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Enter today for a chance to win a $100 Home Depot gift card!
Everyone remembers their first real job. Whether you were a waiter, worked in a grocery store or had a corporate internship, we bet you learned something.

The internship program at The Home Depot makes sure our associates learn too, as we focus on real-world skills, mentorship and leadership education. Because our goal isn’t just to teach one skill; it’s to help shape our future leaders.

Which brings us back to YOUR first job. Whether it was life changing or simply ordinary, there was a lesson to be learned from it.

Tell us how your first real job shaped you (and what you learned), and you could win a $100 Home Depot gift card!!

Steps to enter:
1. Follow @HomeDepotCareer
Follow us on Twitter
2. Send a tweet (must use the #FirstRealJob hashtag & mention @HomeDepotCareer)

Official Rules

The Home Depot Life Lessons Giveaway (“Giveaway”)


NO PURCHASE OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR ABILITY TO WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Giveaway entry period begins August 5, 2013 at 12:00:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) and ends August 14, 2013 at 11:59:59 P.M. EST (the “Giveaway Entry Period”). The clocks within the Giveaway official servers shall be the sole determinants of start and end times in the Giveaway.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: The Giveaway is sponsored by Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. (the "Sponsor") and administered by Bernard Hodes Group (the “Administrator”). By entering, you agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of the Sponsor relating to the Giveaway, which are final and binding in all respects. The Giveaway shall be governed by these Official Rules, the laws of the State of Georgia, and applicable U.S. federal law, without regard to any conflict of laws principles. The Giveaway is void where prohibited by law. The Giveaway is also governed by the Sponsor's Privacy Policy, though these Official Rules will govern any conflict between the Privacy Policy and these Official Rules.

ELIGIBILITY: The Giveaway is intended for participation by legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years of age and/or of the age of majority in their state of residence and have a valid e-mail address. You may not participate if you are not a legal U.S. resident and physically located within the U.S. at the time of entry. Sponsor’s employees that directly administer this Giveaway, and employees, officers, directors and agents of Administrator and each of its respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, sales representatives, distributors, retailers, advertising/promotion agencies including, without limitation, Brite Promotions and OfferPop (collectively, “Giveaway Parties”), and the immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, grandparents, siblings and their spouses) or household members of each are not eligible to enter this Giveaway or win a prize. Entrants must have Internet access as of the time of entry. Participation constitutes each entrant’s (“Entrant’s”) full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s and Administrator’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Giveaway. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.


One (1) Grand Prize winner will be awarded one (1) The Home Depot gift card (“Gift Card”) of $ 100.00;

One (1) First Place winner will be awarded one (1) Gift Card of $75.00;

One (1) Second Place winner will be awarded one (1) Gift Card of $50; and

Seventy-One (71) Third Place winners will each be awarded one (1) Gift Card of $25.00 (Total ARV of prize category: $1,775.00).


Gift Cards are subject to the terms and conditions of The Home Depot. All Prizes are non-transferable. No substitutions or cash redemptions, except by Sponsor in its sole discretion, in which case a prize of equal or greater retail value will be awarded in the event the substituted prize is not available. Each Prize winner will be required to supply Administrator with his/her social security number (submitted in a W-9 form, in Administrator’s discretion) and other information for tax reporting purposes, if applicable. The respective Prize winners will be solely responsible for payment of any and all applicable federal, state and local taxes and any other associated costs or fees related to a Prize.

HOW TO ENTER: You can enter the Giveaway during the Giveaway Entry Period by going to (the “Giveaway Twitter Page”), following the @homedepotcareer account, and sending a tweet (tweets must use the #FirstRealJob hashtag). You will then receive a direct tweet message containing a link. Click the link to go to the Giveaway registration page. Follow the instructions stated on the page, provide all of the requested information and complete your registration. Registration is a condition of entry and to be eligible to receive a prize. Entering this Giveaway requires you to have a Twitter account issued at As of the start of the Giveaway Entry Period, there is no charge for a Twitter account. Limit of one (1) entry per person and/or per Twitter account. All entries must be made by the end of the Giveaway Entry Period in order to participate. Sponsor and Administrator have no control over the data collection policies and practices of Twitter. Incomplete, inappropriate, unreadable, inaccurate, unintelligible, or late Entries or Entries which otherwise do not comply with these Official Rules will be disqualified.

