Written by Dan Fastenberg
It's not even Halloween yet, but this is America, and so that means the holiday season is already underway. And with the unemployment rate still stuck at 7.3 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many workers will be looking for holiday jobs in addition to gifts. Luckily for them 39 percent of retailers plan to hire seasonal workers for the holiday season this year, a three point jump from 2012, according to a CareerBuilder survey. (CareerBuilder is an AOL Jobs partner.)
The survey was based on interviews with 2,099 hiring managers and was conducted by Harris Interactive. And according to Brent Rasmussen, the president of CareerBuilder North America, the new jobs may provide workers with cheer even after the last tinsel disappears. "Nearly half (49 percent) of U.S. employers who are hiring seasonal workers plan to transition some into full-time, permanent staff," he said.
Not every forecast for this year's holiday hiring has been as bullish. As AOL Jobs reported, a separate study from the Chicago-based employment consulting firm, Challenger, Gray & Christmas said retailers will be hiring 700,000 temporary workers for the Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 holiday season this year, which marks a seven percent drop-off from last year. The Challenger survey found an inability to fully shake off the doubt and uncertainty from the financial crisis.
All studies, however, agree there will be plenty of jobs for the taking. So where will they be? See below for 12 companies that will be hiring.
Sample jobs: Regional truck driver, Bulk transport truck driver,
Find a job now with A&R Transport. Click here.
Industry: Retail (multimedia entertainment)
Sample jobs: Customer service associate, consumer electronics manager
Find a job now with Hastings Entertainment. Click here.
Sample jobs: Teacher, assistant, site director, center director, area manager
Find a job now with Knowledge Universe. Click here.
4. Melrose Family Fashions (United Fashions of Texas)
Sample jobs: Sales associate
Find a job now with Melrose Family Fashions. Click here.
Sample jobs: Merchandising specialist
Find a job now with Mosaic Sales Solutions. Click here.
Sample job titles: Regional truck driver, local truck driver, owner operator
Find a job now with Premier Transportation. Click here.
Industry: Call center, customer service
Sample jobs: customer service representative (entry level, work from home), bilingual Spanish-English customer service
Find a job now with Sykes Home Powered by Alpine Access. Click here.
Sample jobs: Senior mortgage lender, bank teller, financial consultant
Find a job now with Talmer Bank and Trust. Click here.
Sample jobs: Retail store manager, barista, tea associate
Find a job now with Teavana. Click here.
10. The Limited
Industry: Women's apparel
Sample jobs: Sales associate, stock associate, floorset associate
Location: New Albany, Ohio
Find a job now with The Limited. Click here.
Sample jobs: Production, forklift, picker/packer, machine operator
Find a job now with the Select Family of Staffing Companies. Click here.
Sample jobs: Account manager, logistics coordinator, intermodal manager
Find a job now with XPO Logistics Inc. Click here.