U.S. Stores, Distribution Centers Now Hiring Seasonal Workers

TAMPA, FL — There’s good news for those looking to earn a bit of extra money during the holiday season.

Trade tensions and concerns about a potential economic slowdown aren’t dampening the holiday outlook of retailers around the country. According to the Indeed Hiring Lab, holiday job postings are up from last year, with an average growth of 13 percent in August from 2018.

Despite the rise in online shopping, department stores are still in need of seasonal sales associates along with transportation and warehousing employees.

“This year’s sales-related holiday job postings are outdoing every year except 2017,” reported Indeed Hiring Lab. The average growth in sales positions in August was 21 percent over August 2018.

At the request of UPS, TRUE Global Intelligence surveyed people on their reasons for seeking holiday employment. Many applicants will be looking to put the earnings from their seasonal job toward catching up on bills (57 percent) or simply earning extra income (44 percent), according to the recent survey. More than 40 percent will use their earnings to buy holiday gifts and more than 20 percent will put the money toward college or professional school.

As expected, large retailers dominate the list of companies seeking seasonal workers.

Kohl’s got an early jump on the season. The company with more than 1,100 stores, distribution and e-commerce fulfillment centers nationwide began hiring in July. In all, Kohl’s plans to hire 90,000 seasonal associates. Job seekers can apply online. Seasonal employees qualify for the 15 percent employee discount.

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Target announced it will hire 125,000 seasonal employees for positions at its 1,800 stores to stock shelves and assist customers. Another 8,000 will be added at its 39 distribution and fulfillment centers to help process freight to stores and fulfill orders placed online. The minimum starting wage is $13 an hour, which Target raised in June as part of the company’s commitment to reach a minimum $15 an hour by the end of 2020.

In addition, temporary employees get a 10 percent discount on purchases and an additional 20 percent wellness discount on fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables and tobacco cessation products.

Last year, Target hired 120,000 seasonal team members at its stores and 7,500 team members at its distribution and fulfillment centers. More than 40 percent of those seasonal hires remained with Target after the holiday season.

Target will host a hiring event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Target stores across the country. The weekend event will give job seekers the opportunity to meet store leaders, with the potential to interview on the spot and receive a conditional job offer. Interested candidates can also visit Target’s seasonal job website any time to apply for both store and distribution center roles.

Macy’s plans to create 80,000 temporary jobs this holiday season. Macy’s said its seasonal jobs will include 1,000 customer service call center jobs, split between Clearwater, Arizona and Ohio. Those employees will assist customers via telephone, email and online chat.

Full- and part-time jobs include jewelry, shoes and cosmetics sales associates, security guards and delivery drivers. Those interested can apply online.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is looking to hire more than 200 part- and full-time employees for seasonal positions including food service attendants, park operation hosts, sales clerks and cooks.

Applicants can apply directly online and schedule an interview time that fits their needs.

Other companies seeking seasonal sales associates include American Eagle, which said it plans to hire nearly 10,000 part-time, seasonal employees, Famous Footwear, Lowe’s, Party City, Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret.

UPS announced in September it expects to hire about 100,000 seasonal employees to support the anticipated annual increase in package volume that will begin in November and continue through January.

“We expect another record peak season this year, with daily package deliveries nearly doubling compared to our average of 20 million per day,” Chief Operating Officer Jim Barber said. “In order to make that happen, once again we’re recruiting about 100,000 people for some of the country’s best seasonal jobs.”

The full- and part-time seasonal positions — primarily package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers — are often an entry point for permanent employment at UPS, Barber said. Many senior UPS executives, including chairman and CEO David Abney, started their UPS careers as part-time employees.

Over the last three years, 35 percent of the people UPS hired for seasonal package-handler jobs were later hired for a permanent position when the holidays were over, and nearly a third of the current U.S. workforce started in seasonal positions.

Those interested in working at UPS can apply online.

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