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Home Depot hiring thousands of seasonal workers

A southwest Phoenix Home Depot is shown on Wednesday, Feb. 12. (KTAR photo/Bob McClay)

PHOENIX -- If you're looking for a job, a national home improvement chain has the "Help Wanted" sign out.

The Home Depot plans to hire 80,000 people nationwide. Several of the vacancies are at Arizona stores.

"We are going to hire 1,500 people (in Arizona) for our spring season. It is about 40 to 50 people per store," said Elanca Burton, assistant manager at a Home Depot in southwest Phoenix.

She said her store is looking for all kinds of people to fill seasonal customer service vacancies.

"We're looking for veterans, retirees, reservists, students, but everybody is welcome," she said.

Burton said that Home Depot especially wants to hire military veterans.

"We want to make sure that there's jobs out there for them," she said. "Home Depot, as a company, is very involved in veteran community affairs, so that is one of our pushes."

The jobs are temporary and part time, but Burton said that workers who do a perform well could be considered for a permanent, full-time position.

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About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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