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Target Resume Example & Writing Guide

  • Why use this resume example for your Target application?
  • Which key skills are relevant for a Target resume?

Target is a major retail enterprise with nearly 2,000 stores and over 400,000 employees across the U.S. They have many job openings, numerous opportunities for advancement, and generous benefits packages. But to get your foot in the door, you’ll need a great resume. That’s where we come in. We’ve got an excellent example resume and some tips on how to write the best resume to apply for a job at Target.

Why use this resume example for your Target application?

Start your resume with an introduction that summarizes your best skills and qualifications. This is your first chance to grab their attention and make them want to keep reading. If you lose them in the introduction, you’re doomed. To keep your resume out of the recycle bin, put some high-value keywords in your summary. To find keywords, go back to the job description that you’re applying for and search for any words related to skills or abilities. Especially look for anything that is mentioned more than once. Use those words in your resume, and be sure to put one or two in the introduction.

The professional experience section is the part of your resume where you describe the jobs you’ve held and what you did in those roles. Keep each job description short, 4-6 lines, to detail the essential functions of the job. Following the paragraph descriptions, use bullet points to talk about your achievements in each role. While the most impactful results are ones you can measure (with numbers), you should still include accomplishments you can’t quantify. For example, you might describe how you recommended a new process to improve customer service delivery, or how your supervisor selected you to train new staff members.

Did you notice that our example resume is only two pages long? This is important because, again, a hiring manager does not want to spend a lot of time reading a resume. If you can’t sell yourself in a page or two, then you’re probably not going to get the job. Anything that happened more than 10 years ago can be collapsed into a single line. Like the Additional Experience section of the example. The same goes for your education and training. If you have a college degree, you don’t need to include your high school information. Use the extra space for achievements.

Which key skills are relevant for a Target resume?

Working at Target or any major retailer requires a lot of solid people skills as well as some technical skills. Here are some great retail and management skills that will apply to just about any job:

  • Attention to detail

  • Communication

  • Customer service

  • Inventory management 

  • Leadership

  • Loss prevention

  • Organization

  • Problem-solving 

  • Teamwork

  • Time management 


Summary example

Accomplished, skilled Retail Management Professional with 10 years of continually progressive experience in high-volume store sales strategy, training design, team engagement, and customer service excellence. Results-oriented sales leader with a rich foundation in retail store operations and the distinct ability to blend a consultative leadership style with an understanding of team needs to produce results. Dynamic communicator recognized for developing future store leaders and consistently exceeding sales goals in support of organizational success.

Employment history example

Store Team Leader at Target Corporation, Various Locations 2001 - Present

Successfully lead an eight-person executive team in managing distinct store departments while administering payroll and store cost centers. Simultaneously operate San Francisco store financials while managing the San Bruno location. Closely maintain product and merchandise selection through innovative store presentation

Key Contributions

  • Guided 300-member staff to surpass holiday retail seasonal goals, which represented a 2% sales increase over the previous year.

  • Achieved 6% sales growth within five months in position, and met both sales and payroll goals.

  • Served as the Region 200 Operations Trainer within the Western Region and Northern California Operations Certified Trainer.

  • Improved the customer survey score by 18 points within 21 days in order to complete the Green desired outcome, and by 28 points overall.

  • Enhanced store sales and financial results by introducing a team-lead-team model.

  • Oversaw the delivery of six trucks each week and resolved issues related to the fixed-store logistics merchandise push and unload process.

Executive of Operations at Target Corporation, San Francisco 2014 - 2018

Promoted to spearhead store financials and profitability as the Assistant Store Manager, which represented a seamless transition from loss prevention to store management. Managed and mentored a team of 12 executives in the absence of the Store Manager. Responsible for Logistics and Receiving day-to-day process; managed store payroll. Closely monitored and organized store sales data and financial results. Analyzed monthly financial data in order to communicate key store financial issues to more than 200 employees. Conceptualized and launched aggressive sales strategy, which directly led to sales and profitability growth.

Key Contributions

  • Appointed to serve as both the Western Region Operations Trainer and Northern California Operations Trainer.

  • Led the hiring process; designed and delivered training to more than 200 new employees, including 20 direct reports.

  • Recognized for earning the highest company score on the Company Headquarters Assessment.

  • Played an integral role in designing and implementing daytime replenishment and reverse logistics processes.

  • Met store sales and financial goals within the first year of store operations, representing $63M in annual revenue.

Assets Protection & Loss Prevention at Target Corporation, Daly City, CA 2012 - 2014

Promoted to oversee internal investigations and overall loss prevention, while serving as the G290 AP Trainer and Business College Trainer.

Key Contributions

  • Recognized for closing more internal investigations than any other store in the region.

  • Minimized stock shortage by $618K within 18 months in position.

Education example

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration at California State University, Hayward

Skills example

  • Retail Store Management & Leadership

  • Asset Protection & Loss Prevention

  • Team Management & Training

  • Customer Service Excellence

  • Financial & Sales Growth

  • Logistics, Operations & Merchandising

  • Store Payroll & Cost Centers

  • Financial Data Analysis & Reporting

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