How to get one of 140,000 seasonal jobs at Walmart and Target

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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on The Penny Hoarder.

In holiday hiring news, Target and Walmart plan to add a combined 140,000 temporary workers for the upcoming holiday shopping season. But if you had a Walmart holiday job last year and were planning to work there again this year, you shouldn’t necessarily count on it.

That’s because Walmart plans to hire just 40,000 workers this holiday season, far fewer than the 150,000 it hired for the holidays last year.

Meanwhile, Target plans to hire 100,000 seasonal workers for the holidays, the same number it hired for the 2021 shopping season.

When to apply?

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Both companies announced their hiring plans in late September. It is not clear when exactly the vacation hiring will begin. Target and Walmart say they will begin hiring seasonal workers after their current employees are given the chance to set their own holiday shifts.

“We will begin, as always, by offering additional hours to current associates who want them,” Walmart said in a statement. “After that, we will provide opportunities for those who want to earn extra money on a temporary basis.”

Where to apply?

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People interested in a holiday shift at Target should apply here.

Those interested in working the holiday shift at Walmart should follow the careers page on its website.

Seasonal work at Target

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Seasonal jobs at Target include a variety of store and distribution center roles.

Store roles include cashiers; general managers; Starbucks baristas; technology, style, grocery and beauty department employees; general merchandise partners; and racks. These in-store positions will be trained to staff shipping and handling orders.

Jobs at Target’s distribution centers include general warehouse workers, packers, and fulfillment center and operations workers. These positions require frequent lifting and carrying of items weighing up to 60 pounds.

Starting wages range from $15 to $24 an hour, Target said. On average, more than 30% of workers who are hired as seasonal workers stay on after vacation.

Seasonal job at Walmart

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Walmart will hire temporary help in three categories:

  • Seasonal Store Associates who work in-store as well as for Walmart pickup and delivery services
  • Customer service associates who work in a retailer’s customer call centers
  • Truck drivers full time

Walmart does not have a company-wide minimum wage, but says the U.S. average wage is more than $17 an hour.

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