Retailers hiring now for holidays

Seasonal jobs expected to outpace last year

SAN ANTONIO - 'Tis the season to be job-hunting because retailers, anticipating a better holiday season than in recent years, have hung up the "Elves Wanted" signs.

It's good news for people needing extra jingle in their pockets. More seasonal jobs will be available this year than in recent years, according to a survey by Snagajob.

"We've already seen an increase in applications, and we started screening through our applications to start our interview process to get ready for the holidays," said Fernanda Anzek, manager of the Target store at San Pedro and Bitters.

She said the stores would be hiring all kinds of positions including cashier, sales floor, backroom stocking and logistics.

Where are the jobs? Think Santa Claus.

Toys R Us announced it will hire 45,000 holiday employees, up about 5,000 from last year. The company said nearly 200 of those jobs would be in San Antonio.

Kohls announced it would hire more than 52,000 seasonal workers, up 10 percent from last year. Walmart's number is 50,000 seasonal workers and Target estimated hiring between 80,000 and 90,000.

Positions are part-time and full-time and have the potential of becoming permanent jobs sales demand it.

Most retailers have their seasonal workforce on board by late October.

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