By Thomas Sørenes from Tacoma, Washington, USA (Macy's Christmas) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
It's that time of year again. Retailers are preparing for the busiest shopping season of the year, so that means seasonal workers are high in demand. In addition to the $8 to $12 hourly pay, occasionally seasonal employees are given cool benefits like employee discounts. Of course, you should be aware that come Black Friday weekend, workers are expected to work Black Friday hours - which means late in the night and early in the morning and longer shifts than normal. So, if you're looking for part-time work, head over to these retailers to drop off an application.
This retail giant is already advertising for holiday hires. For 2017, Target is hiring 100,000 team members across 1,816 stores for the holiday season, according to their latest press release on September 13th. Another 4,500 positions will be available at their distribution centers and fulfillment facilities. They'll be hosting a hiring event from October 13th to 15th between 10 AM and 6 PM to meet the team and learn about open positions, and you may have the chance to be interviewed and receive a job offer during this time. Click here to view open positions and apply. You can also stop by your local Target store to apply in person over the next few weeks.
The perks of being a Target team member includes market-competitive wages, a variety of schedules, and two discounts: 10% off merchandise at Target stores and at Target.com plus an additional 20% wellness discount on fruits and veggies, Simply Balanced branded foods, and C9 athletic gear. Team members also get the chance to add more holiday hours to their schedules.
Undoubtedly, toy stores are going to be busy during the holidays, and as one of the biggest toy retailers, Toys R Us needs all the help they can get. They are looking for part-time store and distribution center employees for all Toys R Us, Babies R Us, and distribution centers nationwide. They'll have two hiring days, Monday, October 10th and Friday, November 11th during regular store hours or at distribution centers from 11 AM to 4 PM local time. Like Target, you might also get the chance to take part in interviews during this hiring event. Note: you don't have to bring a resumé, but it is recommended. Click here to learn more about Toys R Us jobs.
UPS is currently looking to fill about 1,700 part-time hourly and seasonal jobs this holiday season. There are positions available in almost every state, so give UPS a chance! Click here to see a list of open jobs for UPS.
If you want some extra dough without leaving your cozy abode this chilly season, Amazon is looking to hire seasonal work-from-home customer service associates. However, these opportunities are only available in the following 35 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin or Wyoming. For more positions at Amazon, check here.
At Macy's, you can find positions such as Seasonal Retail Sales Associate, Seasonal Retail Support - Receiving, Merchandising, and more. You can search their jobs by keywords, so type in "seasonal" to see what appears. Click here to find more seasonal positions at Macy's.
Kohl's is looking to hire Retail Sales Associates, Distribution Associates, and Freight Associates for the upcoming season. These positions are expected to last through the end of December, and at that time, Seasonal employees are given the chance to apply to open positions at Kohl's. Click here to learn more about Kohl's seasonal store opportunities.
Sears refers to their seasonal workers as "Seasonal Superstars," and you must pre-register for their 2017 holiday positions. Currently, their site is still only available for 2016 registration but check back to see if it has updated in the coming weeks. In addition to pre-registering, you'll also create a Talent Profile for recruiters to match you with other positions. Click here to view the page for pre-registration with Sears for 2016. Another similar retailer to consider is JCPenney.