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The Home Depot hiring in Jacksonville for spring

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Home Depot is hiring 585 associates in 13 stores in Jacksonville and 80,000 nationwide in preparation for spring, its busiest selling season, the company announced Tuesday.

College students, retirees and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply as the company is now recruiting for positions both in its stores and distribution facilities.

From sales and cashiers to operations and online order fulfillment, opportunities available include both permanent part-time and seasonal positions.

"Spring is a great time to join The Home Depot, where you can work alongside a fun, energetic team that's passionate about the latest home improvement innovations and great customer service," said Tim Crow, executive vice president -- Human Resources.

 "This is the time of year that everyone's working on their yards their houses doing it all collectively so it's a good time to get everyone in here." adds Noelle Magaw, the Department Supervisor of Hardware. 

Robin Hill saw the "Now Hiring" sign when she walked into the Regency Square Home Depot.   "I'm currently unemployed and I've worked at a place like this before in Indianapolis so I know a lot about it. I want to be on the floor and tell people where to go." Hill says that she has been unemployed since January and this is exactly what she's been looking for.

According to a news release, time accrued during seasonal assignments applies to eligibility for benefits provided to permanent hourly associates, such as the company's "Success Sharing" profit-sharing program, 401k match and tuition assistance, if a seasonal associate transitions to a permanent position.

Applications must be submitted online at www.careers.homedepot.com.