Sears Job Application Guide

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About Sears


Retail, Department Store




Chicago, IL

Number of stores:



$22.93 billion (2010)


Louis D'Ambrosio


If you want to see how your job at Sears might evolve into a long and fulfilling career, be sure to check out their Career Path Finder at This is a great tool provided by the company that demonstrates the paths you can take to move up through the ranks.

How to Apply For a Job at Sears


You can search and apply for a Sears jobs straight from StartWire. By doing so, we’ll be able to directly track your applications. This means you’ll be able to see when it’s been read and if you’re still being considered for the position. Apply now

Apply Online

If you prefer, you can apply directly through Sears’ hiring website (you can still track your application status through StartWire). With that said, here are a few notes to keep in mind before you apply:

Note 1: You can only apply to one job at a time through Sears’ online application system.

Note 2: Make sure that you apply to only one Sears store. If you submit an application to one store today and another store tomorrow, your application will be removed from the first store that you applied to – only the most recent one will be considered.


All Sears locations contain computer kiosks that you can use to fill out your online job application. Filling out the application in the store will not give you any special advantages, but it’s still a great option if you don’t have a computer or a reliable internet connection.

The Sears Application Process

The Sears application is pretty lengthy, and will take most people at least 45 minutes to complete.
The application begins with an informational section where you will need to provide your employment and education history. If you have a Facebook, LinkedIn, or MySpace account, you can speed this part up by linking your account – Sears will take some of your personal information and pre-populate the fields for you.

After you complete the informational section, you will have to complete a 30 minute assessment that Sears uses to determine if you’re a good match for their company.


The assessment includes questions about your background and work experiences (do you prefer to work by yourself or as a team?), as well as hypothetical questions to help them understand how you would react to certain situations and the types of decisions you would make on the job (for example, what would you do if lines were getting backed up and customers were getting angry?).

Of course, you should answer the questions honestly – but don’t shy away from being strong in your convictions. Strongly agreeing or strongly disagreeing with the statements provided will give you a much better chance of success than providing a neutral answer.

How long does Sears keep your application on file?

Applications are held for 60 days. If you want to be considered for a position after that 60 day period, you will need to submit a new application.

Drug Test

During the application process, you must give Sears permission to conduct a pre-employment drug screening. Employment is contingent upon successfully passing the screening.

Background Check

In addition to the drug test, Sears requires your permission to conduct a background check. Any job offers made to you are contingent upon passing the background check.

How to Get Updates on Your Sears Application

If you use StartWire to apply for or manage your Sears application, we’ll provide you with updates on your application (including when it’s read or if you’re still in consideration for the position). Sign up now

Who is Sears Hiring?

Jobs available at Sears

Sears stores are always hiring cashiers, automotive technicians, sales associates, merchandisers, loss prevention associates, receiving associates, photographers, and managers.

There are many opportunities available in their corporate headquarters, as well. Whether want to work in design, writing, sales, customer service, business development, accounting, HR, engineering, or web development, there are positions available at Sears that just might be a good fit for you. Search jobs

Types of people Sears wants to hire

Sears wants honest, hardworking, and dependable people to join their team. While you’re taking the assessment, be sure to take advantage of any opportunities to demonstrate your strengths in those areas.

Age requirements

You have to be at least 16 years old to get most jobs in Sears stores. However, you will need to be 18 to get a position in the automotive center, or one where operating heavy equipment or lifting heavy objects is required (a warehouse associate, for example).

Business Summary


Sears, Roebuck & Co. was founded by Richard Warren Sears and Alvah Curtis Roebuck. Today, Louis D’Ambrosio is the President and CEO, and Edward Lampert is the Chairman.


In 2010, Sears, Roebuck & Co. earned $22.9 billion in revenue.


Richard Warren Sears was an agent at a railroad station when he had the opportunity to buy a shipment of watches from a local jeweler. He was quickly able to sell the watches to his fellow agents for a profit, and immediately ordered more. Before long, he started using mail order catalogs to sell watches, and continued to make a profit.

He then moved to Chicago and partnered with Alvah C. Roebuck. Within 6 years, the Sears catalog had expanded to include items like sewing machines, sporting goods, bicycles, farming supplies, and kitchen appliances.

For more than 30 years, Sears operated as a catalog only. It wasn’t until 1925 that the first retail store opened (in Chicago). Initially, most of their stores were based in urban environment. But as cities began to grow out into the suburbs, they moved most of their new locations into suburban shopping malls.
By the early 1980s, Sears was the largest retailer in the United States. However, they wouldn’t remain on the top for long. The catalog business was dying, and in 1993 the Sears catalog was shut down completely. In 2005, the company was bought out by Kmart.

Today, there are more than 2,200 Sears locations across the United States.


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