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Retailers Looking to Hire Ahead of Holiday Season

Seasonal Hiring

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Of course, the Holyoke Mall is calm now, but in a couple month, it’ll be bustling with shoppers scurrying to get holiday gifts.

“I, for one, am not ready to give up on summer yet, but anytime you put out those promotions early, it kind of gets people in the mood, gets them thinking. For the retailers for us, and the traffic, it’s a good thing, especially since we’re up against The Big E. That always cuts into our traffic,” said William Rogalski, General Manager at the Holyoke Mall.

Rogalski expects that things will pick back up after this weekend when The Big E ends.

Retailers usually start seasonal hiring in October, will be looking to fill some positions in time for the shopping season, when parents will be scouring the aisles for the toys their kids have been pining for.

However, Thanksgiving this year isn’t until November 28th, leaving only four weeks to families to get gifts.

While several retailers in the mall will be hiring, mall security won’t be one of those available positions. “The one thing that you’ll see us pick up on is hiring additional HPD patrols, we keep it at a very high level year round,” Rogalski added.

There are certainly opportunities elsewhere, so get your applications ready.

Target has 70,000 available openings. The retailer says they’ll be hiring about 18,000 less employees than they did last year, so their full time employees can reap the benefits of holiday pay.

In contrast, Walmart says they’ll be hiring about 55,000 new positions to help out with the holiday rush.

Snagajob, a company focused on part time and full time hourly jobs, found that 69 percent of retailers will hire seasonal holiday workers this year, up 6 percent from 2012.


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