Who's Hiring for the Holidays?
It’s still September, but major retailers and others are gearing up big-time for holiday hiring. If you want to nab a seasonal slot, better start now.
1) Get Hired at Home
Home-based customer service agents take in-bound customer calls from home, just as it sounds.
Alpine Access: 750 seasonal positions in sales, customer services, financial services support, technical support, collections (www.alpineaccess.com)
VIPdesk: 600 seasonal representatives (www.vipdesk.com)
Arise: 6,000 seasonal agents (www.arise.com)
LiveOps: 2,000 independent contractors in retail, casual dining, road service dispatch, licensed insurance (www.liveops.com)
Convergys: 800 seasonal gift advisors (www.convergys.com)
TeleTech: 2,000 seasonal openings (www.teletech.com or hirepoint.com/athome)
Also explore West at Home and Working Solutions.
Each company hires very differently. Visit their websites to understand which, if any, are a fit for you. Some pay for training, while others don’t. Some focus on employees, contractors and incorporated agents, all of which are very different, so be sure you read and research carefully before applying. Even if you’ve applied previously, you may have to apply again to be considered for seasonal work. Pay attention to details, including the technical requirements for your computer, internet access and phone, as well as your specific skills.
Be flexible on the time you’re willing to work. Shifts are available for days, evenings, weekends, and overnight in sales, customer service, and stock. Apply in-person and chat with a manager anytime you’re able to put a face to your resume. Ask when you’re allowed to call to check back on the status of your application. Staying top-of-mind will help you get ahead.
JCPenney: The 1,107 stores plan to hire approximately 30,000 associates for holiday, which begins around mid-October and continues throughout the holiday shopping season.
Toys R Us: This holiday season, the company will open approximately 600 Toys“R”Us Express pop-up stores nationwide. As a result of these openings, 10,000 jobs in the U.S. will be created in addition to the chain’s typical seasonal build of 35,000 jobs.
Macy’s: Maybe you’ll be one of 65,000 seasonal hires to find your magic here.
Walmart: The retail giant doesn’t release its numbers, but says seasonal hiring is on par with last year.
Things Remembered: The 600-store personalized gift retailer expects to hire about 3,000 part-time seasonal workers.
Walk your neighborhood or mall and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by dozens of openings. Even with there’s no sign advertising openings, ask.
3) Security & Shipping Services
More shopping means more security and more shipping—both of which employ thousands of seasonal hires.
Allied Barton: This security giant will add about 1,000 security guards for the holidays.
UPS: Big brown expects to add 50,000 hires nationally, including driver helpers, people who will help a driver make the deliveries on their route, and package handlers, people who might sort, load or unload packages.
FedEx hasn’t yet released its numbers for the holidays, but the shipper is sure to have ample opportunity to get our gifts delivered on time.
4) Sitter Services
Care.com, SeekingSitters.com, SitterCity.com and FetchPetCare.com are four resources for offering your services. Expect to make a hefty premium on New Year’s Eve if you’re willing to stay in.
SnagAJob.com is a great resource for hourly work for national giants and local companies.
Craigslist.com often features more entrepreneurial options and gigs with small businesses, which can range from catering jobs to gift-wrapping.
Bookmark this page and we’ll update it frequently with announcements from companies about large-volume hiring for the holidays.