How To Become a Team Lead

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Be proactive, willing to learn & stand out above the crowd. Also, getting support from your tl or etl. Partner with them & they can help.
Being in Ap, there alot of opps for you.
Good luck!
 
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Ask a TL or ETL to mentor you. Mentors are a great way to work on areas you may not be as strong in. Let them know you are interested in moving up and this is the first step you are taking to make that happen.

IMHO, you should ask one that has a strong relationship with their team, their leadership and their peers. (they don't have to be in your work center). A lot of times it also helps to choose a mentor that doesn't reflect your own personality, workstyle, etc. This way they can help you with things they are great at that you may not be. Be open to whatever feedback they give you.

A great work ethic and going above and beyond your core roles doesn't hurt any either :p

One last thing from the peanut gallery.. I've seen a lot of team members with great potential tank because they have a bad attitude (not saying you have one, just something to keep in mind). How you handle conflict, frustration and uncomfortable situations is key to making that step up.
 
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You have to show signs that you plan on staying at Target for a while. They won't make you a TL if you are going to be gone in a year.
 
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Are you at a high volume store or low volume?

Looking back I would only become a TL in a high volume store because it helps to have a team to manage and succeed.

I became a TL in 2005 after being a specialist for about 2 years. Once AE2008-2009 hit I determined being a team lead was the worst decision I made when I had no team to manage in a ULV store. Before 2008 I at least had a small team and more TLs to work with but not once the headcount got worse. I wish I would have just remained a specialist but now I know that would have ended with AE2010.
 

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Drinking heavily and a complete denial of reality is the first stage of wanting to become a TL, especially if you work at an ULV.

The starting pay is around $11.70 an hour, which is what I make as a team member right now.
 

FrontEndKnowItAll

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I gotta say though.... As an assistant at the moment and dealing with 75% of what a TL does and only getting a .50 raise for it I'll take the extra 2-3 dollars and do leadership statuses, schedules, corrective actions, coachings, interviews, business walks, contribution meetings, etc...

Especially since I already do "coachings", deal with schedule issues/concerns, business walks when TL is not there, and I do alot to organize our job fair application/interview process and am pretty sure that the TLs doing the interviews have it better than me!

So more money and make the duties that I do but am not paid to do my responsibility?? Doesn't seem too bad too me..
 
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but dont forget... with great power comes great responsibility... i.e. as an assistant, you screw up, you get coached. no biggie. as a team lead, you make the same mistake, if make too much money, pissed the wrong person off, etc., they'll use it to push you out the door. and you can be moved to any workcenter based on the whim of the stl. and you can be forced to resign/demote at the whim of the stl.
 

FrontEndKnowItAll

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but dont forget... with great power comes great responsibility... i.e. as an assistant, you screw up, you get coached. no biggie. as a team lead, you make the same mistake, if make too much money, pissed the wrong person off, etc., they'll use it to push you out the door. and you can be moved to any workcenter based on the whim of the stl. and you can be forced to resign/demote at the whim of the stl.
True... I guess I forgot about all that in my rant.. I have watched 3 very good TLs pushed out the door in the last couple of months!
 
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Definitely partner with your ETL(s) if you're interested in becoming a TL, that's what I did. In my case, I went from being a TM at a store with a good overnight process to being a TL at a store with a bad overnight process. It kinda sucked at first, but going to a bad store and making little improvements makes all the difference, slowly starting to stand out.
 
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I have been with Target 3 years now.. Started on Softlines and now Bakery for last year. I have practically run Bakery since we have not had an official TL for a 6 months as they tried to make due with one TL covering grocery and bakery. 6 months ago They had 4 open TL positions. I showed lot's of interest and I think my attitude and work ethic is great. I always go above and beyond doing my job I feel. I was not even given interview prep. I had no idea they even had it. When I went to HR they said my file said I refused prep. I was very upset. I did not get the TL position. I was told I lacked experience outside my department. So I asked HR and a friend of mine that is a TL in softline to mentor me which they said they would work on for me. I applied for another TL position at another store and I did not hear anything on it at all. I asked to have a meeting with the ETL and HR to just be proactive and see if there was anything I could do because I planned on making a career at Target.. In the meeting last month HR now informed me that it is now a Corporate Target policy that to be promoted to TL you have to have a college degree. All the TL job descriptions on Target's site says GED or HS diploma only. Most of the TL's at my store are not college graduates. I am very frustrated =(

I feel like I am not hearing the right information but when I called corporate they said I had to talk to my HR person.

Anyone else know if Target has this policy about only college graduates being TL.. I know ETL's need degrees but TL now?
 
