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4 Places to Look for Retail Jobs This Holiday Season

The holiday season is always a busy time of year, but the shopping is particularly bustling. It is a time to give and a time to receive, and in order to get a gift, you probably need to give one or two, too. Even if you decide that making a gift is more your style than simply buying one, you will still have to purchase the supplies to make said gift.

Each year, the amount of money spent during the holidays increases. And with increased shopping, retailers and businesses have to hire more staff and personnel to keep up with the increasing flow of shoppers. Holiday seasonal jobs can be really awesome opportunities for college students to make some money.

Seasonal jobs are often entry-level jobs which do not require a lot of experience (which a college student might not have). It is a job for only a short time when students are generally on winter break too so such a job will not interfere with school. And you can work a lot of hours in that short amount of time so it will make working over the holiday season worth it.

But now that you have decided to get a seasonal retail job this winter break, where do you find one? The choices can be overwhelming, but there are plenty of options to explore. Read on to learn some places to look for retail jobs this holiday season.

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USPS

USPS can be a great place to work during the holiday season! They have a large variety of different jobs you can work from driving to customer service to mail handlers. According to Monster, they hire around 40,000 seasonal workers each year so you have a great chance to be hired when they are looking to hire so many new employees.

Bryan, a driver for USPS, said, “The nice thing is that everybody likes to receive a gift. So, when their package arrives, they’re just glowing, they’re happy to see you, and it’s a nice feeling to know that this person wants me to come to see them and deliver their package.”

HoneyBaked Ham

Do not underestimate the power of ham, especially around the holiday season. Hundreds of thousands of hams are ordered from this company each year, if not millions, and it takes a lot of hands on deck in order to accommodate such a large number of orders. Monster reports that they hire up to 12,000 seasonal workers each year. And working there might be a really great stepping stone for you as the company is really focused on not just giving employees a job but tailoring their experience so that they really get something out of it.

As their website says, “Part of our great culture is nurturing an environment where our associates can develop in their strength areas and grow in their personal and professional development. We have many career success stories where hourly field associates have gone on to multi-until and corporate leadership positions. We are looking for talented individuals to join our team.”

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Amazon

Last holiday season, Amazon hired more than 120,000 seasonal workers. 120,000 workers! That is a huge amount of seasonal workers, so there is no reason that you should not try and slip your application in to be considered for such a large pool of jobs. All you need to be eligible for such a position is to be over the age of 18 and have a high school diploma, GED, or another equivalent. The majority of college students should fit the criteria, so you are already halfway there!

Amazon also usually hires in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

In a press release, Mike Roth, Amazon Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment said, “Last year alone, more than 14,000 seasonal employees stayed on in regular, full-time positions after the holidays and we expect to increase that number this year,” so you have a pretty good chance of retaining such a position if you want to!

Target

Target is a staple shopping stop for many college students, so why not work for a store and company you adore? In 2016, they hired more than 75,000 workers to work the holiday season. Last year, this is what the company’s chief stores officer, Janna Potts, had to say:

The Target team is famous for serving up exceptional shopping experiences. We can’t wait to welcome new seasonal team members on board to help us make the holidays extra bright for our guests. And new this year, all of our 1,800 stores will host dedicated hiring events in October, meeting with thousands of prospective candidates in just 48 hours.”

These events will likely be springing up soon this fall too, so keep an eye out for that!

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