Local businesses gearing up for holiday hiring

By: Taylor Temby Email
By: Taylor Temby Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – 'Tis the holiday season. Well, almost. But the fourth quarter is on the minds of many local businesses.

As fall quickly approaches, local businesses are gearing up for some of their busiest months of the year.

Businesses like Kohl's and Herberger's are anticipating more seasonal hires this year, while others say they'll have close to the same number of temporary hires this year compared to last.

"We're getting ready to gear up for Christmas," Grand Junction Enstrom retail area manager Charlene Watson said. "It’s our busiest time of year, probably, I’d say, 90-95 percent of our business is done during the holiday season."

Whether it's for Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas shopping, many companies like to bulk up the help for their busiest months.

"I do anticipate we'll probably see an increase in some of those seasonal positions as this month progresses and into next month," Mesa County Workforce Center’s Suzie Miller said.

The Mesa County Workforce Center is offering its services to job seekers -- seasonal or full-time-- noting this time of year can still a very competitive job market.

"Our unemployment rate remains relatively high; it's higher than the state and national average," Miller said.

The ambition of some applicants is already showing. Cabela's seasonal hiring has already been going strong for a month, with HR seeing more than 200 applications.

"We need to be able to fill the spaces; we need to make sure customers aren't just lingering around with no one to talk to," Cabela’s retail market manager Lauren Truitt said.

Though interviewing and hiring has started, many will continue to fill jobs added throughout the holiday season.

"As sales start to continue, we'll fill more and more of those positions," Truitt said.

While these hirees are expected to stay about the same or increase slightly from last year, some are hopeful it's a sign the economy may finally be stabilizing.

"I probably will hire about the same number of people,” Watson said. "I don't know, we see little improvements here and there, so I’m sure hopeful for [a stable economy]."

Some businesses like Enstrom encourage applicants to apply online. The downtown store reserves a computer for applicants.

The Workforce Center says there are also new businesses opening up like TJ Maxx that are looking to do more permanent hiring right now.

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