Retail giants looking to fill spots for seasonal employment

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Thanksgiving is two and half weeks away, but holiday decorations are already on display in stores for Christmas which is just 48 days away.  Many retailers have even gotten a jump on hiring for seasonal employment by hosting job fairs.

Local big box retailers such as Dillard’s and Nordstrom held seasonal job fairs. But if you weren’t able to apply, don’t worry because there are still a few local retailers looking to hire qualified candidates.

Gameworks at Town Square is looking to fill positions.
 
“We tend to start hiring for the holidays right after Halloween and then we hire through until Thanksgiving,” said Gameworks Las Vegas, Director of Sales Samantha Birsen.
 
But if you’re looking for a quick gig to score some holiday cash job source centers–like Nevada JobConnect–say your timeline is getting down to the wire.
 
“Job fairs are kind of probably done, but you can still go individually to the retailers,” said Business Service Manager Ben Daseler for Southern Nevada’s JobConnect.

Retailers like Williams-Sonoma say it’s steadily looking for employees ahead of the holiday season.
 
“We’re hiring like crazy right now,” said the retail store’s Recruiting Manager Josh Layton.
 
The Williams-Sonoma call care center in Summerlin has been hiring seasonal workers since August but say the last deadline to apply for holiday employment ends soon.
 
“Just in Vegas alone, we’re hiring 80 people in the next week and a half,” Layton said.
 
The National Retail Federation estimates holiday shopping for November and December to increase 3.6 percent, expecting retailers to reel in an estimated $655.8 billion in sales across the country.
 
For many local retailers, that means more staff are necessary to meet the demand of shoppers.
 
“I mean that’s one of the big reasons we have such a seasonal push is because retail business is huge right now for us and we’re hiring 15 percent more people than we hired last year,” said Layton.
 
Last year retailers across the country brought on more than 675,000 temporary positions.  This year the National Retail Federation estimates between 640,000-690,000 temporary workers will be hired.
 
Employers, 8 News NOW spoke with said those seasonal jobs, don’t always stay temporary.
 
“If they’re an exceptional employee, seasonal does not stay ‘seasonal. We definitely make an effort to keep a lot of our team members,” said Birsen.

Recruiting Manager, Layton, of Williams-Sonoma agrees.

“We typically look into our seasonals in preparation for those full-time opportunities post-season. Usually, about 10-15 percent of our top performers are going to be given an opportunity post-season to move on forward with us.”

Williams-Sonoma Customer Relations in Summerlin will host an additional holiday hiring event Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. at Workforce Connections located at 6330 West Charleston Blvd., Ste. #150, Las Vegas.

The incentive of some extra holiday cash isn’t the only benefit for new employees.

“We offer one of the hands down best retail discounts I’ve ever seen,” said Layton. “Forty percent off to our employees included those seasonal hires as well.”

Nevada JobConnect told 8 News NOW there is one more holiday hiring fair for Clark County later in the week.  It will be held at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino.

Williams-Sonoma Las Vegas says they hope to have final holiday applications by Friday, Nov. 11 so that holiday employees can participate in the final training for holiday workers on Nov. 14.

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