interns a realistic preview of what it is like to be a leader in a Target Store or Distribution Center. At the end of the 10-weeks our ultimate goal is to transition interns to full-time team members in leadership roles.
2. What’s the future of your industry or job?
Target is focused on delivering exceptional value, a broad assortment of products and a great store experience. One of our core strengths is being flexible in how we approach development in new markets and expansion in existing ones. We don’t try to tailor locations to fit a Target; we tailor Target to fit the location. Right now, we’re evolving our growth plans to include smaller stores in urban locations called City Targets.
To build on our growth strategies, we are also expanding to Canada where we intend to open approximately 200 stores, the first of which will open in March. As for my job, we put a lot of importance on building the best team, so we will continue to search for the best leaders for Target.
3. What do you look for when you hire an intern or entry-level candidate?
The number one thing I look for in candidates is someone who has great leadership experience. This could be from their previous work experience or campus involvement. Within the Stores and Distribution Centers it is all about being a leader and leading a team.
4. What is one thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression?
The interns that stand out to me the most are the ones who really take ownership of their own growth and development. They are eager to learn and take initiative.
5. Can you share a positive intern story and an intern horror story? No names needed…
My goal is to be able to offer summer Interns positions as Executive Team Leaders (Assistant Managers) in Stores or Group Leaders in Distribution Centers at the end of the Internship. The best part of my job is getting to see how much my Interns grew during the 10-week program and extending offers to our successful Interns to begin their future careers with Target.
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