Looking for Work? These Employers Are Hiring for the Holidays


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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.

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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.

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Target is hiring a whopping 100,000 seasonal workers at stores, and another 4,500 for positions at distribution and fulfillment centers. That's quite a boost over last year, when it hired for 70,000 seasonal jobs. Positions run the gamut from logistics to cashiers to food service.

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UPS needs 95,000 full- and part-time workers, about the same number as it hired 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.

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Macy's will boost its holiday ranks by 80,000 workers, down from 83,000 last year. Workers are needed in store at Macy's and Bloomingdale's, as well as at call centers, distribution centers, and online fulfillment centers.

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Despite high-profile struggles, JCPenney is adding 40,000 holiday workers, about the same as last year, for everything from cashier jobs to beauty consultants at the chain's in-store Sephora cosmetics centers.

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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.

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Craft-store giant Michael's will be adding 15,000 seasonal workers at more than 1,300 stores across the country. For workers hoping to stick around, chances are good: The company says it funneled half of its seasonal hires last year into permanent roles.

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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.

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Plenty of associates are needed to help holiday crafters at JoAnn. The company is hiring 12,000 team members at 869 stores nationwide to help with customer service, product assistance, and project advice.

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FedEx plans to hire around 50,000 drivers, package handlers and other temporary workers, up about 25 percent from last year, according to The Seattle Times. Major package-handling locations include Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Portland, OR; and Woodbridge, NJ, among others.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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It's also unclear how many workers Burlington will be hiring this season, but the discount retailer has posted more than 3,000 openings at stores across the country. Jobs run the gamut from cashiers and department-specific store associates to stockroom help.

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While Kohl's hasn't said how many seasonal workers it plans to bring on this year, the company says jobs are available at 1,100 stores nationwide. Last year, it aimed to hire around 69,000 workers, and Kohl's kept nearly 14,000 on permanently.

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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.

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Instead of hiring thousands of seasonal workers, Walmart is bucking that trend by giving more hours to current employees. The company does, however, have seasonal jobs available for warehouse associates at six facilities across the country.

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