KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Companies in East Tennessee are looking for hundreds of new workers.
Hiring for seasonal positions is well underway and several stores in East Tennessee will be hiring more seasonal workers this year than last.
Many large retailers like Target are already gearing up for the holiday rush.
Jerrett Franklin has been working at Target for three years. He was first hired as a seasonal worker in 2009, when his family was hit hard by the economic downturn.
"I really wanted to do it for my family. They were having a hard time, so I was just trying to provide for them and get them gifts, 'cause they gave back to me, so I do that for them," said Franklin.
If you want to make a few extra bucks over the holidays the time to apply is now.
Heather Lambert is the assistant manager at the Target on Northshore Drive. She says Targets in the Knoxville area will be hiring more seasonal employees this year than last.
"With the increased foot traffic and increased freight for the holidays, we will definitely be needing that extra help," said Lambert.
According to the Toys "R" Us corporate office, 120 seasonal workers will be hired in the Knoxville area. The Tommy Hilfiger store at West Town Mall is hiring 20 additional people, up from 15 last year. Kohl's in Knoxville will hire around 40 seasonal employees at each location. Nationally Best Buy is adding more associates for the holiday rush. They are hiring around 24,000 seasonal employees. In the Knoxville area, Target will add 200 new employees total.
"We are looking for, of course, cashiers. We are looking for sales floor team members and background team members as well," said Lambert.
Lambert says making a few extra bucks over the holidays is the main goal for many applicants, but some want to stay on full time.
When Jerrett Franklin was hired for the holiday season in 2009, he worked hard with the hopes of turning temporary employment into a future career. It worked. He's now the full-time electronics specialist.
"Hard work did pay off. Yes, very much so," said Franklin.
Many employers take applications online or in the store. According to the National Retail Federation, retailers will add about 600,000 seasonal workers this year. Many of those workers will stay on into 2013.
After the 2011 holiday season, Target retained about 30% of their seasonal workers. Toys "R" Us kept about 15% of those workers.