Bakersfield stores taking applications for holiday workers

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Those looking for seasonal jobs have been applying in hopes to get work in time for the holidays.

Thousands of jobs are available, many of which lead to full-time employment. Eyewitness News spoke to one man Friday who said he’s been applying all over Bakersfield. He plans to hopefully land a holiday job.

"Champs, Shoe Palace, Tilly's, Journey’s, a lot of little shoes stores," said Michael Dunn when asked to list all the places he’s applied for work this holiday season.

Eyewitness News caught up with the 21-year-old former Bakersfield College student at his stop at Target in the Valley Plaza Mall.

"Just trying to find a job to keep myself busy, instead of out doing nothing. Just to help out, for family, whoever needs anything,” said Dunn.

Many stores across Kern County are adding dozens of temporary jobs to end the year.

"This particular store, for this season we will hire about 26 to 30 individuals,” said Shane Meredith with Target.

Nationwide, Target plans to hire 70,000 workers, which is a 20 percent drop from the total number of seasonal employees it hired last year. Analysts credit the drop to cautious consumer spending.

Toys R Us plans to hire 45,000 seasonal workers nationally, with 60 at the Bakersfield store. Its numbers stayed the same from last year.

Kohl’s plans to hire more than 50,000 people nationwide, at about 40 associates per store.

Wal-Mart is hiring 55,000 seasonal workers with plans to promote 35,000 temporary workers to part-time status and 35,000 part-time workers to full-time jobs.

"A lot of people are gonna have the opportunity to apply for seasonal positions in our stores,” said Kurt Anderson with Wal-Mart. “Additionally we will also be looking to promote several people to permanent positions that have greater responsibilities and greater pay.”

And it's opportunities like that, which have hopefuls like Dunn out filling out seasonal applications.

"Hopefully working, just keeping myself busy, and making some money,” said Dunn.

Analyst estimate that overall seasonal hiring won't change significantly from last year’s total, when hiring rose 14 percent nationwide between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31.