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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.

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 Monster.com, 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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