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I know at my store all new team leads have to have a degree, there are some current ones that don't have degrees. They say it is because without a college degree there is no upward mobility.
I heard about this a few weeks ago, but I didn't know if it was true or not. I don't even know if it applied to me when I became TL back in July (I do have an Associates Degree though). Does it even matter what your major is, or what degree you have (Associates, Bachelors, etc.)? My old ETL told me that you can have a degree in basketmaking and you would still be considered for higher positions LOL.
 

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The need for a degree has been talked about back and forth since I've been around. Basically it boils down to this: You gotta shine no matter what to make it in Target, a degree can only make you shine brighter in their eyes. There is no "official" requirement that anyone has a degree to get a TL or higher position, but that fact is if you have one they see it as you already proving that you can apply yourself to something long term and working towards a goal. I can say with certainty though that our store has promoted TMs without any degrees, but they were definitely the exceptions.
 
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I don't know why Spot says you have to have a degree in order to move up the ranks in Target. I was a manager for 9 years outside of retail and I am very capable of being something other than a TM.

I know at my store all new team leads have to have a degree, there are some current ones that don't have degrees. They say it is because without a college degree there is no upward mobility.
 

FiFoMaster

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How to become a TL is simple.

Kiss ass to the point that your lips actually become brown.

Get buddy buddy with your superiors.

Use Target as a Highschool 2.0 (Jesus does this one annoy me)

Learn to disperse guilt onto others, it comes in handy.

Job done!

Now, you could be one of the many that actually work your ass off and will succeed through actual talent/determination. If so, i commend and respect you. Props if your store actually values that. Stores like that are few.
 

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...and once again, our store is doing stealth interviews for TL positions as I have NEVER seen these posted.
 

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Drinking heavily and a complete denial of reality is the first stage of wanting to become a TL, especially if you work at an ULV.

The starting pay is around $11.70 an hour, which is what I make as a team member right now.
Then I am well on my way there!
 
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Ok. Keep learning other workcenters & know best practice. Knock them flat by going beyond what they asked. Get sp's done on time, be proactive, drive sales & give great gs. It is suggested to read your core roles on workbench to make sure you are on track & a reference.
Good luck!
 

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Not sure about the policy, but I'm sure they wouldn't like it very much. That kind of attitude tends to lower everyone's morale. Also, they don't like profanity in the workplace.
 
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That advice I can work with! (I know my core roles backwards and forwards). Out of curiosity, though, is it prohibited in any way by company policy for my team lead to berate the company to me by saying Target doesn't give a f--- about me, target doesn't give a f--- about whether I do a good job, Target doesn't give a f--- about whether I work hard or not, and Target doesn't give a f--- about whether I want to advance in the company, that if they can find someone who will do my job cheaper, then they will (regardless of whether I am a strong performer)?
What's wrong with you?
 
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Unhappy tl. Don't let them or politics stop you It is suggested to follow bp, gs, & tasks assigned. Cool thing is you will be is that you will be, done guy or I can help you on that! Knock'in flat!
 
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Find a Tl in the building to developed you I'm developing someone outside of my work center because her Tl's wouldn't dot get discouraged it takes a long time depending on the stores situation. My stl likes to keep his strong leaders in the store People get pushed through fast when there's an opening but sit forever when theres not one.

Being a Tl isn't all bad it can be fun a job is what you make of it try your hardest think on your feet and keep your attitude positive and you'll go far in target and life.
 
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Find a Tl in the building to developed you I'm developing someone outside of my work center because her Tl's wouldn't dot get discouraged it takes a long time depending on the stores situation. My stl likes to keep his strong leaders in the store People get pushed through fast when there's an opening but sit forever when theres not one.

Being a Tl isn't all bad it can be fun a job is what you make of it try your hardest think on your feet and keep your attitude positive and you'll go far in target and life.
Also, there maybe another option. At my store, we have a few seasoned tm/trainers who can Help you with non-paperwork side of spot, mostly salesfloor stuff like planners, PDA's, guests & signing.
 
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How does one go about becoming a Team Lead at Targé?

Any info would be helpful!!!
Judging by your "Expect Less, Pay More" header and your "Target Sucks" avatar, you first should probably lose that attitude. Your peers pick up on it, and if they pick up on it, your chances are slim with your superiors.
 

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Find a Tl in the building to developed you I'm developing someone outside of my work center because her Tl's wouldn't dot get discouraged it takes a long time depending on the stores situation. My stl likes to keep his strong leaders in the store People get pushed through fast when there's an opening but sit forever when theres not one.

