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Stores are already taking apps for holiday help

More than 300 season workers are expected to be hired at the 70 stores in Gulfport Premium Outlets. (Photo Source: WLOX News) More than 300 season workers are expected to be hired at the 70 stores in Gulfport Premium Outlets. (Photo Source: WLOX News)
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Halloween isn't even here yet, but retailers, like Gulfport Premium Outlets, are already hiring extra help for the upcoming holiday season.

Retailers are expecting an excellent holiday season this year and, because of that, they expect that seasonal hiring will be equally big.

If the “help wanted” signs are any indication, most of the 70 businesses at the outlet mall will be taking on extra workers for the upcoming months.

The mall’s general manager, Pam Meinzinger, expects more than 300 temporary employees will be hired.

“That’s a little more than normal due to our anticipation of having a great Christmas season,” said Meinzinger. “Mississippi Power’s refund, I think, is going to really be a driver for us.”

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Banana Republic will host a nationwide “Holiday Hiring Day” campaign at all of its stores.

This is our first year doing an activity like this, so we’re really excited for it, but generally we have quite a few people that do apply,” said Banana Republic employee Jennifer Johnson. “We do go through quite an extensive interview process. We will look for teachers and students. We tend to like people that will come in and know they are going to do a great job and just have those great customer service skills.”

Reebok employee Cedrick Warnsley is looking for about five additional holiday workers. It’s a simple formula for him.

“As long as they are very customer service-based,” he said. “That’s all it’s about. It’s talking to people and helping customers.”

While most companies have online applications, Polo Ralph Lauren is old-school, requiring applicants fill out forms by hand and in-person.

“It’s easier to get to know people,” said Polo employee Neal Duplantis. “They come in, they fill out the application. Gives us an opportunity to meet them before they actually get hired.”

According to Meinzinger, there are a few things applicants can do to increase their chances of being hired.

“They need to be dressed, they need to have a resume if possible and be prepared to be interviewed right there on the spot, which a lot of times happens,” said Meinzinger.

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