Holiday Jobs: The Seasonal Hiring Spree Has Already Begun

If you're hoping to make some extra cash this year by working a part-time job over the holidays you better get busy. The majority of businesses that plan to hire seasonal staff are already beginning interviews this month to allow time to get new staff trained and in place before things really get busy. The good news is that many retailers are planning to hire more seasonal help this year compared to last, but of course there will still only be a limited number of positions available and the slumping economy means competition for each one will be as fierce as ever. A study by the Economics Policy Institute says there will be 4.7 applicants for every one job opening, which means being an early bird alone might not cut it -- to come out on top you'll also need a game plan.

Here are a few tips for securing yourself a spot in this year's mini holiday hiring spree.

  • Apply early and often to improve your odds of getting hired before everything fills up.

  • Be clear on your availability and be as flexible as possible. You'll have access to the most hours and best pay if you're willing to work weekends, evenings, and holidays.

  • If you're looking for full-time seasonal work be prepared to combine two, or even three, part-time positions.

  • Take advantage of unadvertised opportunities by getting out and looking for 'Help Wanted' signs and by asking local businesses if they're hiring (or plan to hire) for the holidays.

  • Apply in person whenever possible to put a face with your resume.

  • Don't slack off because the job is only temporary -- many companies hire short term holiday workers with the intention of keeping the best ones permanently. Present yourself well at the interview and then perform reliably once hired and you just might get lucky and continue getting hours, and possibly a promotion, after the seasonal rush is over.

Who's Hiring

Although retail stores are the most obvious businesses to hire extra help during the holidays don't limit your search only to places where people shop. Companies that offer supportive services like customer service, shipping, and security are also great options as they too see a jump in activity during this time. To get you started we've compiled a list of some national businesses that have expressed plans to expand their fleets for the 2010 holiday season but don't forget to seek out opportunities in your local area as many small businesses are also planning to hire, just on a smaller scale.

Retail Companies Hiring for the Holidays

  1. Macy's - plans to hire 65,000
  2. Toys R Us - plans to hire 45,000
  3. JCPenney - plans to hire 30,000
  4. Pier 1 - plans to hire more than last year
  5. Walmart - plans to hire same as last year
  6. Target - plans to hire same as last year
  7. Best Buy - plans to hire same as last year

Customer Service Companies Hiring for the Holidays

  1. VIPdesk - plans to hire 600 representatives
  2. Arise - plans to hire 6,000 agents
  3. LiveOps - plans to hire 2,000 independent contractors
  4. Convergys - plans to hire 600 gift advisors
  5. Alpine Access - plans to hire an unspecified number

Shipping/Delivery Companies Hiring for the Holidays

  1. UPS - plans to hire 50,000
  2. FedEx - plans to hire an unspecified number
  3. DHL - plans to hire an unspecified number

Security Companies Hiring for the Holidays

  1. Allied Barton - plans to hire 1,000+

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October 08 2010 at 12:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What 'TIP' could you give me for this: I am 50 something, was laid off over 2yrs ago from 20+ yrs. in construction. The area is over built and jobs are none. I have applied to more jobs that I can count. Even PART TIME EMPLOYMENT requires 'CREDIT CHECKS'. I have college loan debt from trying to send my child to college. My child now 22 . . has a co-parent over 9yrs behind in child support payments that he says I will never see. My child has college loan debt and now medical debt . . and wouldn't pass a credit check. The government that instituted the 'child support; order... does not follow thru. So... how does one get hired? R.

October 07 2010 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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October 07 2010 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ain't that the truth! I have that exact problem myself running between two jobs. But it all worked out because, my one job started cutting our hours so harshly I hardly got in the door and got rushed out without even having time to do my job properly. Sop when people start calling for Customer Service and get no response back for weeks, Or no return calls at all...This is why.

