While Target got stung by hackers during the holidays and had to coax shoppers to spend money, the retailer is moving ahead, opening a new store on Cottle Road in South San Jose in Early March.
Applicants won't have to wait long to find out if they got hired.
"Every single person that comes to the fair today will get an interview, and we will know within about a week or two about their status and when they will be able to start," Target HR team leader Christine Pauliukonis said.
The New Year is starting out with better prospects of hiring in Silicon Valley. Work2Future, which helps employers and applicants link up, now sees about 100 new job listings a day. It was half that number six months ago. The region expanded by 26,000 jobs in the past year.
"There is this little pattern that's developing where people are starting to fill full-time jobs, and I think in the long term that's what we really want to see," Work2Future projects manager Javier Vanga said.
But there are set-backs, such as news this week that Macy's is laying off 2,500 employees. Some may apply at Target.
"This may be a really good timing event for them that they're kind of ending one and going to another, and that's always good news; we can always hope," Work2Future business services manager B.J. Sims said.
Nancy Gill isn't sure how her interview is going to go.
"So hard to tell with everybody out of work and age, you know, has a lot to do with it," she said. "They want all the younger people."