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Ace Hardware is a hardware store with over 4,000 retail locations in the United States. When most people hear “Ace Hardware,” they immediately hear the company’s jingle, Ace is the place with the helpful hardware folks. However, the store’s slogan is actually, “Ace – the helpful place.” If you plan on applying for Ace Hardware jobs, you might want to remember this! Today, we’re giving you tips and tricks to help you land the job plus more fun facts about this company.

What Ace Hardware Jobs Are Available?

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Available Ace Hardware jobs are varied, so there’s a good chance you’ll find one that is a good fit for you. At a high level, there are opportunities in retail, distribution and corporate.

Retail

Every Ace Hardware store is locally owned and operated. If you start out in a retail position, you can learn everything about the business and maybe own your own franchise one day. Ace is so successful because retail associates care about their customers and their community, going above and beyond to be helpful. Here are a few open Ace Hardware jobs in a retail capacity:

► Cashier

► Sales associate

► Hardware sales

► Sales associate – athletic sporting goods and shoes

► Small engine repair for STIHL products

► Merchandiser

► Sales associate – athletic sporting goods and shoes

► Small engine repair for STIHL products

► Merchandiser

Distribution

Ace Hardware also offers job opportunities at 15 retail support centers located throughout the United States. Innovative technology and a team environment allow Ace to offer the highest levels of service in the hardware industry. Here are a few open positions:

► Loss prevention officer

► Traffic coordinator

► Warehouse specialist

► CRM Analytics Analyst II

► District manager

► Inventory clerk

► Sales operations and training manager

Corporate

Finally, the Ace corporate team plays a critical role in supporting retailers through constant innovation. They pour hours into market research to help store owners implement the most effective strategies to improve store performance and continually support its community. From creative directors and warehouse managers to warehouse specialists, receptionists and CDL drivers, there are Ace Hardware corporate jobs throughout the country.


How Much Do Ace Hardware Jobs Pay?

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Ace Hardware jobs pay anywhere from minimum wage to over $100,000 per year. A fairly significant factor is location. Generally, in areas with a higher cost of living or a state minimum wage higher than the federal minimum wage, you’re likely to be paid more for the same job. Other factors that influence your pay include your relevant experience, years with the company and what your duties encompass. On average, here’s what you can expect in terms of pay:

Cashier

Most cashier positions at Ace Hardware offer part-time hours and start at minimum wage. Basic duties include operating cash registers, helping customers and keeping your work station clean and organized. If you can stand for several hours at a time, lift up to 50 pounds and maintain a sunny disposition, you may be a good fit.

You may also be asked to help stock the store. If you live in a state with federal minimum wage and prove yourself to be a valuable team member, you can expect to make between $10.67 and $18.20 an hour with full-time hours.

Sales Associates

Sales associates are friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable about Ace’s products and the layout of the store. Sell your sales skills during your interview. You may be asked to stock merchandise, keep the store clean and organized and help out cashiers when the store is busy. You may start out at minimum wage and part-time hours. However, if you come in with sales experience, you may be started at $10 to $11 an hour with full-time hours.

Management

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To apply for a managerial role at Ace Hardware, it’s advisable to have previous management experience in the hardware industry. However, Ace does hire qualified candidates with at least a Bachelor’s degree from a business college. Degrees that hold the most weight include operations management, small business management, and sales management.

If you are fresh out of college, you should expect your starting salary to be around $25,000 to $35,000 per year excluding benefits. Managers are primarily responsible for supervising the entry-level staff. They may also be required to hire and train new employees, track and report sales data and enforce company policies.

Store managers and assistant store managers are responsible for tracking inventory and placing orders when necessary. Are you thinking about a management position? Two things to keep in mind are that “entry-level” associates get promoted more often than the company hires externally, and that, if you succeed as a manger at Ace, you’ll have the experience to open your own store and set your own salary.


How Can I Ace My Interview?

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Puns aside, anyone wanting to apply for Ace Hardware Jobs also wants to know how to stand apart in their interview for all the right reasons. Before we teach you how to ace your interview, let’s look at some quick facts about Ace Hardware:

► Minimum age to work – 18

► Hours of operation – vary by location by typically 7:30 or 8 AM to 6 PM Monday through Saturday

► Printable application available 

Tips for Applying

Each Ace Hardware location houses several departments. If you want to work as a sales associate in a particular department, call the store or ask in person about current job opportunities. Ace also welcomes e-mails if that is preferable to you. Ace is known for advertising job opportunities at their customer service counters. For the best chance of speaking to the appropriate manager, we recommend calling during slower hours. This is typically between 8 and 11 and 2 and 4 on weekdays when most people are at work.

Application Status

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One of the great things about Ace Hardware jobs is the hiring process usually only takes around a week for entry-level jobs. If you’re looking for a career in management or a job outside a retail setting, the hiring process may last between two weeks and a month. Within a few days of submitting your application, you should expect an invitation to interview.

If it’s been two weeks since you’ve applied and you still haven’t heard anything, feel free to call the manager you interviewed with, shoot a quick e-mail or visit in person. Reiterate your desire to work for the company and ask for a time you can expect to hear back.

Interview Tips

Walk in to your interview no more than 15 minutes early. Managers are busy and they have to carefully carve the time out of your day to interview you. 

Appearance

If you’re applying to an entry-level position, wear business casual clothes. If you’re applying for a management position, opt for business professional. Remember, you want to dress better than the position you’re applying for.

Your hair should be neat, tattoos should be hidden and there should be no gaudy jewelry. Wait for a cashier to become available then introduce yourself in a clear, confident voice with a smile on your face. Let him or her know who you are supposed to interview with and when. Then stay out of the way until you meet your hiring manager.

Note Names

Take special care to remember who you interviewed with. Come prepared with a leather portfolio and working pen with questions you want to ask at the end of the interview. Ask for a business card so you can send a thank you e-mail after your interview. Don’t lose the business card. If you need to follow up about your status, you will have all the contact information you need.

Highlight Experience

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During your interview, you’ll be asked about relevant work experience. If you don’t have any, highlight extra-curriculars, such as the Treasurer of your high school’s Key Club or President of the debate team. Take notes on relevant accomplishments you have achieved so you can answer this question confidently during the interview.

Answer “Why”

You may also be asked why you want to work for Ace Hardware. Only you know why this company is a good fit for you. Here are some possible answers to the question:

  • Serve the community
  • Learn the hardware industry
  • Opportunity for personal and professional development
  • Regular donations to Children’s Miracle Network
  • Work with the American Red Cross
  • Company-sponsored charitable organization
  • 401(k) retirement plans
  • Tuition assistance
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Team environment
  • Customer service-oriented

The Bottom Line

If you’re thinking about Ace Hardware jobs, we recommend walking into your local store and asking about which positions are available. Sometimes, store managers are so busy they don’t take down a position online immediately after it is filled. Make sure you are well groomed and well dressed. The store manager will appreciate your initiative and remember you in your interviews.

Pay for Ace Hardware jobs range from minimum wage at part-time hours for entry-level positions to well over $100,000 per year plus benefits for CDL truck drivers and upwards of $80,000 per year for assistant store managers. A lot of the pay depends on how well your local store is doing. If you work hard, you may be promoted to assistant store manager, then manager, and finally own your own store. At this point you will have the freedom and flexibility to set your own salary.

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