The holiday hiring season is well underway. According to employment services firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, seasonal employment is expected to be flat or even slightly lower than last year. But retailers are hiring in anticipation of strong online sales, especially for curbside delivery in stores and behind-the-scenes roles like transit and warehousing. Some retailers, like Cabela’s and Nordstrom, already have held job fairs for seasonal workers; others, like Amazon and Target, are actively hiring online. For some extra holiday cash or even a leg up on permanent employment, we’ve rounded up some of the most notable places to put in a resume. And once you're ready to do some holiday shopping of your own, check out our list of 100 Christmas Gifts for $25 or Less
Target is hiring a whopping 125,000 seasonal workers at stores, and another 8,000 for positions at distribution and fulfillment centers. That's a small boost over last year, when it hired for about 120,000 seasonal jobs. Positions run the gamut from logistics to cashiers to food service. Target has also boosted its minimum wage, with workers now earning at least $13 an hour.
As online shopping continues to make inroads, it's no surprise Amazon needs a small army of helpers this holiday season. Seasonal positions pay $15 to $25 per hour, and the company is hiring in its warehouses and delivery centers, as well as Whole Foods stores.
UPS needs 100,000 full- and part-time workers for the holidays, about the same as last year. If you'd like a long-term gig, take note: The company has made about a third of its seasonal hires permanent in the past few years.
Kohl's is hiring seasonal workers to fill jobs at 1,100 stores, nine distribution centers, five order-fulfillment centers, and credit centers across the country. The retailer also touts an employee discount, special Associate Shop days, and the opportunity for permanent employment after the holidays.
Macy's will boost its holiday ranks by 80,000 workers, about the same as last year. Workers are needed in stores as well as at call centers and order fulfillment centers. Seasonal workers will also be eligible for bonuses if the department-store giant hits its sales goals.
Gap / Banana Republic / Old Navy / Athleta
Earlier this fall, Gap announced that it would hire 5,000 seasonal workers to support its holiday retail operation. Positions will run the gamut, from sales-floor associates to call-center and distribution-center workers. The hires get the same 50 percent discount as non-seasonal workers.
FedEx plans to hire around 55,000 drivers, package handlers, and other temporary workers this holiday season. Major package-handling locations include Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Portland, Oregon; and Woodbridge, New Jersey, among others.
JCPenney is adding an unspecified number of holiday workers online for everything from cashier jobs to beauty consultants at the chain's in-store Sephora cosmetics centers.
High-end department store Nordstrom held a big seasonal job fair on Oct. 25, but they're still advertising seasonal jobs on their website. Positions at close to 380 Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores across the United States and Canada are listed, as well as jobs at call centers and distribution and fulfillment centers.
American Eagle Outfitters / Aerie
Clothing chain American Eagle says it plans to hire 10,000 seasonal workers this year (fewer than half the number they hired last year) to help with the holiday rush at its primarily mall-based American Eagle and Aerie stores. Workers can take advantage of a 40 percent employee discount and are also eligible for "special contests, giveaways, and prizes."
Radial might not be a household name, but some of its ecommerce clients are, including Adidas, Dick's Sporting Goods, Hallmark, and PetSmart. As of Oct. 25, the company has announced plans to hire more than 15,000 people (with more positions expected) at more than 31 order-fulfillment and customer-service centers across the country.
Craft-store giant Michaels will be adding 15,000 seasonal workers at more than 1,200 stores across the country, about the same as last year. For workers hoping to stick around, chances are good: The company says it funneled more than a third of its seasonal hires last year into permanent roles.
1-800-Flowers needs around temporary workers mostly in Illinois, Ohio, and Oregon to lend a hand during its seasonal rush, the same amount as last year. Some of those jobs will be with other brands the flower giant owns: Harry & David, Cheryl's Cookies, and The Popcorn Factory. Jobs include production, gift assembly, retail, distribution and fulfillment, and call-center help.
Bass Pro Shops / Cabela's
Jobs run the gamut from positions at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s stores across the country to various roles at the company’s restaurants, contact centers, distribution centers, and boat dealerships. Although their big seasonal hiring fair was held Oct. 17, positions are still available. Qualified candidates may be able to stay on as full-time employees.
Dick's Sporting Goods
Dick's hopes to sign up at least 8,000 seasonal workers to handle the holiday rush. It touts an employee discount of up to 25 percent and "competitive wages."
It's unclear how many workers Burlington will be hiring this season, but the discount retailer has posted several hundred seasonal openings at stores across the country. Jobs run the gamut from cashiers and department-specific store associates to stockroom help.
Though tech-retail giant Best Buy hasn't given a firm number, it has posted plenty of seasonal jobs on its website for positions at its stores and distribution centers this year. In past years, the company has said that about 30 percent of its temporary hires go on to full-time jobs with the chain.
All those yummy holiday gift baskets don't make and sell themselves, so Hickory Farm needs a few hundred seasonal associates to help out. Positions are available in retail stores and assembly and distribution centers.
If you head to Walmart’s career site looking for a seasonal job, you might be out of luck. For the fourth straight year, the nation’s largest private employer is bucking the trend of hiring extra help. Instead of recruiting thousands of new workers, Walmart will be offering additional hours to current associates who want to pocket some extra cash during the holidays.
Sears / Kmart
These familiar retailers have been closing stores left and right, but both Sears and Kmart have announced plans to hire temporary staff this holiday season. There are opportunities for some of these positions to go full-time, and all seasonal workers enjoy in-store employee discounts.
Other Retailers Hiring Seasonal Help
Some companies don’t go to great lengths to advertise the fact that they, too, need seasonal workers. But you can find temporary positions if you scour the job openings carefully on their websites or check in person at local stores. Among retailers we consulted, the Apple Store, Dollar General, GameStop, Kroger, Office Depot, Sephora, and Staples all have seasonal positions posted online.
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