This Giveaway is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Use of automated entry or similar devices to participate or subvert the entry process is prohibited and all entries through such devices are void. Your Entry constitutes your consent to participate in this Giveaway and your consent for Sponsor, Twitter or any technology provider (“Technology Provider”) to obtain and deliver your name, address and other information to Administrator for the purpose of administering this Giveaway and for other uses by Sponsor as permitted by these Official Rules and by applicable law. This Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter. You agree to be subject to Twitter’s privacy policies. Respondent further agrees that neither Sponsor nor Administrator is responsible, nor shall Sponsor provide notice to Respondent of any changes to the respective privacy policies of the abovementioned social media platforms. By submitting an Entry through those sites, you understand that you are submitting your information to Sponsor and not to Twitter.

GIVEAWAY DRAWING: Administrator is an independent judging entity whose decisions as to the administration and operation of the Giveaway and the selection of potential winners are final and binding in all matters related to the Giveaway. Administrator will randomly select the potential Giveaway winners from all eligible entries on or about August 21, 2013. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

VERIFICATION OF POTENTIAL WINNERS: All potential winners are subject to verification by Sponsor and/or Administrator. An Entrant is not a winner of any prize, even if the Giveaway should so indicate, unless and until Entrant’s eligibility, and the potential Giveaway winner have been verified and Entrant has been notified that verification is complete. Sponsor will not accept screen shots or other evidence of winning in lieu of its validation process. Any entry that occurs after the Giveaway system has failed for any reason is deemed a defective Entry, is void, and will not be honored.

WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION: The potential Giveaway Winners will be selected and notified via mail after the drawing. Receiving a prize is contingent upon compliance with these Official Rules. Only the potential Grand Prize Giveaway Winner will be notified by e-mail, to the email address provided upon registration for the Giveaway (“Prize Notification”) or other means of communication determined by Sponsor and must accept the prize within three (3) business days of notification and, if requested by Sponsor, must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release of Liability, Publicity Release (“Giveaway Documents”) within seven (7) days of receipt. In the event the Giveaway Documents are returned to the Sponsor as undeliverable or the Winner is determined to be ineligible in accordance with these Official Rules, the Prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner selected by random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries. No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor. Sponsor, Administrator, Twitter, the Technology Providers, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents and any other person or entity involved with the Giveaway and the Giveaway Parties (in the aggregate “Giveaway Entities”) are not responsible, and Sponsor may disqualify an Entrant, if the contact information, as applicable, is changed without notification to Sponsor. All prizes will be awarded provided they are properly claimed. However, in the event after Sponsor’s good faith efforts a prize is not able to be awarded, the unawarded prize will instead be retained by Sponsor for future prize awards. In the event more winner notifications are issued, or more winning prize claims are received than the number of prizes set forth in these Official Rules due to computer, printing, human or other error or problem, a random drawing will take place from among all eligible entries for the prize at issue (or from among all persons so notified) to award the proper number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules. Inclusion in such drawing shall be each Entrant’s sole and exclusive remedy under such circumstances. No more than the number of prizes stated in these Official Rules will be awarded. Gift card prizes will be fulfilled approximately 6-8 weeks after the conclusion of the Giveaway.

In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a winner, the winner will be deemed to be the person in whose name the e-mail account associated with the provided e-mail address is opened, at the time of registration.

Sponsor may terminate any Giveaway or decide to modify it in any manner that it deems fair and equitable to participants if it becomes aware of any occurrence that would materially affect the Giveaway’s security and fairness. Sponsor may prohibit individuals from participating in Giveaway and disqualify entries if they (1) attempt to enter the Giveaway through any means other than as described in these Official Rules, (2) attempt to disrupt the Giveaway or circumvent the terms and conditions of these Official Rules in any way, (3) submit entries with content that, in the sole opinion of Sponsor and/or Administrator, is in poor taste, lewd or otherwise inappropriate or (4) repeatedly show a disregard for the Giveaway Official Rules or act (a) in an unsportsmanlike manner, or (b) with an intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Entrant, Sponsor, Administrator or the other Giveaway Entities. In the event the Sponsor, Administrator or Giveaway Parties are prevented from continuing with this Giveaway (or part thereof) or the integrity and/or feasibility of the Giveaway (or part thereof) is undermined by any event including but not limited to fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute, or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, war (declared or undeclared), terrorist threat or activity, or any federal, state, provincial or local government law, order of regulation, order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within the Sponsor’s or Administrator’s or Giveaway Parties’ control (each a “Force Majeure” event) the Sponsor shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel or terminate the Giveaway without notice or further obligation. If the Sponsor, in its discretion, elects to abbreviate, cancel or terminate the Giveaway as a result of a Force Majeure event, the Sponsor reserves the right, but shall have no obligation, to award the prize from among all valid and eligible entries received up to the time of such Force Majeure event.

