Seasonal employment opportunities in Michiana

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Sleigh bells are ringing.

Christmas Trees in September may sound excessive, but the forward-thinking of big name retailers could score you a job.

Brands like Target, Wal-Mart and Kohl's are already planning on bringing in thousands of seasonal employees for the holidays. And they start hiring in late September and early October.

Kohl's anticipates bringing on an additional 50,000 seasonal associates, that averages to about 40 per store. Wal-Mart has increased its count by 10% and plans to hire 55,000 holiday workers, an average of 13 per store. Target's numbers are down by 20%, but the chain plans to hire 77,000 temporary employees.

"Temporary" may not be an ideal job description, but for many, part-time hours can turn into a permanent position with some companies. In fact, last year, Target kept on one fourth of their seasonal employees after the holiday rush. And even if the job doesn't work out, experts will tell you, the skills and experience learned in a temporary postition can help with future jobs, too. Plus, they add hours and an update to an old resume.

On the local level, retailers are already looking forward to the holiday season, and many will be involved with an upcoming career fair. It is taking place at the Goodwill Community Career Center, located at 3420 Grape Road in Mishawaka. The event will happen from 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and is open to the public and completely free.

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