Hiring for the Ho-Ho-Holidays

With just weeks until Christmas and Hanukkah, retailers are looking to fill some holiday jobs.

By Kristie Borges
|  Monday, Oct 26, 2009  |  Updated 2:23 PM EDT
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Hiring for the Ho-Ho-Holidays

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Want to get a little extra cash this holiday season? If so, get ready retailers are hiring now.

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What’s your favorite part of the holiday season? Is it the crowds and shopping? If so, there’s a way you can get an extra buck while spending a few. 

Holiday hiring is in full swing. It is a balancing act: retailers need to hire enough employees to keep the customers happy, but not too many that the profits get eaten up.
 
In Connecticut, Macy’s is hiring 600 seasonal employees. The retail giant is looking to fill jobs at two warehouse locations in the state.
 
The seasonal associates would be filling internet orders for Macys.com and Bloomingdales.com. 
 
These jobs pay $8.50 an hour and up. And as an added benefit, seasonal associates are eligible for Macy’s employee discounts. 
 

Macy’s says you should apply online at

macysjobs.com

or visit the onsite job fairs. Those are scheduled for every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 475 Knotter Drive in Cheshire.

 
For other holiday jobs, web site snagajob.com found that retailers on average plan to hire 3.1 seasonal employees this year, that’s 16% fewer than last year. Snagajob.com says remember its not just the mall that’s hiring, you should check out hotels and restaurants as well.
 
One more tip:  Remember you’ll probably need to be flexible, since lots of holiday jobs require weekends and nights.
 
Stores like to hire seasonal employees early so they are trained and ready to go by Thanksgiving. 

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