Macy’s Inc. has announced that it plans to hire approximately 80,000 seasonal associates for its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers nationwide for the 2012 holiday season. The company’s 2012 season hiring plan compares to approximately 78,000 in 2011 (an increase of about 2.5 percent).

“Macy’s traditionally implements one of the most robust holiday hiring programs in American retailing, and that will be the case again in 2012,” said Terry J. Lundgren, Macy’s Inc. chairman, president and CEO. “Hiring additional associates for holidays ensures that our customers are well-served in this busy shopping period–both on the sales floor and behind the scenes.
Moreover, our seasonal positions help a wide range of Americans earn extra money. In many cases, these are students working to help pay tuition, retirees seeking to remain active and individuals wanting to supplement their income.”

Most of the positions are part-time, often with flexibility to fit with the availability of the individuals hired. Many positions require the applicant to work evenings, weekends or overnight. In some cases, temporary seasonal associates are offered open year-round positions based on their skills and performance over the holiday season.

Applications for seasonal positions at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s are being accepted at www.macysJOBS.com and www.bloomingdalesJOBS.com. Candidates who submit applications online will receive a response via email. Hiring for store sales positions will begin in mid-October. The company has already begun hiring for sales support positions, such as in distribution centers, call centers and store receiving.

Walmart has also announced that its bolstering its hiring this holiday season.
“The holidays are a special time of the year for everyone, and we are ready to help customers have a great shopping experience at Walmart, whether they are looking for the perfect gift or are stocking up for a memorable holiday meal,” said Gisel Ruiz, executive vice president and COO, Walmart U.S.
The company said it plans to offer more hours to existing associates and hire more than 50,000 seasonal associates to staff their stores.

“That means when a customer needs help, a Walmart associate will be there to serve them,” said Ruiz.

Applications for seasonal positions at Walmart Stores are being accepted at http://careers.walmart.com/SearchJob.aspx.