Types of Jobs
There are many different positions within a single Lowe’s store. There are sales associates, cashiers, department supervisors, receiving clerks, delivery drivers, loss prevention specialists and managers, assistant managers, and managers, to name a few. Within the store, things are broken down by department, so if you have a distinct specialty before you even begin a career here, such as lumber, there’s a good chance that you can move up quickly within your department.
Cashiers tend to start out at the lowest pay, usually around minimum wage. As you gain experience with the company and become more proficient at your job, though, it is common to see pay rise quickly. Some cashiers can make as much as $10 per hour. Sales associates start out higher, and this pay can vary in starting amount between $9 and $12 per hour depending on how much experience you already have and which department you find yourself stationed in.
Because there are so many different types of managers within a store, and because some require a good deal of experience and others don’t, there is a lot of variation of pay here. Some managers start out making just $20,000 a year, while others can start at $65,000 per year. The more people you supervise and the more experience you have all play a role in this rate. Having a greater amount of responsibilities also influences salary.
Lowe’s strives to take care of their employees, offering benefits even to part time employees. After you’ve worked here for six months, you can begin contributing to a company match 401(k), but there are other benefits to that you may need to work a certain number of hours per week to qualify for. These include life and health insurance policies, employee discounts, tuition reimbursement, and paid time off.
Lowe’s has a reputation for having high quality goods, but they also have a reputation for great customer service. And because they are a large, well respected and established employer, they are in a good position to offer job security for those that are looking for a long term position. This company is still seeking to expand, and has been known to open dozens of new locations per year recently. This also makes starting out in a career much easier as jobs here are in demand.
Who Can Apply?
You must be at least 18 to work at Lowe’s fulltime. The ideal applicants for this company have previously existing knowledge when it comes to tools, hardware, appliances, home repairs and improvement, and customer service. You will want to have a high school diploma or GED for certain positions as basic math skills are required. This is not a hard and fast rule for associates and cashiers, but it is mandatory for managerial candidates. A college degree is not required, but can be very helpful when it comes to advancing within the company.
Hiring managers also prefer that you have a background in sales or customer service. This is a retail job, and as such, your success—and the company’s—are both dependent on meeting customer needs. You should be friendly, personable, and patient. You should also have a natural desire to want to help people achieve their personal goals.
It is expected that Lowe’s employees place an emphasis on the customer. Customers may come into a store with a project in mind, and perhaps might not know everything that they need to get that project finished. Having a knowledge not only of how to perform basic home improvement projects is helpful, but more than that, an ability to direct customers to the proper resources to achieve their goals is needed. If you don’t know the answer to a question, you should be able to direct them to the resource that will. All of this should be achieved in a friendly, polite, and professional manner.
You should have a knowledge of the store, too. Lowe’s locations can be huge, and it is easy for a customer to feel overwhelmed inside of one. Being able to direct them to exactly where they need to go will be a helpful skill that you should quickly develop as you gain experience.
Tips for Gaining Employment
The Lowe’s employment application can be found on their main web page down at the bottom under the “Company Info” heading. Click on the link labeled “Careers,” and you will be taken to a section where you can search for a job based upon your background, location, or specific departments within the store. You can also find corporate positions on this site with various roles in the company.
When filling out your application, spend about an hour on it, devoting your attention to just this. After you’ve finished, be sure to look things over for accuracy and thoroughness. Make sure that your answers are honest and complete and that any relevant background or skillsets have been highlighted. If you have a military background, mention that too.
At your interview, be polite and professional and answer questions directly and honestly. It can be helpful to spend some time before your interview practicing routine questions with a friend or even in front of the mirror so that you can get a feel for your responses. Having some questions of your own can be a good thing to as this shows your interviewers that you have spent some time going over the job opportunity and are truly excited about it.