LAS VEGAS - If you're looking for a job, many companies are currently hiring temporary, seasonal workers.
Many national retailers are hiring for the holidays, which is welcome news to the approximately 12.5 million people who are looking for work nationwide.
Toys R Us plans to hire 45,000 holiday workers. That is 5,000 more than last year. Approximately 250 of them will be hired in southern Nevada. Fifteen percent of those jobs could become permanent.
Macy's is hiring 80,000 temporary employees. One thousand, two hundred and 40 of those will be hired in southern Nevada.
Kohl's plans to hire more than 52,000 workers – an increase of 10 percent from 2011. A Kohl's spokesperson says the company hires an average of 41 workers per store during the holidays.
Walmart is looking to fill 50,000 seasonal jobs. Target plans to hire between 80,000 and 90,000 workers, which is slightly fewer than last year. Amazon.com meanwhile plans to hire 5,000 workers.
Other stores such as Dillard's and JC Penny will also be hiring holiday workers, although neither company released specific numbers.
Competition will be fierce for the holiday retail jobs opening in Las Vegas. An estimated 121,000 southern Nevadans are currently looking for work.
Employment experts advise applying early. Take a day to apply at every store at malls and strip malls, but don't stick exclusively to these areas. Grocery stores, restaurants, ski resorts and delivery businesses also hire seasonal workers.
After scoring an interview, send the interviewer a thank you card and follow up. Persistence is a positive quality, but don't pester potential employers. Applicants are advised to take shifts no one wants (i.e., overnights, weekends or early mornings).
Many retailers will hire the same seasonal employees every year. So once you're in, you could be in every season.