SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – It’s barely hunting season. But, Bass Pro Shops is already thinking about the holidays.
“It’s the busiest time of the year. This is when the magic of Bass Pro bursts. We decorate for Christmas. We have all the Christmas lights on, ”said Kyle Witherspoon, assistant general manager of Bass Pro’s flagship store in Springfield.
To get there, they need an army of seasonal workers. Most of these recruits start coming on board during the fall months. On Wednesday and Thursday, the company invited potential employees to come, apply and be interviewed on site.
“We had a great turnout yesterday and a great turnout today as well. Even though the event is over, we still have a lot of positions to fill, ”said Witherspoon. “We have 5,000 jobs at Bass Pro and Cabela’s. [This includes] distribution and call centers and retail stores. So part-time, full-time, seasonal, it’s all in the lineup right now. “
Companies are looking to fill many seasonal jobs at a time when many employers are struggling to fill even regular positions.
Macy’s is another retailer looking to increase its ranks as the holidays approach. The company hosted a hiring fair on Thursday at its Battlefield Mall store. This retailer seeks to bring 76,000 people on board across the country.
Target is yet another business looking for seasonal workers. He is looking for 100,000 people to join in the coming weeks. This is 30,000 less than last year. The retailer says that, given the labor shortage, it will offer more hours to its current employees.
No matter who hires, competition for workers remains strong.
“We face the same challenges as other retailers, but we’ve had good participation rates recently,” Witherspoon said.