Being a Tl isn't all bad it can be fun a job is what you make of it try your hardest think on your feet and keep your attitude positive and you'll go far in target and life.
Exactly!
 
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Although I don't think everyone should need a college education to become a TL, I think it may be step in the right direction.

Target obviously wants etls with college degrees. Why not make these green college grads earn their etl position by learning the salesfloor operations for a year before they can become etls?

My biggest gripe with ALL the young etls I have seen come and go over the past 10 years is they have no clue of what it takes to Physically run a store. Most of the TL in my store run their butts off trying to keep up with all the responsibilities they have while the etls have coffee meetings all day and walk around in pairs with clipboards in their arms checking off things on myriad of various lists. They have very little interaction with the team like TLs do.
 
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Although I don't think everyone should need a college education to become a TL, I think it may be step in the right direction.

Target obviously wants etls with college degrees. Why not make these green college grads earn their etl position by learning the salesfloor operations for a year before they can become etls?

My biggest gripe with ALL the young etls I have seen come and go over the past 10 years is they have no clue of what it takes to Physically run a store. Most of the TL in my store run their butts off trying to keep up with all the responsibilities they have while the etls have coffee meetings all day and walk around in pairs with clipboards in their arms checking off things on myriad of various lists. They have very little interaction with the team like TLs do.
Unfortunately, I think it would be pretty tough to get college grads to agree to work for $15/hour. Even if there was a promise of moving into an ETL position with higher pay later on.
 
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Probably, but most of the ones we have now realize that they are only making $15 an hour once they figured out how much they would be making if they worked 12 hour days and got OT.....

In the last 6 years, we have only had 1 that lasted more than a year before going on "leave".
 
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Probably, but most of the ones we have now realize that they are only making $15 an hour once they figured out how much they would be making if they worked 12 hour days and got OT.....

In the last 6 years, we have only had 1 that lasted more than a year before going on "leave".
Good point. 56 hours/per week would be $50,000/year if there's OT pay.
 
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Wow, that HR that said you need a degree to be TL bold faced lied. While it is recommended, it is not neccessary, only real requirement is HS Diploma. Now ETL is another story...
 
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Although I don't think everyone should need a college education to become a TL, I think it may be step in the right direction.

Target obviously wants etls with college degrees. Why not make these green college grads earn their etl position by learning the salesfloor operations for a year before they can become etls?

My biggest gripe with ALL the young etls I have seen come and go over the past 10 years is they have no clue of what it takes to Physically run a store. Most of the TL in my store run their butts off trying to keep up with all the responsibilities they have while the etls have coffee meetings all day and walk around in pairs with clipboards in their arms checking off things on myriad of various lists. They have very little interaction with the team like TLs do.
Lol..... I think you need to realize that TL is not *that* big of a deal. I know, I was one for years.

What did I do differently from a TM? Not much. I still zoned, worked stray, etc.

IMO, the main difference between a TL and TM is accountability..... not "authority".

What do I mean for that? TLs own departments. That means you are accountable if anything goes wrong. For example, lets say I was on vacation for a week. While I was gone, toys goes completely to ****. I had nothing to do with it - I was off. Think that matters? Nope. The second I clock in, an ETL would be on my ass about it.... and if I didn't fix whatever the issues were, even if I had nothing to do with causing them, my ass was getting written up.

Now, if you are a TM, does that happen? Hell no. TMs are accountable for nothing unless *they directly cause* the problem. If you walk in the door as a TM, is an ETL going to be on your ass about domestics when you haven't worked in domestics for a whole week? Absolutely not.

That - IMO - is the key difference between a TM and a TL. TL's are forced to worry about specific parts of the store no matter what. There is basically no excuse. If your department has issues, your ass is on the line even if you had nothing to do with causing the problems. As a TM, you basically are accountable for nothing that you didn't cause to be wrong in the first place.

As far as authority goes? TLs have a few token "powers". Yea, we could tell TMs to go work on a task.... but honestly, that was about it. Everything else we had to partner with an ETL with when it came to "authority" for the most part.

IMO - this definitely does not warrant requiring a 4 year degree for TLs. That is a complete joke. Now, if Target gave TLs actual authority - like, for example, the ability to terminate a TMs employment - then *that* would warrant needing a degree. Why? Because a TL that screws up (i.e. fires someone with a racial reason) is risking the entire business. Obviously, you want someone educated who likely is going to know better than doing something stupid like that. As it stands right now, TLs are really not in a position to do much damage to the company as a whole.

Also - no one with a 4 year degree is going to work for the pay/benefits a TL has. Absolutely no one.
 
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