No aspect or statement in this Giveaway or its related promotional and marketing material is, nor shall by inference be, an offer of employment or engagement.

REPRESENTATIONS: By entering the Giveaway, each Entrant represents and warrants to the Sponsor that: (i) the Entrant meets all eligibility requirements of the Giveaway; (ii) the Entrant is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address provided to Sponsor; and (iii) in participating in the Giveaway, the Entrant has complied in all respects with these Official Rules, the Privacy Policy and all applicable statutes, orders, regulations, and other laws.

RELEASE: By entering the Giveaway, each Entrant releases and holds harmless Sponsor, Administrator, the Giveaway Parties, the prize manufacturers, Twitter, each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives from any and all damages, losses, liabilities, costs, or expenses of any kind arising out of or resulting from: (i) any violation by Entrant of these Official Rules; (ii) the Giveaway; (iii) the acceptance, possession, receipt, or use of any prize; (iv) any incorrect, incomplete, or garbled information caused by any technical or human error that may occur in the operation of the Giveaway, including without limitation printing or typographical errors in any Giveaway materials; (v) any problems or technical malfunctions (errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, or delays in operation or transmission) of any computer, telephone, modem, online system, server, or other communications equipment or provider; (vi) any failure of e-mail on account of Internet traffic congestion or otherwise (proof of transmission does not constitute proof of delivery); and (vii) any Entry, e-mail, or other material or correspondence that has been tampered with or that is stolen, misdirected, incomplete, lost, late, nonconforming, ineligible, or damaged.

MISCONDUCT: The Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any Entrant who (i) tampers with the entry process, the operation of the Giveaway or affiliated web sites; (ii) acts in an unsporting or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy or harass another person; or (iii) is otherwise in violation of these Official Rules or the Privacy Policy. Any attempt by an Entrant to commit any of the acts of misconduct set forth in this section may be a violation of civil and criminal law, and the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from such Entrant to the fullest extent permitted by law.

TERMINATION: The Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to suspend, modify, or terminate the Giveaway at any time. If, at any time, the Sponsor is unable to operate the Giveaway during anytime as planned (e.g., without limitation, due to administrative difficulties, or to fraud or technical failures such as a computer virus, bug, or other form of unauthorized intervention that corrupts the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Giveaway), the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, suspend, modify, or terminate the Giveaway. Should the Giveaway ever be terminated, the Sponsor will make alternate arrangements to award any prize offered.

USE OF INFORMATION: The personal information and the contents of the tweet that you provide in connection with the Giveaway may be used for Sponsor's internal purposes and to send you information about Sponsor’s products and special promotions. Entry constitutes permission to post winner’s name on websites and elsewhere and to use winner’s name, hometown and/or likeness and the contents of the tweet provided in the entry process for purposes of advertising and promotion without further compensation unless prohibited by law.

WINNERS LIST: To obtain a legally required disclosure of the names of winners, send a #10 stamped, self-addressed envelope to: The Home Depot “Life Lessons.” Giveaway Winners List Request, c/o Bernard Hodes Group, 3500 Lenox Rd, Atlanta, GA 30326. Request for a legally required disclosure of the winners must be made by no earlier than August 25, 2013 and no later than October 31, 2013.

MISCELLANEOUS: Any dispute between the Sponsor and an Entrant arising out of or relating to these Official Rules, the Giveaway, or any prize must be brought exclusively in the state or federal courts located in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Sponsor and each Entrant irrevocably waive any objection to the venue and jurisdiction of such courts. If any part of these Official Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or otherwise unenforceable, such part will be modified by such court to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable while preserving to the maximum extent possible the original intent of the Sponsor, and the remaining parts of these Official Rules will remain in full force and effect.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: These Official Rules and all Giveaway-related web pages and code are copyright of the Sponsor. Copying or unauthorized use of any copyrighted materials, trademarks, or any other intellectual property without the express written consent of the owner is strictly prohibited.

By participating in this Giveaway you agree to follow these rules. If you recognize any violation of these guidelines, or if you have any questions about our guidelines, terms, or policies, please let us know. Provide feedback or ask questions anytime:

SPONSOR: Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., 2455 Paces Ferry Road Atlanta GA 30339.

ADMINISTRATOR: Bernard Hodes Group, 3500 Lenox Rd, Atlanta, 30326.

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