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These Companies Are Hiring Seasonal Workers for the 2019 Holidays With Better Pay & Perks

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Looking for seasonal employment?

This week, Target and UPS revealed their holiday hiring plans. Between the two companies, they’re expected to hire a combined 230,000 seasonal workers in the coming months. 😱 Amazon also announced plans to recruit tens of thousands of seasonal workers for the holidays, while Kohl’s has been recruiting seasonal workers since July.

If you’re looking for seasonal employment to help pay the bills or fund your own holiday shopping, the following companies are four of the nation’s largest seasonal employers trying to attract workers with competitive pay & perks.

3 Target team members

1. Target hiring over 130,000 seasonal employees.

Target is planning to hire more than 130,000 employees to fill seasonal positions. The company expects to hire 125,000 seasonal team members across its 1,800 stores nationwide, with all positions starting at $13 an hour or more. Target is also planning to hire about 8,000 seasonal team members at its 39 distribution and fulfillment centers across the country

In addition to Target’s competitive wages, all hourly team members (including seasonal hires) enjoy a range of benefits, like a 10% discount, 20% discount on select wellness products, holiday pay, and flexible scheduling.

If you’re interested in applying for a seasonal position at Target, visit the Target Careers page to view the available positions and to begin the application process. You can also stop by your local store or distribution center to apply in person, or attend one of the in-store seasonal hiring events on October 11-13.

UPS truck delivering in snow

2. UPS hiring 100,000 seasonal workers.

UPS announced plans this week to hire about 100,000 seasonal workers to manage nearly twice as much daily shipping demand from November 2019 to January 2020. The full- and part-time positions include package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers.

Last year, seasonal workers made an average of $10.10 per hour. This year, pay will start at $14 an hour. For truck drivers, it can go up to $30 an hour (or even more in competitive labor markets)! In addition to attractive hourly pay rates, eligible seasonal employees who are students can earn up to $1,300 toward college expenses through UPS’s Earn and Learn program.

In the past, about 35% of seasonal workers went on to become permanent employees of UPS after their seasonal employment came to an end. Even Chairman and CEO David Abney started his UPS career as a part-time employee!

Interested applicants should apply at They can also watch for news of local employment fairs at UPS locations in their area.

Amazon Fulfillment Associate

3. Amazon hiring tens of thousands of seasonal employees.

While Amazon hasn’t released any official numbers yet, the company says it plans to hire “tens of thousands” of seasonal workers this year. In 2018, Amazon hired around 100,000 employees for the holiday season. The company’s minimum wage for U.S. employees is $15 an hour.

If you’re hoping to secure a seasonal job with Amazon, the company has said previously that your best chance of getting hired is to familiarize yourself with Amazon’s 14 leadership principles and be prepared to discuss how you demonstrate those values. Visit to learn more or to search for job openings in your area.

Kohls associates

4. Kohl’s hiring thousands of seasonal workers.

Although Kohl’s has yet to announce how many seasonal employees it will be hiring this year, the company hired more than 90,000 seasonal workers in 2018. Kohl’s began this year’s seasonal recruiting efforts across 500 stores in July, with more openings posted in August. Beginning in October, the company will hire even more seasonal employees to expand its digital ordering pilot program.

While hourly pay varies, Kohl’s associates are all offered a 15% Kohl’s discount, flexible scheduling, and weekly paychecks. Visit to learn more about seasonal employment with Kohl’s or to search for job opportunities in your area.

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Comments 26

  1. Ashley

    I work for Kohl’s. Don’t expect to be paid higher like target but we do get an awesome discount. We get to stack friends and family coupons so we get 20%+20%+15% off or 25%+25%+15% off and then right before Christmas we get 35% off everything no exclusions including Nike, electronics, Adidas etc

    • Leslie

      Don’t forget to tell everyone that the 35% off weekend occurs 3 times a year. Of course right before Christmas. But also in April and October. I really like working at Kohls

      • PrincessMom

        Wow, I’m seriously thinking I should apply there now! Second to groceries, most of my money is spent at Kohl’s! lol

  2. Rachel

    Hi Ladies, I’m looking for a Job for my daughter! She is in High School and is 16 years old. Any suggestions?? 💡

    • Monique

      The mall places like Claire’s hot topic ect hire 16 year olds

    • Ang

      Restaurants that don’t serve alcohol usually hire 16+. Try Denny’s, friendly’s, or pizza places 🙂

    • Cakes

      Some retailers at our Outlets hire 16-year-olds. Chick-Fil-A & Dairy Queen hire 16-year-olds.

    • M

      My first job when I was in high school was Jamba Juice

    • k80

      At 16 i got my first job at DD in RI & friends got jobs at friendlys. A friend just got her 16 yr old daughter a job at Publix. Its possible to get decent jobs young. Its even more possible if mom & or dad know a manager or something. From exp i know this hee hee

    • Barbara P

      JCPenney hires at 16 and Target

    • Mwmom

      Our kids have worked at our local recreation center as referees and desk help which has been fun and great hours.

    • Susan

      My 17 yr old applied everywhere like target taco bell etc. No one called. She got hired on the spot at Smith’s as a courtesy clerk. Pay sucks at $7.25 an hour but she’s getting experience.
      So have your 16 yr old try grocery stores as a courtesy clerk.

  3. M

    I worked one season for Kohl’s and it sucked! They don’t allow you to wear comfortable sneakers. Way too much merchandise to be organized. This was 5 years ago.

    • Cat

      Sounds like a job.

    • Beth

      They do now! The footwear policy changed this summer. You can wear tennis shoes. And, you can now wear jeans. All day. Every day. I work there and love it!

  4. MIKA

    Any of these companies have part time online positions?

  5. Nicole

    Other perks of ups would be you can cancel your gym membership for 2 months. I lost 30lbs during peak and more after since I stayed. My husband lost 85 and looks like a body builder from unloading. Plus some of the best healthcare in our area that they pay 100 percent of.

    • Amy

      100% healthcare? You’ve got my attention! Is this only for full time, permanent employees or also available to part time,seasonal?

      • patricia

        I have been with UPS for 11 years. I am not sure when nee employees get onsurance with the new contract, but I am part time and have free insurance for me and my husband. It is not a job for everybody,it is a rough ,fast moving environment.

      • Nicole

        Yes the company pays all of the premiums for medical, dental and eye. Ots for full or part time. I think you get it after 9 months of employment.

  6. Allison M. 🌸

    Bath & Body Works always hires seasonal workers. If you show up, do a good job, and make yourself available (days, nights, weekends), you might even get asked to stay on as a part-time employee once the holiday season ends. (I started there as seasonal help and ended up working there part-time for almost 8 years!)

    • lk

      A friend told me those boxes of candles are heavy. She lasted about a week.

      • hrosana


      • Allison M. 🌸

        There are SIX candles per box. Not heavy at all. 🤨

  7. CAkiwi519

    I enjoyed working at Kohl’s, but it pays minimum wage. They certainly don’t incentivize with pay.

  8. Dezi

    I worked at JCP during the holiday season and man, it was rough!!!! I was thankful for the job and the help that it provided during the holidays. But it was hard being away from the family and watching people tear apart the shelves and fight in the store over little things….then be rude to you at the register over certain discounts they were supposed to get. I remember on Thanksgiving night, all shelves were completely clear because EVERYTHING was on the floor. We spent the whole night (after closing) folding clothes and the managers were rushing us (because they didn’t want to pay overtime). It was an experience…..but one that I never wish to revisit LOL. Now…Hobby Lobby, I might not mind working there for seasonal hours!!!

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