JCPenney aims to hire 10,000 new workers ahead of the holidays.
In an effort to boost its workforce ahead of the holiday season, JCPenney is holding a national hiring event this week.
The event will take place between Wednesday, Oct. 18 and Friday, Oct. 20, with the goal to employ nearly 10,000 individuals ahead of the holidays. JCPenney is looking to hire for both full-time and part-time positions at more than 650 stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
The department store retailer is promoting several incentives for new hires, including an employee discount of up to 25% off, career advancement opportunities and a flexible schedule with Thanksgiving and Christmas Day off. In addition, JCPenney associates are now able to access early pay through JCPenney’s associate portal mobile app.
Interested individuals of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to apply at jobs.jcp.com prior to attending the event.
“Every day, our associates provide uncommonly friendly service to our customers and reflect our company ethos of the Golden Rule,” said Andre Joyner, chief human resources officer for JCPenney. “That’s why we are proud to offer competitive pay to all hourly store associates, a great employee discount, and career advancement opportunities. These seasonal positions open a world of opportunity to kickstart a career at JCPenney or earn some extra money this holiday season. Come join us!”
Last month, a report from executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas predicted that U.S. retailers would hire the lowest number of seasonal workers for the upcoming holiday season since 2008.
Retailers are expected to add only 410,000 seasonal jobs this season, according to an analysis by the firm of non-seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This number is slightly above the 324,900 workers they added during the last quarter of the financial recession of 2008, the report said.
On Sept. 18, another department giant, Macy’s, announced plans to hire for more than 38,000 full- and part-time seasonal positions this upcoming holiday season.