Even if there are only a few weeks of seasonal work available at these stores, they have hired thousands this holiday season and you never know if college kids need to go back to school - leaving a position for you. My point is that if you are willing to take something it can be a step to something else. Working even for the holidays is better than sitting at home.
WAL-MART (WMT) - Multinational retailer that runs chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores.
*Plans to hire more than 50,000 seasonal workers for holidays (slightly up from last year)
*Top Jobs: Sales Associates, Customer Service
*Hiring seasonal associates started in October and will continue through December. Also offering more hours to existing associates.
*Company does see some associates stay on after the holidays.
*Operates more than 4,000 stores in the U.S. and employs about 1.4 million people nationwide. It is the nation's largest private employer.
*Find out more info at http://careers.walmart.com/
SHUTTERFLY - Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service, known mostly for its photo book line.
*Will hire close to 2,000 seasonal jobs
*Specifically looking to hire in its Phoenix Charlotte plants
*Top Jobs: Manufacturing, Customer Service
*There is an opportunity for some of the seasonal positions to become full-time positions
*Find out more info at http://www.shutterfly.com/about/positions.jsp
H&R BLOCK (HRB) – The world’s largest tax services provider.
*Hires approximately 100,000 year-round, but the peak hiring season is Oct-Jan
*Top Jobs: Tax Professionals, Client Service Leaders, Client Service Professionals, Customer Care positions, Technical Support and Marketing Coordinators.
*Most seasonal positions remain seasonal based on the type of work being done and when the work is needed,
*Hiring slows down by the middle of January, but ramps back up again after tax season ends in April.
*Prepares one in every seven U.S. tax returns and has a retail office within 5 miles of most Americans
*Find out more info at http://www.hrblock.com/career/
NESTLE TOLLHOUSE CAFÉ – Franchised cafés that serve many Nestlé branded products (like cookies, NesCafe, as well as other original products).
*Approximately 400 new positions for end of 2012
*Top Jobs: Front Line Team Members, Samplers for the Santa Experience, and Cake Decorators
*Can make anywhere between $8-$10 an hour – depending on experience and work history
*Seasonal hiring ends at end of Dec when traffic tapers off (as school goes back in session) but positions can become full-time
*Started with a single café in August 2000
*Has been ranked #1 in category by Entrepreneur Magazine and Franchise 500
*Find more info at www.nestlecafefranchise.com
THE CONTAINER STORE – A specialty retail chain that sells storage solutions for home and office
*Hiring over 1400 total -- 600 seasonal sales positions across 58 stores, plus an additional 15 transition team members per store (total of 870).
*Top Jobs: Sales & Transition Team Members
*Sales positions go through Feb 15th and Transition Team Positions are hired from Dec 16-Jan 7. Season hires could turn into more permanent opportunities.
*Generally pay our salespeople 50-100% higher than industry average & all receive a 40% merchandise discount & a 50% discount on elfa products
*Fortune's list of "100 Best Places to Work in America" for past 13 years
*Find more info at http://www.containerstore.com/careers/index.html
Cheryl Casone joined FOX Business Network (FBN) in September 2007 as an anchor. She also serves as a financial contributor on FOX News Channel (FNC), and provides weekly job reports.