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Area retailers hanging 'Help Wanted' signs for holidays

Posted October 18, 2010

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— Area retailers are expected to provide more than gifts that come in bags this holiday season.

According to a recent national study, stores will hire more temporary help this season than last year, although the number of seasonal jobs still won't reach the levels seen before the recession.

Many stores at the Streets of Southpoint mall in Durham are looking to add five to 10 people each to help during the holiday shopping season, said Danielle Kushner, marketing manager for the mall.

"You will see a lot of seasonal hiring going on with our retailers. It's probably not as high as it was before all of the economic issues with the retail industry," Kushner said.

Sales are up at the mall over last year, which has some stores feeling like they'll be busier this season, she said.

"We're very optimistic," she said.

Job-seekers are optimistic, too.

"As soon as I do see someone is hiring for seasonal, yeah, I'll take it. Anything. Money is money to me," said Joicelyn Ormond, who has been looking for a job for more than a year.

Streets of Southpoint mall Area retailers hanging 'Help Wanted' signs for holidays

"It's frustrating, but you've just got to keep pressing on. You can't stop," Ormond said. "You 've got to do what you've got to do to stay on top and survive. It's hard, but somebody's got to do it."

Some job-seekers said they are holding out for permanent positions and aren't interested in a temporary job during the holidays.

"I'm really looking forward to getting another job, a nice one," Bella Villanueva said.

A national study projects discount retailers like Walmart and Target will hire the most seasonal workers because shoppers will flock to those stores looking for a deal.

Ormond said she expects plenty of competition for the seasonal jobs.

"(There are) a whole lot of people that don't have jobs right now, so I know it's going to be competitive," she said.

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  • Pseudonym Oct 20, 2010

    TeresaBee,

    If someone is able to get to the Fayetteville St/I-40 interchange, then he or she is clearly able to walk the additional 150 yards or so to SouthPoint Mall to apply for a job. In fact, he or she probably parked in the parking lot. It is not HangOnThere's job to roll out the red carpet for a panhandler. It is the panhandler's responsibility to improve his or her life situation. Every time you hand money out your car window, you decrease the incentive for that person to work.

    Do that person a favor and give him or her the gift of human dignity instead of a couple of dollars.

  • yngtaur Oct 19, 2010

    "but you can only apply if you're black, because wral thinks it's important to know what color someone is who is voting. how pathetic."

    And why is that pathetic? Voting trends among different races, genders, social classes, ages, etc. are studied quite frequently and reported, and I don't really don't see how that ties into this story or makes it a black/white issue.

  • DangYankee Oct 19, 2010

    "Some job-seekers said they are holding out for permanent positions and aren't interested in a temporary job during the holidays.

    "I'm really looking forward to getting another job, a nice one," Bella Villanueva said."

    In this current economy, kind of a negative attitude to have. Something is better than nothing! I'm in IT, and have been unemployed 3 times in my career. Just to get me out of the house about 6 years ago, not waiting for a job to fall into my Inbox, I got a job at the local Blockbuster. Granted, it was only $7.75/hour, and I worked just enough hours to not affect the unemployment I was also receiving, but I got to talk to people who were managers, directors, etc., at Triangle-area companies. No job came of it, but it certainly put me in a better frame of mind, and I didn't have to say, "Nothing" if asked what I've been doing in my pares time.

    As one of the ladies said, "You 've got to do what you've got to do".

  • TAKES_TO2_TANGO Oct 19, 2010

    HangOnThere. Would you honestly hire one of those panhandlers? I bet not. If so, why don't you walk up to one and offer a job?
    TeresaBee

    And I ask you...Why doesn't the person who needs a job just go up there and apply? Stop encoraging handouts. The world would be a better place if people didn't think that someone is just supposed to walk up to them an give them something. Make them work for it!

  • ctya Oct 19, 2010

    Target and Walmart are the wrost store to enter after 9:00 only one lane open and Sunday morning.....this is 2010 people shop all hours of the day

    let's see the new hires

  • LL4U Oct 19, 2010

    Who wants to go out and work 8 hrs a day when you can sit home and have babies and get checks in the mail?!?!

  • TeresaBee Oct 19, 2010

    HangOnThere. Would you honestly hire one of those panhandlers? I bet not. If so, why don't you walk up to one and offer a job?

  • Whosays Oct 19, 2010

    Amen HangOnThere, if you don't try you will never get a job.

  • HangOnThere Oct 19, 2010

    Need to hang em at every corner where the panhandlers whine that they can't get a job. I'm hiring and never see any of these people apply.
    There are jobs out there but you have to be willing to work. If you just want a handout, then your situation will never change.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Oct 19, 2010

    but you can only apply if you're black, because wral thinks it's important to know what color someone is who is voting. how pathetic.