Entries in Seasonal Employment (3)


Kohl's to Add Over 50,000 Seasonal Jobs

Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the holiday shopping season approaches, job seekers across the country hope retailers are ready to ramp up hiring. Fortunately for them, Kohl's Department Stores isn't wasting any time.

Kohl's says it expects to hire more than 50,000 people this holiday season. That's 10 percent more than it added to its payrolls last year during retailers' busiest months.

The Wisconsin-based department store chain has 1,146 stores in 49 states, and plans to hire an average of 41 workers per store.  An additional 5,700 seasonal employees will be hired at Kohl's distribution centers while the chain's credit operation will add 30 new employees.

The company says it is offering part-time positions ranging from a few hours to more than 20 hours per week.

Job hopefuls should hurry, though. The company started hiring this month and expects to fill most positions by mid-November.

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Spring to Bring Influx of Temporary Jobs

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With unemployment nationwide inching towards double-digits and showing no signs of letting up, retailers will have a large pool to choose from for seasonal hires. While seasonal jobs are traditionally thought of as part-time positions opened during the holidays -- when traditional retailers are busiest -- spring is the hottest season for many other industries.

-- Landscaping: As the weather improves, consumers spend money to improve their yards. Home improvement companies need workers to handle the rush.  Home Depot announced that it will hire 60,000 seasonal workers, and Lowe's will bring in some 50,000 seasonal hires.  In both cases, the positions last about 90 days, depending on region, and some people will be able to stay on based largely on performance -- the store's and their own.

If Home Depot needs workers for its garden departments, it's a sure bet that local businesses -- from nurseries, lawn care, and landscaping business to stores selling and servicing barbecues -- are ramping up, too, and will need seasonal employees.

-- Taxes: The giants like H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt have done the majority of their seasonal hiring for tax time, but opportunities still do exist especially for support staff throughout the country.

National staffing firm Accountemps says many tax prep firms wait to add staff into March, and they hire for everything from telesales, which is calling former clients to ask them to come back to have their taxes prepared, to bilingual tax preparers (especially Spanish speakers) and tax preparers who are certified and registered with the IRS.

-- Sports and recreation: While there's still snow on the ground in some parts of the country, amusement parks, such as Six Flags, Hershey Park, and Disney World, among others, need seasonal employees.

City, state, and national parks and local recreation programs are hiring now for spring break and they're getting ready for the summer, too.

Also, event staff companies are hiring part-timers now, from vendors in ballparks to security in convention centers and everything in-between.´╗┐

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Spring 2011 Seasonal Employment Opportunities

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Most people think of seasonal hiring as taking place during the holidays or the summer.  The truth is that spring is the busiest time of the year for many industries and the need for seasonal help is great.

"As the weather improves, everyone wants to get outside, which means we spend money to make our yard useable and beautiful," says Tory Johnson, CEO of Women for Hire and an ABC News contributor. "So home improvement companies need workers to handle the rush."

Home Depot has announced that it plans to hire 60,000 seasonal workers while Lowe's will bring in some 50,000 seasonal hires, Johnson said.  In both cases, the positions are set to last about 90 days depending on the region with some workers being asked to stay based on their performance.

Johnson also says that while most major tax preparation firms have completed their hiring, opportunities still exist for support staff.  Johnson suggests researching independent accounting firms as well.

Johnson recommends that job seekers looking for seasonal employment take their search beyond the job boards. 

"Use social media and read your local paper.  Post on your Facebook wall that you're looking for a sensational seasonal opportunity -- and ask your friends and followers for suggestions in your area," she says.

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