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Temp positions include work-at-home offerings

Target/Williams Sonoma/Holiday hiring update

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The holiday shopping season is upon us, and employers are hiring extra help — some offering new employee perks.

There’s more news on the holiday hiring front: Retailer Williams Sonoma says it is hiring work-at-home seasonal customer service representatives, and big-box discounter Target is hiking its minimum wage for employees.

Williams Sonoma’s full-time customer service posts pay at least $11/hour and include a 40 percent merchandise discount. In some cases, potential employees must live within an hour and a half of a customer service center for training purposes, although they can work at home. More information is available on the Williams Sonoma website.

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Target, meanwhile, announced it would raise its minimum wage to $11/hour from the current $10/hour. Company officials said the raise would apply to the approximately 100,000-holiday workers that Target plans to hire.

Other major companies planning to hire this holiday season, according to employment site, include:

  • Department store chain Nordstrom, which plans to pick up about 11,400 temporary employees
  • Amazon, which will add 120,000 jobs in customer fulfillment and service
  • JCPenney, which plans to add 40,000 workers to its department stores and online department
  • The United States Postal Service, which plans to add 35,000 to 40,000 seasonal workers for a variety of posts

Holiday hiring announcements have averaged a little more than 600,000 per year since 2012, according to global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.  

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