Kohl’s already hiring for the holidays

By JobsFOXBusiness

Christmas in July really does exist this year, thanks to Kohl’s department store.

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The retailer announced on Wednesday that it has opened up its application process for seasonal positions at more than 300 of its 1,100 stores across the country.

But it’s not just looking for workers for the holiday shopping months, but it’s also staffing up for the back-to-school rush.

The early push to grab talent comes as multiple retailers such as Walmart, Target and Macy’s struggle to find good and qualified workers in the current labor market. The Labor Department reported the number of unemployed workers was less than the number of job openings in April -- the first time that has happened since the department started collecting data in 2000.

"We are hiring seasonal associates earlier than ever to ensure our teams are fully staffed, trained and ready to support peak shopping seasons," Ryan Festerling, executive vice president of human resources at Kohl's, said in a statement.

Kohl’s also said it will offer its seasonal workers competitive wages and a 15% discount on purchases, as well as a special “associate shop” days for other savings. Additionally, it's offering current employees the opportunity to increase their hours as well.

Bob Phibbs, CEO of New York-based consultancy the Retail Doctor, told FOX Business the move to beef up staff earlier is a “sea change” in the way department stores are looking at employees now.

“A fully staffed store combined with proper retail sales training is the most powerful way to differentiate yourself, particularly when you’re competing with the cold, online experience offered by Amazon. I’ve seen this in practice with my clients, who have lifted their average sales by 20% because of comprehensive retail sales training. Hiring the best people and training them well is a long process, so Kohl's is smart in moving ahead on hiring their seasonal employees now,” Phibbs said.