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Job alert: Retailers that are hiring this holiday season


Just yesterday we told you that Amazon is looking to hire seasonal work-at-home customer service employees in 20 states for $10 an hour.

Now comes word that Target will hire 70,000 seasonal associates to work at 1,800 stores across the country. The Red Retailer is also in need of an additional 7,500 seasonal workers for its distribution and fulfillment facilities.

Meanwhile, all Target stores will host in-store hiring events on October 14 and 15 from noon to 6 p.m. You’ll likely get a chance to interview for seasonal work on the spot, so get ready!

Who’s hiring this holiday season?

While seasonal work isn’t high paying, many retailers do look to promote from within when it comes to filling full-time positions once the holidays wind down.

As Target’s announcement has already demonstrated, the jobs this year may go beyond the traditional floor showroom at retail.

“Some of the best opportunities could be in the backroom, handling incoming and outgoing shipments,” says CEO John A. Challenger of respected leading outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. “Job seekers should also look for positions at warehouses and shipping facilities associated with retailers and/or transportation companies.”

Here’s a look at who’s hiring and how many positions they’re looking to fill.

Retailer Number of seasonal workers to be hired Web address for applying
Amazon Hiring for work-at-home customer service jobs in 20 states
Target 70,000 store workers and 7,500 distribution/fulfillment center openings  
Radial 20,000 worldwide openings in customer service and fulfillment. U.S. locations include Eau Claire, WS, Louisville, KY, Memphis, TN and Groveport, OH.
Williams-Sonoma 2,000 seasonal warehouse positions in Olive Branch, MS and Memphis, TN.
J.C. Penney TBA
Walmart TBA
FedEx TBA FedEx Careers
Toys R Us More than 10,900 workers in five of its biggest markets 
UPS 95,000 seasonal workers, including package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers
Kohl’s 69,000 seasonal workers (search keyword “seasonal associate)

Avoid these common mistakes on job interviews interviewed employers to find out some of the most common interview mistakes made by job applicants. Read up and be sure you don’t blow your chance when you get that call.

    • Don’t answer your cell phone during the interview. My contention is that if an interviewer takes a call during an interview, well, that’s totally rude. But they’re the employer and you can’t really do anything about it. But you doing it as an applicant? You have just told the employer that phone call is more important than the job opportunity.
    • Dress appropriately. Don’t be either underdressed or overdressed. Know the culture of the company where you’re interviewing and take that as a cue. Go on the company’s website to learn about the corporate culture before interviewing to get a feel.
    • Don’t be arrogant. While you want to do your research before an interview, you don’t want to be a know it all. Be humble.
    • Don’t talk trash about a past or current employer. I remember when applicants I’ve interviewed over the years would come in and tell me about what an awful place they work at now or have worked at in the past. Don’t do that, even if your boss or work environment deserves it. You just come across as having a lousy attitude.
    • Don’t chew gum. Employers say applicants will actually do this just under 60% of the time.
    • Know the right questions to ask. Not asking the right questions shows that you’re not prepared for the interview. Again, use the Internet to research companies. Read press releases and whatever you find in the investor relations section of a company’s website.
  • Be genuine. This one comes from my own personal experience, not from Having personally interviewed many, many people over the years, I can tell you I don’t want to see an actor. I want you to be who you are.
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