With much of the pandemic safety measures now in place, this holiday season is looking to be a lot more similar to years past, unlike the 2020 season. Many shoppers will be online shopping, but they’ll finally be participating in in-person shopping this year as well. Due to this, there are many companies who are looking to hire for seasonal positions, especially in this job economy!
Businesses are gearing up to handle the rush. 24% of small- to medium-sized businesses say they’ll be extending their business hours, while 20% say they’ll be digitizing more of their operations and investing in additional physical infrastructure to keep pace with consumers’ shifting demands.
Good news is if you’re looking for seasonal jobs, many companies are still hiring! This year, seasonal hiring will have more of a focus on in-store, customer-facing roles than in 2020, and also more of a focus on fulfilling back-end demands and bringing brick-and-mortar operations online.
15 Companies Participating in Seasonal Hiring
4 Corner Resources
Seasonal jobs aren’t limited to the big-box retailers. Many companies see a spike in demand for temp workers as full-time staffers take time off for the holidays. We’re hiring at 4 Corner Resources for temporary workers. Seasonal temp jobs typically include administrative, technology, and assistant roles. To find temporary holiday work near you, your best bet is to work with a staffing agency that specializes in temporary hiring, like 4 Corner Resources.
The eCommerce behemoth will hire 125,000 new workers across the U.S. and Canada. If one business flourished during the pandemic, it was Amazon! They are expanding and hiring for many positions – from warehouse to delivery drivers. These are a mix of full- and part-time roles paying at least $15 an hour, with sign-on bonuses up to $1,000 in select cities. Workers are needed to sort inventory and fulfill orders in the company’s fulfillment centers and delivery stations.
Target is looking for workers to fill 130,000 seasonal jobs across its retail stores and supply chain locations. Retail responsibilities include interacting with guests, helping maintain safe shopping conditions and staffing the order pickup and drive-up stations, which have surged in popularity this year. Behind the scenes at its 40+ distribution centers, Target needs staffers to process freight, fulfill online orders, and receive, pack and load shipments. All positions start at $15 an hour or more.
Walmart is constantly looking to fill positions as there is a labor shortage amongst many companies. Walmart is hiring 150,000 associates for their stores, and they’ve recently added new benefits to their hiring, including tuition reimbursement and more.
Shipping carriers are bracing for record-breaking volume this year and stepping up their staffing to meet the unprecedented demand. FedEx says it will add 70,000 seasonal employees to its workforce. The majority of them will join the FedEx Ground network, which includes residential delivery drivers and warehouse package handlers.
UPS will hire for more than 100,000 full- and part-time seasonal jobs including package handlers, drivers, driver-helpers, and personal vehicle drivers. The company touts its seasonal positions as a great way to break into a permanent role; over the last three years, about 35% of people hired in seasonal package handler jobs were later brought onboard full time, and close to a third of the company’s U.S. employees started in a seasonal role.
Not all seasonal jobs deal with holiday shopping. Drugstore giant CVS Health is looking for 25,000 employees to meet the heightened volume during this busy season. Many of these positions are remote customer service representative roles, which start at 30 hours a week and offer flexible schedules. Licensed pharmacy technicians, both full- and part-time, are also in high demand.
United States Postal Service
USPS is hiring more than 40,000 workers to handle mail and packages. They’ll be busy as the holiday season nears, and they need people to sort through packages as well as new delivery drivers and customer service representatives. They’re hiring in both large cities as well as small, rural areas.
Best Buy has joined the ranks of companies that have adopted a $15 minimum wage across all U.S. locations. The technology retailer currently lists thousands of seasonal openings nationwide, including store associates, Geek Squad technicians, and fulfillment center staff.
Kohl’s is seeking seasonal workers to join its teams in retail stores and distribution centers. Retail jobs include store associates, who serve customers, and operations associates, who stock and organize merchandise. Employees in distribution centers are responsible for picking, packing and shipping orders and operating machinery. To maintain safer conditions for applicants, Kohl’s will conduct all interviews for seasonal jobs over the phone rather than in person.
The holidays are the busiest time of year for the Gap, Inc. family of apparel brands, and the company is hiring full-time seasonal workers with the opportunity to remain full-time following the holidays for its stores, distribution centers, and call centers to respond to the increased traffic. The jobs are distributed among the company’s many brands, which include Gap, Athleta, Banana Republic, Intermix, Janie and Jack and Old Navy.
1-800-Flowers.com Inc. is among the many companies that have adapted their seasonal hiring plans to include more work-from-home positions. The company says it will hire many seasonal workers across their brands, some of whom will be remote customer service agents. The remainder of the jobs is for gift assembly and customer service roles.
Arts and crafts retailer Michaels is seeking thousands of seasonal workers across the U.S. and Canada to ramp up for the holiday season in its retail stores and distribution centers. Last year, more than 50% of the company’s seasonal in-store workers were hired into regular roles after the holidays.
Bass Pro Shops
5,000 seasonal positions are up for grabs at Bass Pro Shops, including jobs in the company’s retail stores, call centers, distribution centers, and manufacturing plants. In addition to its retail operations, the company operates a series of conservation attractions and resort destinations in the Ozark Mountains, and these locations are also seeking seasonal employees.
Hobby Lobby plans to add as many as 11,000 seasonal jobs at its nearly 1,000 stores nationwide. Hobby Lobby has a full-time hourly minimum wage of $17 company-wide.
How to Get Hired For Seasonal Jobs
Take It Seriously
The competition for seasonal jobs can be overwhelming. Though there are many companies seasonal hiring this year, there are also many applicants as well. With millions of Americans looking for work, candidates will be up against people who’ve never been in the seasonal job market in the past. This means you’ll need to bring your A-game.
Polish your resume, tailoring it specifically to the jobs you’re applying for. For retail roles, this means highlighting customer- and client-facing experience, while for fulfillment roles, you’ll want to focus on your logistics strengths. Be prepared for several rounds of interviews, which may include phone and virtual components.
Holiday jobs, by nature, can consist of long hours and nonstandard shifts, so coming into an interview with a strict set of scheduling constraints isn’t likely to result in an offer. Be prepared to work nights and weekends in addition to shorter or on-call shifts. If you’re open to overnight work, this could give you a leg up on the competition. Many of the seasonal jobs this year will be able to turn into full-time positions within the company, so you may not be stuck with these hours forever.
Though many companies started hiring in early fall, it’s not too late to land a seasonal job. Many companies hire on a rolling basis all the way through the end of the year, as volume remains high into January with late shoppers and post-holiday returns. Additionally, the temporary nature of seasonal work means some people leave after just a few weeks, which can result in openings later on in the season. With companies really needing employees, you could get multiple offers and land a stable job that you end up loving.