ROCKFORD - National retailers are announcing that they are "now hiring" for the busy holiday season, and the hiring craze is no different here in the Stateline. Big-box stores have hundreds of jobs available for the winter season; move over Halloween, the holiday shopping season is fast approaching.
"We're looking for
cashiers, sales floor positions and then also logistics which is stocking our
floor," said Sara McGrail, human resources director at Target's
"We currently have flyers that we're hanging out to all customers that are making a purchase, kind of like a bag-stuffer to get the word out that we will be hiring for the holiday season," said Carlos Stillwell, manager at Old Navy.
Both retailers say they offer competitive pay and the benefit of getting the employee discount at their respective stores.
Stillwell says his
store is hiring more people than they did last year for the holiday season. Despite Target's corporate office saying on a
whole they'll be hiring less than they did last year, the store in
"Early shifts in the morning have been our toughest position to fill," said Stillwell.
"The only area that we're struggling with is our overnight positions," said McGrail.
Some economists are claiming that people are waiting for a better job, that this could be a sign of a better economy. McGrail says she thinks this is business as usual.
"Our applicant flow has been just about the same as last year so I don't feel like that their mentality has changed," said McGrail.
All the potential
gifts bought at these retailers also have shipping companies getting ready for
the holiday gift shipping season. Both
UPS and FedEx say they're starting to hire for their season positions at both