Apply Now: 7 Places to Find a Job Today

What's Hot


The Most Sinful City in the U.S. Is … (Hint: It’s Not Vegas)Family

How a Mexican Tariff Will Boost the Cost of 6 Common PurchasesFamily

This Free Software Brings Old Laptops Back to LifeMore

How to Protect Yourself From the ‘Can You Hear Me?’ Phone ScamFamily

Report: Walmart to Begin Selling CarsCars

Where to Sell Your Stuff for Top DollarAround The House

Is Your TV Tracking You? Here’s How to Tell — and Prevent ItAround The House

11 Staging Tips to Help You Get Top Dollar When Selling Your HomeAround The House

21 Restaurants Offering Free Food Right NowSaving Money

20 Simple Hacks to Make Your Stuff Last LongerAround The House

4 Car Insurers That Might Raise Rates Even When the Accident Wasn’t Your FaultCars

How to Invest If Trump Kills the ‘Fiduciary Rule’Grow

12 Surprising Ways to Wreck Your Credit ScoreBorrow

9 Secret Ways to Use Toothpaste That Will Make You SmileAround The House

The 2 Types of Music That Most Improve Dog BehaviorFamily

Despite gloomy unemployment numbers, this is a great time to find a job. Here's where to apply.

Unemployed? Underemployed? Just looking for some extra cash? If so, you just might be in luck.

While economists expect the unemployment rate for September to increase slightly when it comes out on Friday, your odds of finding work are improving, because major retailers have already begun hiring temporary employees for the holiday season.

We’ve compiled a list of who’s hiring and how to apply. These seven stores alone plan to hire about 250,000 employees by December. (Last year, retailers hired 607,500 employees total during the holiday season, reports the National Retail Federation.)

Plus, your temporary job could become a permanent one. Simply Hired, a job search engine company, has advised employers to consider retaining top-performing seasonal employees.

Last year, Toys R Us retained about 15 percent of their holiday hires after the season ended. This year, the company says “high-performing” employees may again be able to turn their temporary job into a permanent one, thanks to “substantial growth opportunities available.”

Midwestern retailer Meijer has said the same: “While most of the seasonal opportunities are part-time, these jobs can provide a gateway to a full-time career at Meijer,” said spokesperson Jenny Hawat. “As we move into a new year, we frequently look to seasonal employees first to fill our on-going part-time and full-time needs.”

But don’t delay. Simply Hired also suggested that employers start hiring early so they’re stocked up on employees when holiday sales ramp up. So the sooner you start applying, the better your odds.

Bloomingdale’s

  • Positions to fill: About 80,000 (That figure includes positions at Macy’s, which is owned by the same parent company. This is an increase of 2,000 from last year.)
  • How to apply: Online

Crate & Barrel

Kohl’s

  • Positions to fill: More than 52,700 (4 percent more than last year), plus about 1,500 “regular” employees at 12 new stores across 10 states.
  • How to apply: Online

Macy’s

  • Positions to fill: About 80,000 (That figure includes positions at Bloomingdale’s – see above.)
  • How to apply: Online

Meijer

  • Positions to fill: 12,000
  • How to apply: Online, or complete an application at the employment kiosks located at the front of most stores.

Toys R Us

  • Positions to fill: 45,000 (5,000 more than last year)
  • How to apply: Online

Walmart

  • Positions to fill: More than 50,000
  • How to apply: Online

Karla Bowsher covers consumer, retail, and health issues. If you have a comment, suggestion, or question, leave a comment or contact her at [email protected].

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!

💰🗣📰

Read Next: 21 Restaurants Offering Free Food Right Now

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,772 more deals!