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Companies Hiring Employees for Seasonal Jobs

Employers are offering competitive wages, discounts, and signing bonuses to entice workers to seasonal jobs.

Kathryn Knight Randolph

October 06, 2021

Companies Hiring Employees for Seasonal Jobs
Take your pick of employers hiring for holiday jobs right now.
Happy HalloThanksMas! No, we didn’t invent a new holiday, although every day is a national holiday now if you’re counting National Pizza Day or National Taco Day. In this instance, we’re referring to that blur of time that occurs at the end of the year, between Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the holiday season. Though the last quarter of the year has just started, you’ll see that companies are already hiring seasonal workers for the busiest time of the year. Now is a great time for high school, college, and graduate students alike to take on holiday work. Though it will make for a busy few months, companies need more workers, wages are unparalleled, and it offers students the chance to pay for college or save money for student expenses.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to take on a part-time job, look no further than the below holiday jobs. They’re offering competitive pay, and in some cases, signing bonuses!

1. Amazon Seasonal Jobs

Seasonal employees can get paid up to $22 per hour and be eligible for up to $3,000 in signing bonus money. There are positions available in fulfillment centers, delivery, and grocery stores, like Whole Foods. Amazon states that they can create a working schedule that fits around your life. Plus, Amazon is offering full tuition to its employees, so it may be worth staying on after the holidays!

2. Target Seasonal Jobs

If you’ve been to a Target lately, you’ve no doubt seen their signs about needing seasonal help. The retail giant offers $15 per hour starting pay, although some locations may see higher wages. Seasonal employees will receive a discount on all merchandise, which can help with those holiday shopping lists. They can also request flexible scheduling, like weekends only. Again, it may be worthwhile to stick around after the holidays as Target is offering full tuition to its employees as well.

3. Walmart Seasonal Jobs

In September, Walmart announced that it would be hiring 20,000 part- and full-time workers just to prepare for the holiday season, according to CNBC. Job opportunities range from order fillers to freight handlers with an average starting wage of over $20 per hour. The big box store will undoubtedly be hiring in-store seasonal employees as well to help with in-store needs, online order fulfillments, and pick-up.

4. UPS Seasonal Jobs

Get ready for this: UPS is hoping to hire 100,000 new employees ahead of the holiday season. Both full- and part-time package handler, driver helper, and personal delivery driver jobs are available. Wages are competitive, and employees can earn up to $1,300 for college expenses.

5. FedEx Seasonal Jobs

To keep up with its competition, FedEx is aiming to hire 90,000 seasonal employees, according to MarketWatch. The delivery service has already hosted multiple nationwide hiring events, but it’s looking to add even more employees. Starting hourly wages are $19.50.

6. USPS Seasonal Jobs

Like UPS and FedEX, the United States Postal Service is looking to hire holiday workers. More than 40,000 seasonal positions are available and wages are competitive with those of private delivery services. USPS is also hosting hiring events nationwide. You can find the job fair nearest you – or apply at your local USPS hub.

7. Kohl’s Seasonal Jobs

Kohl’s is hosting a nationwide hiring event for seasonal employees October 21 – 23. They are searching for workers for their retail stores, distribution centers, and Sephora at Kohl’s teams. Seasonal employees will receive a weekly paycheck as well as a 15% discount at stores. They are also eligible for multiple bonus opportunities that range in amount from $100 – 300.

8. 1-800-Flowers Seasonal Jobs

Flowers and gourmet gift baskets are hot commodities during the holiday season, and 1-800-Flowers is on a hiring spree to acquire more seasonal workers, states Chain Store Age. Under its umbrella, are companies like Harry & David, The Popcorn Factory, and Cheryl’s Cookies. For each of these businesses, 1-800-Flowers is hiring employees for production, gift assembly, distribution and operational support. Some of these opportunities even allow for remote work. Seasonal employees will receive competitive wages, flexible schedules, product giveaways, raffles, and a generous employee discount across their brands.

9. Michael’s Seasonal Jobs

Finally, if crafting is your jam, consider applying for a seasonal job at Michael’s. The arts and craft chain is hiring more than 20,000 employees to meet its holiday season needs, reports BusinessWire. In addition to competitive wages and flexible working hours, seasonal employees are eligible for a 30% discount on store products.

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