Annual hiring at Home Improvement Giants Up

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Home Depot and Lowe’s plan to hire more than 1,500 seasonal workers across the state, beginning next month.

Home Depot has 29 stores in Connecticut, with about 5,100 workers, and intends to hire more than 1,300 seasonal workers.

Of those, more than 130 are planned just in West Hartford, Bloomfield and Glastonbury.

Lowe’s has 13 stores in Connecticut, with about 2,500 employees, and plans to hire about 340 seasonal workers. Its season runs from March to September. Home Depot’s season runs from March to July.

But both chains convert seasonal workers into permanent hires. Home Depot retains about half its seasonal hires past the busy season.

Eric Schelling, director of talent acquisition for Home Depot, said the company is hiring 80,000 nationwide, 10,000 more than last year.

The company believes it will need 14 percent more workers this year because of its forecast for sales.

National trends show home construction is beginning to pick up, which means more demand for home improvement stores’ goods.

“We are in heavy hiring right now in every state in the nation,” he said.

Lowe’s is hiring about 12.5 percent more seasonal help than it did last year. In 2012, it hired about 40,000, and this year plans to hire 45,000.

It also is looking for 9,000 permanent employees nationwide, who will be scheduled during weekday peak times.

Schelling said Home Depot’s hires are college students, people taking second jobs, laborers, people who had been staying home to take care of children, and unemployed.

He said that online applications are good for 60 days, and the stores tend to make offers two weeks before the start dates. Job seekers can apply at careers.homedepot.com.

Lowe’s says its hires can expect to work 20 to 25 hours a week, and it’s looking for  cashiers, lawn and garden specialists, loaders, and stockers.

Job seekers can apply at careers.lowes.com.

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