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San Diego businesses increase hiring for the holidays

Posted: 4:23 PM, Oct 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-14 21:26:28-04
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Holiday hiring is in full swing and thousands of jobs are up for grabs in Southern California.

Retail giants like Kohl’s and Target have announced huge holiday openings, with Kohl’s planning to hire 90,000 holiday associates. Target is also opening up 130,000 seasonal jobs.

Although big box stores are hiring a lot of seasonal employees, local businesses are also increasing staffing.

Rick Mitchell, owner of the Pumpkin Station Pumpkin Patch in Del Mar says he hires around 200 temporary workers in October – from high school students to retired veterans.

According to experts, if you’re looking to cash in on seasonal work, the time to look is now.

Sarah Burns with San Diego Workforce Partnership says adding a personal touch will help you stand out in the seasonal job market.

“Can you go in person and introduce yourself to the manager. Say hi, I’m so and so and I’m really interested in working here. That will go a long way in a customer service focused industry,” Burns said.

Delivery companies, restaurants and even hotels and tax preparation services ramp up hiring during the holiday season.