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Great talent makes good business and for over 100 years, this has been true for Sears brands. At Sears Holdings Corporation, it is about opportunity, opportunity for your talent to be recognized and to grow. Sears Holdings is committed to improving the lives of our customers by providing quality services, products, and solutions that earn their trust and build lifelong relationships. Our associates are at the heart of our company and we value teamwork, integrity, and positive energy. Sears Holdings has opportunities for you whether you are an experienced professional, have been called to serve or recently discharged from the military, a recent college graduate, a student looking for an internship, or searching for an entry level position. Join our team of dedicated, talented associates and build an exciting career with Sears Holdings, an American tradition.


Diversity

We have taken steps to build awareness of the importance of diversity to a point where diversity is considered "business as usual" - accepted and expected. Diversity is embedded in our culture and expressed through Our Vision, Our Mission, Our Pace and Our Values. We value diverse people. Our formula for success is sharing ideas, communicating honestly and respecting each other.

Everything that we do starts and ends with the customer. Our customer base is becoming increasingly diverse and we are working to gain allegiance from all segments of the population. As such, we want to be representative of America's rich diversity of culture, people and ideas.

We want diverse people who bring ideas, experiences and talent that will help us achieve the Five Key Pillars of Our Strategy. We want our company to reflect the diversity that is uniquely American. Our leaders do and will represent our diverse customer base. We will work to ensure that there are no artificial barriers that limit our associates from attaining their goals and dreams working in our company.

Our Five Pillars of Diversity include a focus on our customers, our associates, our shareholders, our company and our community.

Diversity Principles
  • Diversity is a business imperative
  • Everyone is accountable for embracing our culture
  • Diversity is demonstrated by:
    • Our senior leaders' attitude and actions
    • Our message to and interactions with our customers
    • The vendors with whom we conduct business
    • Attracting, hiring, and retaining the best talent
    • Recognizing, promoting, and rewarding associates who deliver superior results
    • Embracing diverse people, ideas, and experience
Our Promise to You

We pride ourselves on being an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate in any aspect of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, ancestry, pregnancy, ethnicity, or any other legally protected status in accordance with the requirements of federal, state and local law. We will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant or employee with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business.

If you have any questions, please send an email to diversity@searshc.com


Our Culture

We understand that a strong culture is the heartbeat of every corporation and a key to success. Our culture is driven by the five key pillars of our strategy. These five key pillars sharpen our vision and clearly define what it will take to achieve it.

The Five Key Pillars of Our Strategy
  1. Creating lasting relationships with customers by empowering them to manage their lives
  2. Attaining best in class productivity and efficiency
  3. Building our brands
  4. Reinventing the company continuously through technology and innovation
  5. Reinforcing "The SHC Way" by living our values every day
Our Vision
We are committed to improving the lives of our customers by providing quality services, products and solutions that earn their trust and build lifetime relationships.

Our Mission
  • Build customer relationships
  • Make more money
  • Improve every day
How We Lead
  • Focus on the customer
  • Build and align teams
  • Know how to make money
Our Pace
  • Fast
  • Effective
  • Focused
How We Work Together
  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Coaching for execution
  • Positive energy
  • Recognition through results

Associate Networks

We support associate networks that reinforce the inclusiveness of all associates and customers. We understand that diversity is a key business imperative -- one supported by the goals and activities of the associate networks.

We have eleven Associate Networks that support our business priorities and leverage individual and collective strengths to drive sales, meet diverse customer needs and help attract, develop and retain diverse talent. The networks have moved from traditional affinity groups to becoming business partners as well as maintaining support for their associate members.

Additionally, associate networks are:
  • Voluntary, non-profit groups, open to all associates, formed by associates who share common interests, goals and issues.
  • Groups that dialogue on strategies to enhance their professional and personal growth.
  • Resources to our business on serving the constituency they represent from customer, associate and community standpoints.
The role of the associate networks is to enhance our talent acquisition and talent management functions that focus on professional development, networking and cultural awareness.

We are proud to support these associate networks:
African American Network
Asian Network
Associate Gospel Choir Network
Associate Military Support Network
Emerging Professionals Network
GLAS Network
Green Associate Network
Latino Resource Group
Parents @ Work Network
Women in Leadership Development


African American Network

Vision Sears Holdings African American Network is dedicated to building relationships with its members and communities; by suggesting relevant products, services, and marketing techniques that will enable us to gain the trust needed to develop lifetime relationships with diverse consumers.

