LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – It's the busiest time of year and Lufkin stores are starting to hire the manpower they need early.
The holiday shopping has started and businesses are sifting through hundreds of applications for seasonal job positions.
Local employers say if you're hired, hard work could payoff after the holidays.
They're getting ready early, stocking the shelves, and beefing up the staff.
"Right now it's going to start picking up since we have the holiday decorations already coming out," said Lufkin Target Executive Human Resources Ashley Partain.
With Black Friday just around the corner, local retail stores know they'll need a few extra helpers.
"Black Friday is crazy, we'll have a line out the door by the time our store opens," said Lufkin Best Buy Operations Senior Jeremy Gilliam. "That day we'll probably see four, five, six, seven, eight, nine thousand people easily by noon."
More customers means more seasonal employees. The Lufkin Target is looking to boost their team by about 50. Best Buy plans to add around 20 people.
"Right now we have a few people we are hiring for inventory," said Gilliam. "Inventory is just constantly dealing with shipping and receiving and making sure that the product we get in is constantly being put in the shelves. We are also looking for sales associates."
Partain said just in the last month, they've already had about 170 people apply for the seasonal jobs and some of them applied in the store at their kiosk.
For new hires, the job could turn permanent.
"We hope this year that we can retain a lot because we have got some of our best team members through seasonal help," said Partain.
"Around the first, second week of January, as long as you've kept your tempo upbeat and you're a hard worker, Best Buy is definitely able and willing to turn those temporary positions into part-time positions," Gilliam.
If you're willing to come early and stay late, employers said the holiday jobs could be gifts that keep giving.
To apply for a Best Buy job, just go to www.bestbuy.com and click on careers.
If you're interested in working at the Lufkin Target, there are some paper applications or you can apply at the store kiosk or from your home online at www.target.com/careers.