Local retailers look to fill seasonal positions now

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - At The Summit Mall, the Christmas decorations are not up yet, but the holidays are definitely top of mind. Several stores are trying to hire for the busy holiday season right now.

"We have over a dozen retailers hiring," says Katie Jones, Marketing Manager at The Summit. "We will be hiring for seasonal, part-time, full-time and permanent positions."

The list of businesses that are hiring include: Jared, Lane Bryant, Cacique, Chico's, J. Jill, LOFT, Old Navy, Orvis, Pac Sun, White House Black Market, Williams Sonoma, Yankee Candle Company, Charming Charlie, Century Theatres, and Buckle.

"It's not early," says Rachel Soukup, Manager at Buckle. "The sooner the better just so everyone can be trained as well as possible to be ready."

The Summit will be holding a job fair Tuesday, September 19 to help its retailers fill some of those seasonal positions. It will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The starting point is Suite 218 at The Summit. Job seekers are encouraged to have their resumes and be prepared for possible on-site interviews. JobConnect representatives will also be on hand to assist applicants.

With the economy improving, some large retailers plan to hire a lot more holiday help this time around. That includes the Target in Sparks. A manager there says the store plans to start ramping up its holiday hiring next week and managers plan to hire significantly more seasonal employees this year compared to last year.

The Kohl's in south Reno has already gotten a jump on the hiring process.

"Probably about two weeks ago we started doing group interviews," says Rochelle Onizuka, Kohl's Manager.

Onizuka says she will keep hiring through the middle of November. The store is looking for about 40 part-time workers this holiday season. Onizuka acknowledges that in this economy, her store is competing with others for qualified applicants.

"There are more companies looking for more hiring so the associate has a lot more choices where they can work," she says.