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Who's Hiring for the Holidays?

Who's Hiring for the Holidays?

Don’t limit yourself to the big brands when it comes to seasonal employment. Smaller retailers and shops gain holiday momentum, too.

Elizabeth Hoyt

October 22, 2013

This year, the National Retail Federation (NRF), the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, predicts anywhere from 720,000 to 780,000 seasonal retail hires nationwide.

Now is the time to apply, since many companies have a deadline for accepting seasonal applications and the bulk of hiring takes place throughout October. Make sure to prioritize your applications – the sooner, the better!

Don’t limit yourself to the big brands when it comes to seasonal employment. Smaller retailers and shops gain holiday momentum, too.

To begin your seasonal search, the following companies are amongst the many that are hiring holiday helpers nationwide:

Macy’s
The retailer is expected to hire around 83,000 seasonal staffers, an four percent increase from last year, according to USA Today.
Get a seasonal job at Macy’s.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
The leading fabric and craft specialty retailer plans to hire more than 3,000 seasonal team members to join its staff at its more than 800 nationwide stores – a 14 percent worker expansion, according to BusinessWire.
Get a seasonal job at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

Kohl’s
The Wisconsin-based company estimates that it will employ about 53,000 seasonal employees, which is roughly 40 seasonal associates at each of its stores, according to a National Retail Federation report.
Get a seasonal job at Kohl’s.

Michael’s Arts & Crafts
The hobby and craft retailer is looking to hire around 10,000 seasonal employees to staff its more than 850 store locations and 25 call and distribution centers, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Get a seasonal job at Michael’s Arts & Crafts.

Target
The large retailer’s seasonal hiring has slightly declined (around 20 percent) but, with a retailer that large, there will still be plenty of jobs – around 70,000 – available, according to ABC News.
Get a seasonal job at Target.

Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us
In addition to its retail stores, Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us will add employees within its distribution centers– the company plans for around 45,000 total seasonal hires, according to Time.
Get a seasonal job at Toys “R” Us or Babies “R” Us.

Nordstrom
The Seattle-based retailer is looking for seasonal employees (the number varies based on the need within each store and department) for the six-week holiday season. In addition, the retailer considers seasonal employees for permanent employment after six weeks, according to AOL Jobs.
Get a seasonal job at Nordstrom.

Amazon
The company expects to deliver more than 70,000 holiday jobs within its 45 warehouses, which is a 40 percent increase from last year’s hiring, according to USA Today. The company also plans to turn “thousands” of the seasonal positions into full-time positions.
Get a seasonal job at Amazon.

Walmart
The chain reports a plan to hire 55,000 seasonal workers – a 10 percent increase from last year, according to USA Today. The company also plans to elevate current employees’ statuses: 35,000 temporary workers to part-time and 35,000 part-time workers to full-time.
Get a seasonal job at Walmart.

JCPenney
The Texas-based chain plans to hire at least 35,000 seasonal employees, which is nearly a 50 percent increase from last year, according to ABC News.
Get a seasonal job at JCPenney.

Sam’s Club
The Walmart-owned wholesaler needs temporary works to hand out food samples and other products, beginning near the Thanksgiving holiday.
Get a seasonal job at Sam’s Club.

Best Buy
The company has around 14,700 seasonal jobs listed in various areas including sales associates, customer service specialists and Geek Squad positions, according to Forbes.com.
Get a seasonal job at Best Buy.

Kmart & Sears
The retailers owned by Sears Holdings Corporation plan to hire an undisclosed amount of seasonal employees in various positions.
Get a seasonal job at Kmart or Sears.

Costco Wholesale
Costco hires an undisclosed number of seasonal workers to add to its staff of around 174,000 to keep up with the holiday rush. Jobs include cashiers, order processing, sorting shipments and other tasks.
Get a seasonal job at Costco.

UPS
The shipping company is looking to expand its holiday staff and currently has job listings for warehouse help, drivers and package handlers, according to Forbes.com.
Get a seasonal job at UPS.

FedEx
People ship more packages during the holiday season, which is why FedEx prepares with around 20,000 seasonal positions, according to AOL Jobs.
Get a seasonal job at FedEx.

Dick’s Sporting Goods
The sporting goods retailer has around 6,200 seasonal positions open, from cashiers to sales associates, according to Forbes.com.
Get a seasonal job at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

GameStop
The Texas-based company has around 17,000 seasonal job openings, according to AOL Jobs.
Get a seasonal job at GameStop.

Party City
The party supply retailer has more than 600 stores nationwide, with around 20,000 seasonal job openings, according to AOL Jobs.
Get a seasonal job at Party City.

Home Depot
This year, the magic number is around 80,000, hires that is, which is 10,000 more positions – or a 14 percent increase – from last year, according to a USA Today report.
Get a seasonal job at Home Depot.


Need tips on securing seasonal employment? Check out this guide to getting a job this holiday season.


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