Seasonal Hiring in Full Swing

Retailers and shipping companies are looking to fill thousands of positions for the holiday season.

The seasonal hiring frenzy continues with employers hoping to fill thousands of jobs ahead of the holiday rush, including UPS, which held nearly 170 job fairs around the country on Friday.

In a one-day hiring blitz, the UPS aimed to hire 40,000 seasonal employees.

UPS officials said they are looking for about 500 seasonal hires in Hartford and about 2,000 across the state.

"Me and my girl came this morning over here after we dropped the kids off at school, and they gave me my interview," said Miguel Burgos of Hartford.

The full and part-time positions include package handlers, drivers and drivers-helpers, paying anywhere between $10.35 an hour to $30.

"I have bills and I have responsibilities and I’m a student," said Erica Clarke, also of Hartford.

And with just weeks until Black Friday retailers such as Nordstrom are ramping up their staff.

"I call it our Super Bowl because that’s when we have the most foot traffic and we need to be prepared," said Thao Nguyen, Human Resources Coordinator at Nordstrom Westfarms.

Nordstrom Westfarms hoped to fill 25 positions on Friday, ranging from sales to beauty.

"We have these hiring events because we definitely strive for diversity and we want to see what types of talent is out there," said Nguyen.

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