Retailers Already Gearing Up for Holiday Hiring

By: Josh Sidorowicz Email
By: Josh Sidorowicz Email

It might only be September but retailers are already gearing up for the holidays.

Several retailers like Kohl's and Wal-Mart have already announced their holiday hiring plans with thousands of part-time openings.

Cindy Whittum, the director of career services for Career Quest in Lansing, said it's the biggest shopping season of the year and retailers need the extra help.

"Retailers are really ramping up for the holidays because that's when they do most of their business," she said.

Last week Kohl's announced they're looking to fill more than 1,800 seasonal positions in Michigan alone, with more than 100 of those in the Lansing-Jackson area.

Wal-mart also recently announced plans to hire more than 55,000 seasonal workers nationwide.

Whittum said the Career Quest of Lansing is holding their own job fair just for holiday hiring on Sept. 27 from 10am-3pm at the Career Quest Learning Center, 3215 Pennsylvania Ave.

She said several local employers including Best Buy, JCPenney, and Menard's will be in attendance to interview people on-site and she added those job openings can often become more than just temporary posts.

"It's a foot in the door and a lot of seasonal jobs can turn into permanent long-term jobs," Whittum said.

Tom Scott with the Michigan Retailer's Association said the holiday hiring blitz means jobs opportunities for about 25,000 people in Michigan and we're not alone.

"Across the nation retailers will add probably 700,000 seasonal jobs just to get through the holiday period," he said.

Holiday sales were up a 'healthy' three percent last year, according to the National Retail Federation. Holiday hiring and sales forecasts for this year are expected to be released some time in October.

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