Looking for Work? These Employers Are Hiring for the Holidays
Last year, industries filled more than 868,000 seasonal jobs, the bulk of them announced in September and October before the holiday retail rush, according to employment services firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Despite a rash of high-profile store closings, this will be another robust hiring season, the firm forecasts. For some holiday extra cash or even a leg up on permanent employment, here are 17 places to put in a resume.
As online shopping continues to make inroads, it's no surprise Amazon needs a small army of helpers this holiday season. There are 120,000 seasonal positions across the United States, about the same as last year, mainly at its order fulfillment centers. "Thousands" of the roles became full-time gigs last year, Amazon says.
Radial might not be a household name, but some of its ecommerce clients are, including Adidas, Dick's Sporting Goods, Hallmark, PetSmart, and Walgreens. This year, the company wants 27,000 holiday workers to fill jobs at more than 30 order fulfillment and customer service centers across the country, up 7,000 from last year.
Toys R Us hasn't announced how many positions it will hire nationwide this year, but says specific needs include roughly 13,000 workers in several large markets, an Ohio fulfillment center, and work-from-home positions. Bankruptcy plans may be having an effect: Last year, the company needed 40,000 workers.
Bon-Ton, which operates several department stores -- including its namesake stores, as well as Herberger's, Younkers, and Elder-Beerman, will hire 10,000 seasonal workers this year, down from 13,000 last year. Jobs are available at 260 stores primarily in the Northeast, Midwest, and Great Plains, as well as at distribution and fulfillment centers.
1-800-Flowers needs around 8,000 workers mostly in Illinois, Ohio, and Oregon to lend a hand during its seasonal rush. 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.
Despite store closings and other trouble signs this year, Sears and Kmart still need more workers to get through the holidays. Though the company hasn't announced a firm number, nearly 3,700 seasonal positions are listed on the company's website. The stores mainly need cashiers, sales-floor associates, and stockroom workers.
Gap is hiring an unknown number of seasonal workers to support its Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Athleta stores. 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.