LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Kentuckiana residents are getting an early holiday gift that will likely be useful considering the economy we are in.
WAVE 3 is working for you finding area businesses hiring for the holiday season. For many, it may be too early for Christmas, but not for retailers. If you are out of work, there are many seasonal jobs out there waiting for you.
"A lot of people are looking for just something for some extra income," said Josh Fields, JC Penney assistant manager.
At JC Penney, they are already gearing up for the holiday rush. The retailer will be hiring 160 seasonal employees between their Mall St. Matthews and Jefferson Mall locations.
"Mainly part time help flexible hours mainly looking for selling associates as well as support associates," said Fields.
JC Penney isn't alone. Stores like Kohl's and Toys R Us are also looking to fill jobs during the holidays. With unemployment at ten percent in Bullitt County, Zappos in Shepherdsville is hiring 3,000 temporary workers. Meijer in Jeffersonville is also looking to fill jobs.
"We have opportunities all throughout our store ranging from bakery to cake decorators, meat cutters cashiers third shift stocking," said Kenneth Morin, Meijer manager.
For most of the jobs you can apply in store and online.
"Really people who have a good smile and can interact with people and can handle multi task under pressure especially when it gets busier in the November and December time," said Fields.
How do you get one of those seasonal jobs and then outshine everyone else to keep it? Experts say you should treat it like a traditional job search. Meijer's Morin said his store kept several employees that were hired as seasonal help last year.
"If you're going to go in as seasonal employee but your ultimate goal is to be hired by the company, then you want to approach it from that stand point," said Manpower's Delia Postell.