October 07 2010 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm already laughing. Most of these businesses will make you think you've got a cool holiday job...then they will slowly but surly start reducing your working hours. this sort of this is all to popular right now, and believe me, "It's everywhere"

October 07 2010 at 6:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve R


Everyone keeps complaining about the deplorable economic situation but nothing is being done about it. Our rotten careless government doesn’t give a rats ass. They know their enormous pay and million dollar pensions are guaranteed. Instead of controlling inflation, They kick back and do nothing as prices skyrocket ( Food, Utilities, Healthcare, Taxes, Etc) All they do is laugh and vote themselves BIG pay raises instead of dealing with the problem.

We need to band together and revolt against this evil corrupt government who traded our jobs for favors like campaign contributions (bribes and kickbacks) from all the million / billion dollar companies and corporations. Some people think just because they haven’t lost their job to outsourcing (yet) that it doesn’t affect them. They are so wrong. Not only does the dollar become devalued but what happens when a friend or family member loses their job to outsourcing and can’t support their family. Soon the only way people will able to survive is to steal once the rest of the jobs are gone.

Face the facts, the main reason we have gone into a depression is because so many people are losing there jobs due to the outsourcing. Even people who haven’t lost there jobs yet see the jobs disappearing at a alarming rate and a worthless, lazy, corrupt, evil government who instead of stopping it instead encourages it. The piece of shit government just kicked back a laughed as ALL the large businesses and corporations shipped most of our jobs overseas so they can make a bigger profit. Not only did our government not do their job and stop it, our evil corrupt government gave tax breaks to these multi-million dollar companies .To top it off, a lot of cities are outsourcing government jobs to save money instead of giving them to American workers who need them. This is Fucking insane!

Over seventy-five percent of our Industries have now been lost to foreign countries. Over twenty percent of our domestic jobs are now taken by Illegal Aliens. Almost all credit, financial, and health records of Americans have crossed over at least once to other countries via off-shoring. You don’t find out about it until your identity is stolen. The government says too bad it’s your problem. The government says” So your job gets outsourced or given to an illegal alien, your identity gets stolen and your credit and life is destroyed, a small price to pay to help the filthy rich”.

There’s is ONLY one way to stop the recession. Reverse the outsourcing and bring the jobs back. All the government has to do is increase taxes on companies that outsource and lower or eliminate taxes on companies that don’t. At the same time sharply increase tariffs on imported good especially goods from China and Japan. Level the playing field. Double, triple, or even quad triple the taxes on the companies that outsource. Tax them to a level that forces them to return the jobs to this country. It’s simple as that.

Why doesn’t the government do this. It’s because outsourcing helps the filthy rich get richer and that’s all our government cares about. The government says” we are all rich, our friends and family are all rich, all we care about is the rich. The rest of the country can die in the streets for all we care.” Our government wants a recession so that they can turn us into helpless slaves.

Damn it, almost all the decent jobs have been outsourced thanks to the lazy, corrupt evil, rotten government we have. The mortgage crisis, energy crisis and healthcare crisis would not have happened if the government didn’t have their heads up their asses. They let these businesses do want ever they want no matter how corrupt, dishonest and harmful it is to the nation. They don’t want to interfere with these multi-million dollar companies and corporations yet they want to control what we do in our personal lives. It’s OK to be hungry, sick, suffering and even homeless because there’s no more jobs available (mainly due to outsourcing and illegal immigration) but if you smoke pot, the government will send the cops over to bash your head and throw you in jail. How fucked is that….

People, unless we stop supporting this careless, reckless, rotten to the core government we are all going to be up shit creek without a paddle with our hands tied behind our backs and the government pushing us under. It will be even worse for our children who will forced to live a life of violence and poverty when al

October 07 2010 at 4:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve R


Although it appears new unemployment claims have slowed, economists like Gerald Clemente are predicting possible 35% unemployment by 2014. This is Americans unemployed because they can’t find work, NOT the bogus unemployment rate that the government uses. They are only count people actually COLLECTING unemployment. Not the people who did not qualify, those who’s ran out, or younger American who have recently entered the job market.

