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Macy's to hire hundreds in the Carolinas for the holiday season

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The holiday season is just around the corner, and many people are turning their minds to seasonal hiring.

Macy's announced Monday it will hire 80,000 seasonal workers for its Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores across the country. The company says that is an increase of about 2.5% from its 2011 holiday season.

WBTV did some digging and found roughly 700 of those positions will come to North Carolina, and about 300 will be in Charlotte. South Carolina only has two Macy's stores in the whole state, so will only get about 100 of those positions.

"I often hear stories from our holiday associates about the fun they have working at Macy's and Bloomingdale's at the holidays," Lundgren said. "Our stores and websites are busy places and the pace is fast. But it is a magical time of year, and helping customers select gifts from Macy's and Bloomingdale's is a special experience that generations of associates have enjoyed and found rewarding."

Seasonal associates at Macy's and Bloomingdale's serve customers on the selling floor, work in store operations positions, interact with customers via the telephone in call centers, and staff the distribution and fulfillment centers that coordinate shipments to stores and directly to customers who buy online. Most of the positions are part-time, often built to fit  the availability of the individuals hired. Many positions require the applicant to work evenings, weekends or overnight. In some cases, temporary seasonal associates are offered open year-round positions based on their skills and performance over the holiday season.

 "Macy's traditionally implements one of the most robust holiday hiring programs in American retailing, and that will be the case again in 2012. Hiring additional associates for holidays ensures that our customers are well-served in this busy shopping period – both on the sales floor and behind the scenes," said Terry J. Lundgren, Macy's, Inc. chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Moreover, our seasonal positions help a wide range of Americans earn extra money. In many cases, these are students working to help pay tuition, retirees seeking to remain active and individuals wanting to supplement their income."

Applications are accepted online here or here. Candidates will receive a response via email. Hiring for store sales positions is set to begin in mid-October. The company is already hiring sales support positions – such as distribution centers, call centers, and store receiving.

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