Metro Retailers Ramp Up Holiday Hiring - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Metro Retailers Ramp Up Holiday Hiring

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By Ron Marasco


If you're looking for some extra spending money during the holidays, it's not too late to start looking for that part-time job.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics says more than 700,000 jobs will be created this holiday season.
 Most retail outlets we spoke to still need workers to help with the holiday crunch.

"We're still looking to hire a lot more high-energy, fast-paced workers to join our crew for this holiday season," said Daryl Dell'Anno, store leader at the JC Penney in the Valley West Mall.

Reports say retail stores will hire more seasonal staffers during the holidays than last year.
One of those is Target, which plans to hire 80,000 to 90,000 more team members for the holiday rush.
"We're still bringing (applicants) in, trying to cycle as many people as we can, so that we can make sure we bring on great talent and have great people in our building," said Christopher Wilson, a manager at the Valley West Target. 

JC Penney at the Valley West Mall also needs workers.  They're hoping their new roaming check-out process, will not only attract more customers, but more employees in the next few weeks.
"You know, it's anybody who wants to have fun with customers, and has a high-energy level," said Dell'Anno.  "We have teachers who are looking to pick up some extra money and take advantage of our great discount this time of year as well."

Stores like Kohl's and Home Depot are also ramping up hiring.  Others like Sports Authority and Best Buy say they have what they need, but they seem to be the exception.

And for those who do land a holiday gig, you can't beat the perks.

"Twenty-five percent off for team members," said Dell'Anno.

"They get a 10% discount, which is awesome," said Wilson.  "And then when they sign up for the red card, you get another 5%.  So that's 15% off for all Target team members."
Other stores we spoke to that still need holiday help include Old Navy, KMart, The Gap, and Marshalls.


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