Tis’ the season that businesses are increasing their staff numbers and gearing up for the holidays. Although students may begin as a seasonal employee, chances are if they do well, they may be hired permanently.

“With the freight industry, we usually don’t have seasonal help,” Tabitha Hendricks, United Parcel Service Freight Operations Clerk, said.

This could be a direct cause of business moving at a slow rate for the freight department to not participate in hiring seasonal help.

“The end of October to the middle of January is the slowest time of the year, but if you’re hired – you’re in,” Hendricks said.

Though UPS freight is totally different from UPS package services because the holidays are UPS package services busiest time of year, due to small packages, any position with UPS pays well says Hendricks.

To apply for a position go to www.ups.com. UPS freight is hiring for a dock position or an office clerk in the billing department. Neither position requires experience. Students can be trained and receive certifications as well.

Shifts vary from 2a.m.-10a.m. and 4:30p.m. to 9p.m.

Target began their hiring for holiday help during the last week of October. Students can benefit from employment at Target with medical insurance (if students are employed from six months to a year), to simple things like discounts they can use toward computers, and cell phone expenses.

“They give students flexible hours to allow students to go to school and work,” Ivan Torres, sophomore, said.

With extra hours available during the holidays it helps students buy gifts, he said.

Torres is an Electronics Specialist at the Tyler store location. He advises students who would like to become permanent to show initiative on getting their job done, put extra effort into their work, and ask customers, “Can I help you find something.”

Things aren’t much different at Toys “R” Us. They are planning to hire approximately 35,000 people for seasonal help nationwide.

“We’re expecting this to be another busy holiday shopping season at Toys “R” Us stores across the country,” Katie Reczek, Corporate Communications at Toys “R” Us, said.

Interviewing for holiday positions at Toys “R” Us began at the end of September and new hires started working in early October.

“Hiring continues to build throughout the holiday season right up to Christmas, and we are still looking to hire seasonal employees in our Tyler store,” Reczek said. “Those interested in applying for a position in any of our stores visit www.ruscareers.com,” she said.

Toys “R” Us offers seasonal positions for all job functions and shifts in their stores from sales to stocking shelves.

“Candidates should know that working in a Toys “R” Us store during the holiday shopping season is exciting, fun and fast- paced,” Reczek said.

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