Dollar General is a nationwide chain that can perhaps be best described as a small scale version of Wal-Mart (there is no connection between the two though.) The stores sell all kinds of general merchandise and are usually located in communities that are a little too small for a Wal-Mart or Kmart to be located in them.
These days there are more than 10,000 Dollar General stores locate in forty different U.S states. Some have expanded to carry a more extensive range of groceries, and those stores are known as Dollar General Markets.
Dollar General is not a $1.00 store in the way that the likes of Dollar Tree are, but they do sell most of their merchandise at prices that are considerably lower than many other similar stores.
Who Can Get a Job at Dollar General
The vast majority of the potions available with Dollar General are in store staff or distribution center staff, although there are some corporate opportunities occasionally available at the company’s headquarters in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.
Here is a little about some of the most commonly offered options:
Store Clerk – In order to work as an entry level store clerk an applicant must be 18 years of age or older and hold either a high school diploma or a GED and is willing to undergo (an be able to pass) a background check.
Basic duties include running the cash register, assisting customers in locating merchandise and stocking shelves. Employees are paid at an hourly rate that usually is closely in line with minimum wage. More Info
Store and District Managers – Dollar General employ both a manager assigned to each specific store as well as a district manager who ultimately oversees a number of stores located within a certain geographic area. Often these positions are given to store staff by way of promotion, but sometimes the company will hire an ‘outsider’ if they have relevant management experience.
Distribution Center Staff and Drivers – Like many large retail chains, Dollar General own and maintain their own distribution centers. This means that there are career opportunities for pickers, packers, warehouse supervisors and delivery drivers. More Info
Completing the Dollar General Online Application the Right Way
The preferred way for an applicant for any position is to complete the online Dollar General application at the company’s corporate web portal. In some rural areas stores will however still accept a paper application.
Usually Dollar General only accepts applications for employment when they do have an open position at a location. An online search on the company’s website will give you that information right away and offer you the chance to begin completing the application if there is an opening available that matched your interests and skills.
Applying for any position at Dollar General does involve providing rather a lot of information and it will take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete, so making sure that you have plenty of time – during which you will not be interrupted – is a must.
Answer every query as honestly as possible and do not be tempted to embellish. Dollar General do perform an extensive background check that verifies all the information you provide, and any differences between what you submit and what the background check company reports may result in you no longer being considered for employment.
The Benefits of Working at Dollar General
All full-time, regular Dollar General employees are entitled to a comprehensive benefits package such as: Retirement and Financial Security Benefits, Health Benefits, Flexible Spending Accounts, Wellness Programs, Health Risk Assessments (HRA) and much more.
To read more about the Dollar General benefits click here
Interesting Facts about Dollar General You Might Want To Know
The company’s generic branded goods are sold under the DG label. DG stands for literally for the companies initials, and yet they had to go through a legal case with Dolce and Gabanna in order to use the name, as the fashion house also sells clothing under a ‘DG’ brand. Dollar General, perhaps surprisingly, won out though.
Dollar General is heavily involved in the world of NASCAR. They are the primary sponsor for both the Joe Gibbs Racing team and the Sarah Fisher team and have, on occasion, also sponsored Kyle Busch.
Dollar General have been promoting and funding literacy programs across the country since the late 1960s. The formal Dollar General Literacy Foundation was set up in 1993 and offers a great many community services including free GED classes and Adult Literacy classes, also offered at no charge. The foundation also provides community grants for volunteer organizations and for local libraries.