But there's a silver lining to this week's mayhem. The Twin Cities community is stepping up to help those laid off find jobs, which many local recruiters say won't be hard for them to do.
That's because they're highly sought after. Target is mostly admired in the region, and its tough hiring process is known to pick out some of the best candidates, local recruiters told the Star Tribune and 12 News.
"We know Target hires a lot of great people," Terry Porter, who recruits for Buffalo Wild Wings, told 12 News. "... Target is one of those first companies we do look at in terms of trying to get them to work for our company."
Employers reaching out to ex-Target workers
Many companies are jumping at the chance to hire former Target employees – and recruiters say many job seekers are expected to have success early on in their search, reports note.
Employers have already reached out to some potential employees, the Star Tribune reports, while others are posting job opportunities on blogs aimed at ex-Target employees, as well as taking to social media to connect with prospective candidates.
KARE 11 is also encouraging employers to use the hashtag #MNJobSearch with their job listings to help people see what's out there.
Others offering help to job seekers
Other companies, organizations and a well-connected blogger are doing their part to help the former Target employees find jobs.
Sarah Edwards, who runs a popular blog in the Twin Cities, is using her connection to the community to help out, FOX 9 reports.
She's also posting profiles of companies that are hiring, and encouraging them to use the #NowThreadingTalent hashtag to help connect job seekers with new careers.
A former Target employee, who has looked through posts on the I AM MPLS Facebook page, told BringMeTheNews Thursday that she's overwhelmed with how nice people are being following the layoffs.
Job search tips
The Department of Employment and Economic Development is reaching out to laid off workers as well, FOX 9 says. DEED has several meetings to help job seekers, including a "get jobs job fair" scheduled for March 26.
And the University of St. Thomas is offering free programs to any new ex-Target employees in an attempt to "keep top talent in the communities in which we live and serve," the university's website says.
The programs include a career fair on March 18, degree program discounts and free executive education programs.
A local recruiter told WCCO people looking for jobs should have their resume and LinkedIn pages up-to-date because potential employers will be looking, and also be sure to attend networking events.
Karen Althen, a former Target employee who was part of massive layoffs at the retailer in 2009, gives tips and advice from her experience in a Business Journal editorial.