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  • Retailers have to be strategic about approaching prospective tech hires, according to The Home Depot‘s head of global talent acquisition, Eric Schelling.
  • Schelling outlined his company’s tech-recruitment strategy at the National Retail Federation’s 2019 Big Show.
  • The exec said he and his team had to “show up differently” to better attract tech talent.

NEW YORK CITY — Impressing and recruiting tech professionals can prove to be tricky in the retail business, according to The Home Depot’s head of global talent acquisition, Eric Schelling. The key to success, he said, is showing prospects the kind of project they’ll get to work on, rather than just selling them on a business.

Speaking on a panel at the National Retail Federation’s 2019 Big Show in Manhattan on January 14, Schelling said his team would attend certain tech events as part of their push to hire 1,000 IT and technology professionals in 2018.

He said the reaction from tech workers and students was occasionally along the lines of, “Why is Home Depot here?”

“People who are studying technology at school or working for a tech company right now don’t necessarily think of Home Depot as a tech company,” Schelling said.

That’s despite that…