Holiday shoppers are expected to spend $678.75 billion for their celebrations, an increase of about 4 percent over last year, the National Retail Federation estimated in early October.
But how can we pay for all those presents, turkeys and ironically ugly sweaters?
A number of companies in the D.C. area are hiring. Below, we've rounded up some places where D.C.-area residents can look for a holiday season job.
Macy’s Inc. plans to hire about 80,000 seasonal associates for positions at its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers during the holiday season.
The family-run orchard in Germantown, Maryland is seeking cashiers, hosts, parking lot attendants, cooks and more to round out their staff during the busy season. Their company mission is to provide “good, green fun and local produce.” Interested applicants can download an application here.
Target is hiring at many of their 1,800+ stores. The corporate giant seeks seasonal employees to help keep their stores clean and to assist customers in completing their holiday shopping. Employees get the additional benefit of a 10 percent discount in stores and online. Go here for more information and to apply.
UPS expects to hire about 95,000 people to drive and handle packages in the weeks before and immediately after the holiday season. Bonuses are available for temporary employees who volunteer for night shifts, and the company notes that many senior executives started in package handling roles. Apply here.
FedEx also plans to hire tens of thousands of temporary employees for their seasonal rush. Positions will include package handlers, drivers and other support positions. Those interested in applying can go here for more information.
Amazon.com Inc. said it would hire 120,000 workers in the United States this holiday season to prepare for the seasonal frenzy. The positions will be available at more than 75 fulfillment centers across the country to help pack and ship holiday orders. The company also said that many of these positions would turn into full-time gigs. As of Tuesday, Oct. 18, positions were available in Springfield VA and in Rockville, MD. For applications, go here.
Toys “R” Us
Despite declaring bankruptcy on Sept. 18, Toys “R” Us is still looking to hire seasonal employees for the 2017 holiday rush. Interviews have already begun in distribution centers and will continue through Christmas. Interviews for in-store positions started in September and will also continue well into December. For more information, and to apply, click here.