With leagues of shoppers on the horizon, retailers and shippers are planning to hire more than seasonal employees this holiday season to accommodate service demands. The National Retail Federation expects retailers could add as many as 550,000 seasonal positions this year. Better Business Bureau advises job seekers to polish up their resumes, research potential employers and apply right away.
Major retailers like Walmart and Macy’s and shipping companies like UPS and amazon are all planning to hire seasonal workers this year. Earlier this year, Target and Amazon announced a plan to hire more than 100,000 workers for the holiday season. In addition to seasonal positions, retail indirectly creates many jobs throughout the holiday season for workers in transportation, manufacturing and fulfillment.
“Seasonal work can be a great opportunity for job seekers,” said Michelle Corey, BBB president and CEO. “While holiday jobs are usually temporary, many retailers may go on to hire some holiday workers permanently.”
BBB offers the following advice for job hunters this holiday season:
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