Target using online games helping Data Engineers get noticed and HIRED

In an effort to recruit Data Engineers, Target has rolled out an interesting concept to drawn in talent while they sift through the traditional application process.

An interactive online “game” used to test different programming skills allows potential hires, and just curious web searchers, the opportunity to highlight their knowledge to get noticed and hopefully hired.

The game offers five categories including Andriod, Backend/API, IOS, JAVA, and Web UI. If you are already confused, you are not alone. The Tech industry at large believes the U.S. is lacking qualified candidates to meet the demand. This has spurred some leading companies to create coding boot camps, offering education to the under-served such as women and minorities.


Target’s approach to recruitment is unique and could be a glimmer into the future of competitive job searches. Below find amazing resources directly from Target’s recruitment site.

Interested in an Internship at Target?

Want an opportunity to gain relevant business experience while working with an innovative and industry-leading retailer? We offer Store Executive, Distribution, Pharmacy and Headquarters internship opportunities. You’ll gain valuable on-the-job experience, career development and leadership opportunities while getting an introduction to our collaborative, fun and engaging culture.

Here are some other great opportunities from Target for MBAs and Graduate degree holders:

  • Finance Leadership Development Program (FLDP)

    • Be part of two different Finance teams and get intense exposure to various business units. Act as a lead financial analyst and business partner for internal clients such as Merchandising, Capital Investment,, Property Development and Senior Management. Receive exclusive FLDP leadership development training.
  • Organizational Performance Improvement

    • Drive top initiatives of the company through project execution from definition to implementation. Gain broad exposure by partnering with senior leadership to identify and prioritize projects that align directly with Target´s strategic initiatives. Focus on leading high profile cross functional projects impacting the financials, guest experience and team member processes. Coach and mentor Team Members within a business pyramid using Target tools and resources.
  • Strategy

    • Work on a variety of top-priority corporate initiatives, such as exploring new business opportunities and growing existing businesses. The Strategy team works closely with key organizations across Target, including the Executive committee. Quickly establish rapport, credibility and trust with both peers and senior executives. Ideal candidates possess a consulting background and strong problem-solving, leadership, and communication skills. Quickly size up a problem, collaborate with Target team members to create a solution and make changes happen—all with the support of leadership.



Technology is Evil?

We’ve all seen the mean tweets, trolling YouTube comments, and Facebook cyber bullying. Its the mean spirited actions of a few negatively affecting our youth in the masses, desperately trying to convince each of them they don’t measure up. I could link to many videos and articles showcasing the mental and physical harm caused by these comments shared online, but I truly believe at this point it only sensationalizes the problem instead of offering a solution.

"Technology has exceeded our humanity"

Many of us spend our day engulfed in so much self-hate and worry that we miss the beauty in everyday life and the kindness shared between strangers. We long to fill a void and feel connected yet we distract ourselves with worldly pursuits while overlooking the things that bring us true joy. We trick ourselves into believing a fulfilling life is made of the perfect career choices, the people we surround ourselves with, or aiming for specific achievements.

Closer self-evaluation reveals these are just the moving parts. Each part facilitating moments, that when noticed, bring us opportunities to find purpose. Think of how differently we view the world through each new experience, it shapes our perception and brings joy to things that in and of themselves are meaningless.

The internet is being used by so many people to facilitate change and taking notice of the inherit goodness of man. It ranges from large organizations raising money for charitable causes to a beginner blogger hoping to affect positive change by sharing her perspective.

A tweet inspired this piece today.

Jarrett Sleeper, a cast member on The Fine Bros online sitcom called My Music, tweeted, “It’s nice seeing a stranger smile so genuinely looking at their phone after some little text just came in. Not all technology kills us.”

Its moments like this that bring true value in life. He noticed another human being’s joy, a stranger at that, and appreciated its beauty.

I felt compelled to respond to him, someone I’ve never met, because the human experience is something that connects us. We recognize it in others are we are drawn to it. It’s in these moments we feel full of hope rather than loneliness.

We have to keep a hold of that feeling. Its easy to become tainted with the stresses of life and the pursuit of things that hold no true value.

And the beauty in all this is technology, that evil thing often distancing us, is also bringing us closer together if we can just take notice.

Want to join a community of caring and aspirational people and make a difference? Contribute to the Project for Awesome Campaign by helping raise awareness or by making a donation.

Project for Awesome is a campaign organized by online creators to “Decrease World Suck” by raising awareness and funds to make a difference around the world. You can participate through a donation, spreading awareness for supported organizations, or sharing info about Project for Awesome. This is an organization I love!
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