Target is hiring seasonal workers for its holiday shopping season, including Black Friday. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Target kicks off holiday hiring spree, looking for 130K workers

The largest shopping holiday of the year may be months away, but Target is already looking for more than 130,000 seasonal workers.

The retailer announced today that it needs to fill about 125,000 store positions and another 8,000 in distribution and fulfillment centers. Current employees will also be able to work extra hours throughout the holiday season.

The minimum wage at Target is $13 an hour. Anyone interested in the jobs can apply at national hiring events from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 through Oct. 13 and Nov. 2 through Nov. 3 at all Target stores.

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“It’s critical we build the right team across our stores and supply chain to deliver an exceptional holiday experience for our guests during the busiest time of the year,” said Melissa Kremer, chief human resources officer at Target.

Seasonal workers at the more than 1,800 stores and accompanying logistics centers will also get a 10 percent discount at Target stores and on Target.com and an additional 20 percent wellness discount off fresh and frozen vegetables and fruits, along with some products to quit tobacco.

Some jobs may turn into permanent positions. More than 40 percent of last year’s 120,000 holiday hires remained with Target after the holiday season.

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“Every team member at Target is given opportunities to grow, take care of themselves and their families, and make an impact on guests and their communities,” Kremer said. “Whether they’re interested in seasonal work only, or looking for longer-term career opportunities at Target, we’re incredibly proud of how our seasonal hires come together with our existing team to create a joyful holiday season for our guests and the communities we serve.”

Seasonal employees will also participate in the second year of Target’s team member appreciation program. Target will invest $2 million into the program that gives two hourly team members at each store a $250 Target gift card and donates $250 to a local charity of their choice.

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