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The Toronto Sun CareerConnection

Home Depot taps into 50+ job seekers

By Diane Janes
Career Connection Editor


The Home Depot Canada and CARP, Canada's Association for the Fifty-Plus, announced yesterday that they have formed an exclusive hiring partnership.

As retailers continue to seek skilled and dedicated workers, the hiring relationship with CARP allows The Home Depot to reach Canada's most experienced resources -- the 50+ population.

"Our partnership with CARP allows us to tap into the growing 50+ age bracket, which holds such a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion," said Annette Verschuren, president of The Home Depot Canada and EXPO Design Center.

"This group excels at customer service and possesses leadership skills that will prove invaluable to our store managers and the associates on the floor."

In addition, The Home Depot will benefit from CARP's expertise in understanding exactly what kind of employment opportunities best suit the 50+ prospect.

In February 2004, The Home Depot initiated a similar partnership in the United States with AARP, the country's leading 50+ organization. In both countries, The Home Depot offers medical and dental insurance, tuition reimbursement, a discounted stock purchase plan, the opportunity to share in the company's growth through its Success Sharing program, and other benefits to eligible full- and part-time associates.

7,000 JOBS

The Home Depot is now gearing up for the spring hiring season, its busiest time of the year, and will work with CARP to help drive recruitment. During this time, The Home Depot will hire approximately 7,000 new associates for its stores across Canada.

"For many individuals over age 50, finding a second career can be challenging. We are excited to make this a little bit easier, and just in time for our hiring season," said Bernard Cormier, vice-president of Human Resources for The Home Depot Canada.

In late 2004, The Home Depot Canada was chosen as A Best Employer for 50+ Canadians. Top companies scored high marks for the way they treated their older workers, especially in the areas of recruitment and retention, skill development, compensation and benefits, and retirement planning and education.

Another factor that played an important role was whether companies offered good opportunities for older workers and flexible work schedules.

For more information about careers at The Home Depot, visit www.homedepot.ca or their local stores.



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