Mission
  • Build relationships with communities
  • Increase Targeted Marketing Efforts
  • Provide resources for employees to improve everyday
Committee Information

Social & Community Outreach Committee
Responsible for developing ideas that will enable Sears Holdings to be more relevant to the African American community. By implementing plans that will enable us to participate in community service, external professional organizations and networking with other corporate networks.

Career Development & Business Issues Committee
It is the goal of this committee to share the Sears Holdings story with people we think would help our company realize our mission by highlighting the available career paths throughout our organization. We understand that not only do we need to get the right people on the "bus, but we need to ensure their in the right seats".

Strategic Leadership Team
Evaluate ideas and recommendations for feasibility and overall contribution toward the AAN's mission and vision by implementing innovative systems of analysis. This process ensures that the AAN remains an integral part of SHC's progression.


Asian Network

About Us
ANET was started in 1999 to fulfill the need of a communication channel for the growing community of Asian associates at Sears Holdings. The main goal of ANET since then has been to provide a two-way channel between Sears Holdings and its diverse associates. We want to provide networking opportunities, mentoring, and assistance in every way to new and existing associates. We also want to assist leaders at Sears Holdings in understanding Asian business practices and cultures. In today's age of globalization, it is very important for all of us to build and align diverse teams.

Our Mission
ANET's mission is to fully support Sears Holdings in creating a compelling place to work, invest, shop, and to promote professional and personal development for the mutual success of the company and its associates.

Our Goals
  • Encourage professional development, recognition, mentoring and hiring of diverse associates.
  • Assist associates in resolving any work-related issues/concerns.
  • Provide resources to the company leaders in order to improve everyday and to help achieve Sears Holdings key business imperatives.

Gospel Choir

About Us
The Sears Holdings Associate Gospel Choir (SHAGC) is made up of a diverse group of hourly and salaried associates and managers. First started in November of 1996, the choir members volunteer their time and talent to perform at various Chicago-area events. The SHAGC has performed on two nationally televised Sears' commercials and at various grand openings of Sears' flagship stores in the Chicago land area. The choir has also performed in Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Memphis, St. Louis, Washington DC and at various Sears' stores, Sears' accounting and distribution centers and now Kmart stores. They have represented the company at the NAACP & Black Caucus, received numerous awards and have appeared many times in various newspapers.

Our Mission
The mission of the Sears Holdings Associate Gospel Choir is to communicate a venerated message through Gospel music.

Community Outreach
The Sears Holdings Associate Gospel Choir incorporates community outreach within its workplace efforts. The choir performed its first "Coats for Kids" concert, a fundraising event to purchase new winter coats for low-income children in Greater Chicago, in 1996. And when the SHAGC recorded the debut CD "Songs of Celebration" in 2001, the choir donated $15,000 to Coats for Kids through proceeds of the CD.


Associate Military Support Network

Our Mission
The Associate Military Network is an enterprise-wide network committed to recognizing, valuing and leveraging the strengths and capabilities of associates with military experience in order to enhance the culture, continued growth and success of Sears Holdings Corporation.

Strategic Committees
  • Recruitment and Retention: Establish clear partnerships with Human Resources Representatives nationwide to assist with recruiting efforts and develop strategies to retain the best people.
  • Mentorship and Coaching: To create a relevant, credible forum for building relationships that enhance personal and professional growth and an environment in which military hires can reach out and support one another.
  • Community Enhancement: To enhance our communities by providing support and resources targeted to military persons and families who can benefit from our knowledge and experience.

Emerging Professionals Network

The purpose of the Emerging Professionals Network (EPN) is to provide an outlet for associate development activities designed to engage and introduce emerging professionals at SHC to networking, developmental, and service opportunities.

The goals of EPN are:
  • Attract, engage, and retain the professional audience and initiate their involvement in SHC culture and the broader Chicagoland community.
  • Provide a forum to interact socially, exchange ideas, and share common interests while developing a network with equally ambitious peers.
  • Growth and professional development.
  • Cultivate the interests and innovative ideas of emerging professional members to develop future leaders of SHC.

GLAS Network

Our Mission
To provide and promote an environment where gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender...
  • Associates are recognized partners and contributors in the Sears Holdings Corp. Diverse high performance culture.
  • Customers become a recognized and important segment in the Sears Holdings Corp. customer relationship management marketing strategy.
  • Communities recognize Sears Holdings Corp. as a valuable resource and a truly inclusive environment.
Our Vision
Create an open and supportive work environment that respects and values each gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender associate, allowing them to contribute fully to the success of Sears Holdings Corp.

