“New jobs help people support their families, and for some, seasonal employment can turn into a career opportunity once the holidays have passed,” he said.
Major retailers Toys R Usand Kohl'sannounced plans to hire more seasonal workers than last year, with Toys R Us hiring 45,000 workers (up from 40,000 last year) and Kohl's adding more than 52,000 seasonal workers, a 10 percent increase compared to 2011.
Target said it will add 80,000 to 90,000 seasonal workers in its stores and distribution centers this holiday season and Walmart is hiring more than 50,000 nationwide.
Other opportunities include Teleflora, which says it will be filling 1,000 seasonal work-at-home sales positions and Williams-Sonoma, which has advertised a need for 200 seasonal employees at its Oklahoma City call center.
Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby hired 7,000 employees from September 2011 to December 2011, and 1,700, or just under 25 percent, were seasonal. Those workers receive the same wages as permanent employees and qualify for a 15 percent discount on purchases. They qualify for benefits after 90 days.
“There may be people who are really looking to get their foot in the door,” said Mandi Broadfoot, Hobby Lobby spokeswoman. “I don't see any manager that wouldn't find a way to keep on someone with great talent.”
Bob Funk, chief executive officer at Express Employment Professionals, said he expects an increase in seasonal hiring this year. In an uncertain economy, companies tend to hire temporary and flexible employees instead of permanent ones. Temporary work can be a benefit to job seekers, too.
“We have temporary employees that transfer from one company to another until they find one they really want to work for,” Funk said.
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