How to get a holiday job (and who’s hiring!)
By Laurence MacNaughton
Need to make a little extra cash for the holidays? This season might be the perfect opportunity. Companies are hiring more holiday workers in 2012 than they have in the last five years, according to a new survey by Snagajob, the nation’s largest hourly employment network.
To prepare for the coming tide of eager holiday shoppers, 63% of managers surveyed said that they plan to hire holiday help this year, up from just 51% last year. And they’re planning to hire more people: 6.1 seasonal workers on average, compared to 4.1 last year and 3.1 in 2009.
What Kinds of Holiday Jobs are Available?
Retail sales help is the obvious choice for most holiday job seekers. But there are plenty of job opportunities behind the scenes, too.
Toys ‘R’ Us announced that they’ll need help with their pop-up stores, and they’re also expanding their customer service centers to help online shoppers.
Kohl’s is hiring almost 6,000 people for their distribution centers and credit operations business.
Who’s Hiring for the Holidays?
While the average pay hasn’t gone up (it’s still about $10.70 an hour), your chances of getting a job could be much better than last year.
Macy’s has just announced that they will hire 80,000 seasonal associates, up by 2,000 jobs over 2011. Kohl’s will hire at least 50,000 people, and so will Walmart. Meanwhile, Toys ‘R’ Us plans to hire 45,000 seasonal workers.
How to Get a Holiday Job
The best tip, according to the experts, is to complete your application as soon as possible, either online or in the store. Some companies have already started hiring. Most retailers expect to finish their hiring earlier than usual this year: by the end of October, if not sooner.