Objectives
  • Work with HR to identify ways to incorporate disabled and GLBT associates into minority tracking incentives for Sears Holdings leadership.
  • Establish a relationship with Sears University to be a partner in updating diversity training to more accurately portray GLBT prejudices and issues.
  • Work with Multicultural Marketing to develop a targeted marketing test to a segment of the GLBT consumer community.

Green Network

About Us
The Green Network was started in the Fall of 2008 by a group of associates passionate about helping Sears Holdings drive its green initiatives both at a local and national level. The Green Network has also partnered with our Corporate Sustainability team to help provide innovative ideas and solutions.

Our Mission
To increase awareness through education of the growing concerns tied to sustainability issues, create a sense of responsibility to all associates and develop solutions to bring about change while driving improved positive customer perceptions of Sears Holdings and its employees.


Latino Resource Group

Our Mission
To support Sears Holdings in building a diverse high performance team capable of driving profitable growth.

Did you know ...

42.7 million
The estimated Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2005, making people of Hispanic origin the nation's largest ethnic or race minority. Hispanics constituted 14% of the nation's total population. (This estimate does not include the 3.9 million residents of Puerto Rico.)1

7.6 million
The number of Hispanic citizens who reported voting in the 2004 presidential election. The percentage of Hispanic citizens voting about 47% did not change from four years earlier.1

64%
The percentage of Hispanic-origin people in households in the U.S. who are of Mexican background. Another approximately 10% are of Puerto Rican background, with about 3% each of Cuban, Salvadoran and Dominican origins. The remainder are of some other Central American, South American or other Hispanic or Latino origins.1

19
Number of states in which Hispanics are the largest race or ethnic minority group.1

Renegade, mosquito, mustang...
English uses many words with Spanish origins. In fact, some scholars say Spanish has contributed 10,000 words to English.

1Factmoster.com: Hispanic Americans By the Numbers. U.S. Census Bureau.


Parents at Work Network

Mission
Our mission is to support working parents by providing a forum for discussion, the dissemination of information and education regarding the issues they face in caring for their children and/or elderly parents while providing an opportunity to partner with Sears Holdings Corporation to drive family-oriented solutions to better serve our associates and our customers.

Vision
The Parent at Work Network vision is to connect SHC's working parents and those interested in topics related to parenting with each other in order to share best practices, resources, ideas, referrals, information and sometimes, just stories, to provide peer support. And to serve as a resource to members on key topics of interest and provide membership feedback to SHC on key business imperatives impacting parents.


Women in Leadership Development

The purpose of the Women's Network is to bring meaningful input to the corporation by channeling the unique attributes and perspectives of all Sears Holdings Corporation women. As the target customer, our voices and insights have the ability to add commercial value to selecting and marketing of product. Furthermore, we can enhance recruiting, retaining, mentoring and developing associates through network leadership opportunities.

Priorities
  1. Educate senior management about the role women play/could play at Sears Holdings
  2. Create an environment/activities/processes/ tools that help women in their career development
  3. Leverage the women of Sears Holdings to further develop customer insight and enhance our position in the marketplace
Benefits of joining the Women's Network:
  • A platform for leadership, and visibility for its members.
  • A forum for sharing career development information.
  • A resource for business development.
  • A forum to share your thoughts on products, marketing, and program development within various Sears Holdings businesses
  • An opportunity to participate in information mentoring relationships. Where associates give each other guidance needed for optimal personal and professional growth.
  • Ways to partner with recruitment to attract and retail valuable associates.
Committees

All Network Initiatives/Corporate Enhancement Committee Description
Recommend and execute initiatives that will support the Network's Strategic Objective to be a relevant, credible sought-after voice on women's concerns, insights and consumer perspectives for the corporation. Recommend and execute initiatives that will support Sears Holdings Diversity Networks' Strategic Objective to enhance our organization by providing support and resources to associates who can benefit from our knowledge and experiences.

Mentoring/Networking Committee Description
Recommend and execute initiatives that will support the Network's Strategic Objective to create a relevant, credible forum for building relationships that enhance personal and professional growth and an environment in which women can reach out and support one another.

Events Committee Description
Recommend and execute events that will support the Network's Strategic Objective to foster a sense of sisterhood across the network through activities associated with career development and social growth.


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