Seasonal hiring is underway in Southern California, so if you’re out of work you’ll likely be able to snag one of these jobs.
UPS plans to hire 95,000 seasonal workers including 4,300 in the Los Angeles area. The hiring will take place at 10 Southland, locations including the UPS Main Street Facility at 1800 N. Main St. in Los Angeles, the UPS Van Nuys Facility at 16000 Arminta St. in Van Nuys, and the UPS San Gabriel Facility at 1100 Baldwin Park Blvd. in Baldwin Park. More information is available at UPSjobs.com.
The company’s tractor-trailer driver and package-car driver jobs start at $18.75 an hour and package handlers and driver helpers will pull down $10.15 an hour.
UPS has stressed that a part-time or seasonal job is often a foot in the door to a career with the company.
CEO David Abney said that from the 2012 through 2014 holiday seasons more than 37 percent of the people UPS hired for seasonal package handler jobs wound up with permanent jobs after the holidays were over.
J.C. Penney is also on the hunt for holiday help. They’re looking to hire 40,000 seasonal employees, including 1,150 in the Los Angeles area. “Cheery local associates” are needed for a variety of customer service and support positions, the company said. The jobs include cashiers, replenishment specialists and merchandise support specialists, among others.
I’m not exactly sure how “cheery” some applicants might be if they’ve been out of work for a few months — or in some cases more than a year. But I’m sure they’d be glad to have money coming in.
J.C. Penney said its seasonal employees will get a discount of up to 25 percent off on company merchandise as well as flexible holiday scheduling.
Toys R Us is also hiring 2,700 people in the Los Angeles area and Target plans to add 70,000 retail workers for the holidays this year as well as 7,500 people at its distribution facilities.
Other major retailers have yet to announce their 2016 seasonal hiring plans but last year companies like Amazon, Macy’s and Walmart added heavily to the mix.
All told, outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas predicts that U.S. retailers will add nearly 739,000 seasonal jobs this year, about the same as last year.
Out of curiosity, I decided to check some other local job listings that are posted on Craigslist. Here’s how one of the ads begins:
“We are looking for a dump truck driver. Must have experience with dump trucks.”
Now the fact that they even included that second sentence makes we wonder. Have they interviewed applicants in the past who have never driven a dump truck?
Another company is looking for a “cleaning technician.” The lucky hire, they said, will provide cleaning and repair services to “baby gear.” They go on to explain that the job includes detailed cleaning of things like strollers and car seats.
I think that’s code for “cleaning up a whole lot of stuff you don’t want to clean up.” But hey, money is money.
The last one I looked at was an ad for a sign spinner. These are the people who stand on street corners to promote a business, or else you’ll see them standing in front of a new housing development to let motorists know that THIS IS LUXURY LIVING!
Sometimes the really motivated spinners will toss their signs into the air and catch them. It’s a sight to behold when it works. But I’ve witnessed a few errant signs that have careened across the top of passing cars and landed in the middle of the street.
Now that’ll grab anyone’s attention.
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