Searching For Work On Twitter? These 6 Companies Are Using Social Media To Hire For The Holidays
Per usual, retailers are hiring seasonal employees to meet the heightened holiday demand that the next two months will bring.
According to the nation’s oldest outplacement firm, Chicago-based Challenger, Gray, & Christmas, hiring will be significantly higher than last year. Taking hiring numbers from 14 of the country’s biggest holiday employers, the firm’s report found that 2014 hiring will total 695,970, up from 518,000 in 2013.
This year, many of those retailers will be tapping into the marketing power of social media, especially Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR), to attract Internet-savvy, potential holiday employees.
With more customers ordering holiday gifts online than ever before, United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) and other delivery companies have big demands to meet.
As such, UPS is hiring between 90,000 and 95,000 seasonal employees for the holiday rush, up from 55,000 last year.
Here is one of the company's tweets flaunting that huge number of job openings:
— UPS Jobs (@UPSjobs) October 27, 2014
And who couldn't use a little extra cash for the holidays?
Want extra cash for your holiday stash? View the UPS job site for seasonal openings in your area and apply today! http://t.co/CRJdPjli86
— UPS Jobs (@UPSjobs) October 28, 2014
Likewise, FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) will be increasing its holiday hiring from 20,000 last year to 50,000 this year.
We are hiring seasonal positions at FedEx Express! Join us. http://t.co/xA3hKzoHsP
— FedEx (@FedEx) October 25, 2014
— FedEx (@FedEx) October 24, 2014
The nation's largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), will also be bringing in more seasonal employees, with plans to hire 60,000 workers (10 percent higher than last year's 55,000).
Unlike other companies on the list, Wal-Mart is less upfront about the fact that it needs seasonal employees, but still, its Twitter presence is strong.
One of the company's most eye-catching tweets mentions an employee who won $1 million in the lottery and is staying on with the company.
— WalmartCareers (@WalmartCareers) October 28, 2014
With 63,000 temporary positions to fill, The Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) will be hiring even more seasonal workers than Wal-Mart.
One of its Twitter tactics is to inform potential holiday employees of the discounts they could receive. Another tweet puts the number of positions into perspective:
— Gap Inc. (@GapInc) October 17, 2014
Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT), meanwhile, will be bringing on 70,000 holiday employees. That's the same number as last year, but is down from the 88,000 reported in 2012.
One of the company’s tactics on Twitter has been to aim for local communities:
— Target Careers (@TargetCareers) October 20, 2014
Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE: M), the country’s biggest department store company, plans to hire 86,000 temporary employees. Last year, the company hired only 7,000, making this year’s number an increase of over 1,200 percent.
Like Target, the company is getting specific on Twitter, targeting local markets:
— Macy's Hourly Jobs (@macyshourlyjobs) October 29, 2014
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