The holiday hiring season is in full swing, and the big red bow on it is the hope of up to $15 an hour – and maybe even a chance to win a $5,000 trip to New York City or Miami.
The odds are good that if you go shopping in the next few weeks, you'll spot a jobs fair in the store or hear about holiday job openings. Yes, it's only October, but the holidays will be highly competitive when it comes to hiring extra help.
What's good to hear is that many workers who pick up holiday jobs could see better wages, more attractive in-store discounts and maybe even a chance to win a trip to New York City or $500 gift cards this holiday season.
In the next week or so, major retailers will be holding holiday hiring fairs. They include:
Target will host a holiday hiring event Oct. 12-14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at its stores. "You can meet with store leaders. You can interview on the spot," said Angie Thompson, a spokesperson for Target in Minneapolis. Candidates can apply in advance at TargetSeasonalJobs.com.
J.C. Penney will hold its second annual hiring day event Oct. 16 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at its stores to fill 1,200 seasonal jobs in Michigan. See jcpcareers.com before the event to apply online first before any in-store interviews. Applicants also can apply at in-store kiosks prior to attending the event.
Best Buy is running a holiday jobs fair in its stores on Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with interviews taking place the same day.
Macy's is holding a holiday hiring event on Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at its stores, as well as its call centers and distribution and fulfillment centers. Candidates are encouraged to submit applications online prior to the hiring events by visiting macysJOBS.com or bloomingdalesJOBS.com.
Kohl’s has its seasonal hiring event Oct. 20 at select Kohl’s stores across the country. See careers.kohls.com.