200 job openings at new Target store

January 12, 2012 9:16:25 PM PST
Hundreds of jobs are up for grabs in the East Bay. A new Target store will be opening in two months in Fremont and a job fair to fill those positions got under way Thursday morning.

The line of job applicants stretched out into the sidewalk all morning. Thousands of people are expected over the three-day job fair and 300 will be hired.

Jazmin Conley of Union City is one very excited applicant.

"My pastor, she told me that Target was hiring and so she told me to go today, this morning, and so I was happy, hopefully something," Conley said.

Inside the current Target store in Newark, lots of people were sharing that sentiment. However, the high unemployment rate that drives so many to apply for work actually works in favor of the employer.

"We're excited because with the way the economy has been recently we're getting a really high caliber of candidate," new Target store executive Susan Elbert said. "It's bringing out a lot of individuals that weren't aware that Target isn't just a job, but it's truly a career,"

Elbert stopped short of saying it's consumer demand that is driving Target's move to a new larger location, but she did say the company had a great fourth quarter last year.

The job openings are in a variety of services.

"From food service to sales floor, cashiering, logistics," Elbert said.

Many of those hopeful applicants outside say they would take any of those jobs because they know there just aren't many opportunities out there.

"It's kind of hard right now because everybody's looking for a job," Newark resident Jaiquenisha Jones said. "So hopefully I get one."

The people who are getting hired will find out quickly because the opening of the Pacific Commons store in Fremont will take place the first week of March.