Companies are already hiring seasonal workers for the 2019 holidays

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If you’re already worried about the costs of the upcoming holiday season and being able to afford presents, one way to make some extra cash is to pick up shifts as a seasonal worker.

Stores like Target, Kohl’s and even companies like Amazon and UPS all hire seasonal workers for what is their busiest time of the year. Between Target and UPS alone, they’ll be hiring a combined total of 230,000 seasonal workers nationwide. Other major companies announced plans for holiday hires as early as July.

Getty Images | Tom Pennington
Getty Images | Tom Pennington

Walmart has not yet said if it’ll be hiring extra help this year, but for the past few years, the company chose to give its regular workers more hours instead of hiring more people. Regional stores like supermarket chains usually also hire holiday help, so be on the lookout for those postings around your area.

Here’s a look at some of the larger companies that have already announced they will be hiring for the 2019 holiday season.


Target is planning to hire 130,000 employees to fill seasonal positions across its stores and supply chain. There’s a variety of skills needed for the jobs, from interacting with guests to making sure things run smoothly behind the scenes.

Around 125,000 of the jobs will be for seasonal team members at stores across the country, with all positions starting at $13 an hour or more. The retailer will also be hiring about 8,000 seasonal team members at its 39 distribution and fulfillment centers. Jobs at distribution and fulfillment centers include processing freight to stores and fulfilling orders.

Target employees receive a 10% discount at Target stores and online, plus an additional 20% discount off of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, Good & Gather Organic (foods), C9 Champion (activewear) and Up & Up tobacco cessation products.

To apply at a store or center near you, just visit Target’s careers page. You can also head to your local store or center to apply in person or attend an in-store seasonal hiring event. These are currently scheduled from Oct. 11-13 and Nov. 2-3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.

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Getty Images | Alex Wong


Kohl’s hasn’t yet said just how many people it plans on hiring, but the retailer hired around 90,000 seasonal workers last year.

The company does have some seasonal jobs already open on its website, including seasonal retail sales associates at multiple locations. For the retail sales associate position, you must be able to lift 50 pounds and spend up to 100% of work time standing or moving throughout the departments.

Hourly pay varies, but all associates will receive a 15% Kohl’s discount and weekly paychecks. Just visit Kohl’s online to learn more and apply for a job in your area.

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Amazon has also not released any hard numbers yet, but the online retail giant does have seasonal job openings posted on its website. Last year, the company hired around 100,000 employees at $15 an hour.

Jobs may be at fulfillment centers, sort centers, Amazon logistics’ delivery stations and other locations. Of course, you’ll need to live near one of these places, so these jobs won’t be as convenient to come by as those at Target or Kohl’s.

If you’re interested, you may first want to familiarize yourself with Amazon’s 14 leadership principles, then head to the website to apply.


If there’s any job you can be guaranteed will be busy during the holiday season, it’s that of UPS and FedEx drivers. With shipping demand pretty much doubling during the holidays, UPS has already announced it’ll be hiring around 100,000 seasonal workers from November 2019 to January 2020. Full- and part-time positions include package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers.

Pay for seasonal workers will start at $14 per hour and truck drivers may see as much as $30 per hour. You must be able to lift packages weighing up to 70 pounds.

If you’re interested in applying, just head to UPS’ website.

Stay tuned for any more companies that may announce holiday hiring as we inch closer to winter!

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