Every year millions more people enter the job market, Sure some retire but for every 2 people retiring, 3 more enter the job market. So of course you’re going to need more jobs.
not less. But the biggest problem is a massive campaign by BIG BUSINESS to offshore every Goddamn American job. If you can’t replace the employees with automation than they must be outsourced is their only goal. Companies that can’t afford to outsource will instead use illegal aliens.

And thanks to our worthless, greedy, corrupt beyond belief piece of shit government, the corporations have succeeded in offshoring more than 40 million American jobs over the last 25 years. Thanks to all the bribes and favors our politicians received, deals by dick head Bill Clinton and AssWipes George Bush JR and Senior, the outsourcing overseas and to Mexico has exploded.

Even if you stop the outsourcing, we would still have a shortage of jobs because the population is growing fast however when you combine this with massive offshoring of jobs you eventually end up with massive unemployment.

It’s simple mathematics.
Population expanding + massive offshoring = massive unemployment

Until we revolt and take back the government from Big Business and punish all the politicians that sold us out ( most of them) things will only get worse. People must understand that the Filthy Rich which includes Big Business and the Banks now completely control the government and they have found a way to suck up all the money
leaving the country ready to collapse from major debt. And the economy will collapse unless we revolt and save it.

If you love your country and your children you’ll start a revolt now. If not than do nothing and let the country crumble. And yes it WILL be your fault.

October 07 2010 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve R


Now, pretty much every single product that's for sale here in the US (with the temporary exception of autos) is produced in another country. Sure in the past you had a choice between American made products and imported products but no more. That's also why the prices even on Chinese made crap has gone up. Now that Big Business with the help of our corrupt government has eliminated the competition (Almost all American made products) they can charge what ever they want and we will pay because we need these things to survive. Before it was just products but now many services are being outsourced as well.

Awhile back I bought a new bathroom faucet by AMERICAN STANDARD thinking I was buying an American made product. Later I used a magnifying glass and found in teeny tiny print on the back “made in Mexico” This type of deception is encouraged not discouraged by our evil corrupt government..

If we didn't have one of the most evil, greedy corrupt governments on the planet, they would have stopped the outsourcing a long time ago. it's just pure greed encouraged by our goddamn piece of shit government who's ONLY goal is to help the GLOBAL BIG BUSINEESS and the filthy rich get richer. They don’t care how many hundreds of millions of Americans that are being forced into poverty, all that matters is increasing profits for the filthy rich$$$$ by sucking the working class dry.

No more God Bless America the Land of the Free

Our new slogan is:
Goddamn America, the Land of the Greed

October 07 2010 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, I like to say I've heard alot of negative responses here, and I'm sorry, that was your experience. However, I recently had a positive experience at Macy's. i applied for seasonal holiday work and was offered the job at minimum wage (unfortunately) but thats the going rate I guess for this type of job. I know its hard to get a job in corporate america at the age of 49, but I managed this job even though I am very qualified and over qualified. But hey, how can you be over qualified when they will reap the benfits of all my experiences and knowledge that come with years and life. You can't bring that to the table at age 20. So these companies that are looking at the young for some of these positions just can't compare with the reliablity, stability, knowing where they are is where they are. Not looking to get out early to study for an exam, for a date, for adventure. So I completely disagree with the logic that corporate america and some small business has adapted. Wish me luck in my new seasonal job. Linda

October 07 2010 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Steve R

Well you must be attractive because Macy's normally only hires teenagers but since most of their customers are women they do occasionally hire some women your age to help customers who don't want to be helped by kids.

However if you're guy over 22 FORGET IT. NO WAY IN HELL WILL THEY HIRE YOU

October 07 2010 at 6:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please take note to how many illegal aliens and anchor babies from south of the border are hired by stores for the holidays and report them !

October 07 2010 at 4:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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