2009 alumna Jennifer Watson
Jennifer Watson

Alumni Spotlight: Jennifer Watson & Dollar General

Jennifer Watson, 2009 Nashville charter corps member, shares experiences moving from teaching to her work at Dollar General in the private sector.
Friday, September 1, 2017

Name: Jennifer Watson

Corps Region & Year: 2009 Nashville Charter Corp

Current Role & Employer: Director, Field Human Resources at Dollar General

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Why Nashville?

When I joined Dollar General I started in Nashville. We then moved to Atlanta and Richmond and now I am back to join the team at the corporate office. Also, who doesn’t love Nashville!

Is your current work connected to the vision of achieving “One Day” in Nashville? If so, how? If not, how did you get into your current line of work?

The mission of Dollar General is “Serving Others”. I truly believe that we, as a company, help serve the communities that we support in the “One Day” mission. Not only are we there for them to purchase items but we also provide jobs for our students and their families. Every time, I fill a Store Manager role, I think to myself “How wonderful would this be for my students if their mom, dad, sister, cousin, etc. just got a salaried job!”

What are 3 things you learned in the Corps that you’d like to share with incoming corps members?

  • Seek to understand before being understood.
  • Embrace not knowing the right answer and ask your support team for help
  • Build relationships within TFA

One thing to do before leaving the Corps?

Search for jobs that fulfill your desire and passion to continue the TFA mission. If you would have told me I would end up in HR, I never would have believed you! That being said, I had the talent and just not the skills. Dollar General tapped into my skillset and taught me to be an HR professional. Don’t be afraid to find your passion and then figure out the path to get there.

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Come Grow With Us…

At Dollar General, you'll find a company that embraces substance and simplicity. Our mission is Serving Others.

For more than 75 years, we have served communities with convenient-sized stores to deliver everyday low prices on products that our customers use every day. We deliver a smarter, easier shopping solution accessible to more consumers. Our goal is to provide our customers and communities a better life and our employees with opportunity and a great working environment.

We are dedicated to improving the lives of our customers by making shopping simple and affordable. We are also committed to helping others better their own lives through community support, in particular literacy and education.

Company Highlights:

  • Ranked 128 on 2017 Fortune 500
  • 2017 Training Top 125- Ranked 8
  • 74 % corporate internal promotion rate
  • Competitive pay & benefits
  • Casual dress attire

At 14,000 stores and counting, we're growing fast and so can you! With hundreds of positions open every week and plenty of training opportunities, joining Dollar General is just the beginning of your best career yet.

If you want to start a new career path, please check out our openings here:  https://jobs-dollargeneral.icims.com/jobs/search?ss=1