Barbara's Beat: Toys“R”Us® to hire 45,000 employees nationwide for 2014 holiday shopping season

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Toys“R”Us® to hire 45,000 employees nationwide for 2014 holiday shopping season

Company seeks motivated, customer service-focused employees to join its team of #ToyExperts in bringing joy to shoppers across the country; Seasonal positions can lead to year-round employment as 20% of the Toys“R”Us 2013 holiday workforce retained jobs following Christmas.

Toys“R”Us®recently  announced plans to hire 45,000 seasonal employees at its stores and distribution centers nationwide, more than doubling the company’s workforce as it prepares for the busy holiday shopping months ahead. Seasonal staff plays a vital role in delivering upon the company’s mission to bring joy into the lives of its customers across the country as traffic in Toys“R”Us stores and online surges in the weeks leading up to Christmas. These seasonal positions, which include sales associates, stock crew and omnichannel fulfillment teams, as well as distribution center workers and department managers, can also serve as a path to non-seasonal employment.

“As the toy authority, moms, dads and gift-givers are counting on us to provide them with expert toy advice as they search for the perfect present, all while offering exceptional service and a memorable shopping experience,” said Mark Eberly, Vice President, Human Resources, Toys“R”Us, U.S. “We’re looking for dedicated, customer-centric employees who will strive to help shoppers deliver a great Christmas for the little ones in their lives whenever, wherever and however they choose to shop with us this holiday season. Ensuring we are fully staffed with knowledgeable employees is integral as we look to assist customers in crossing off items on their children’s wish lists.”

Interviewing for holiday positions at Toys“R”Us stores begins at the end of September and new hires start working in early October. Staffing continues to build throughout the holiday season right up to Christmas. Seasonal store employees typically work 16 to 20 hours per week with flexible schedules offered during the week, weeknights or weekends. Employment opportunities are also available at the company’s distribution centers nationwide, which began hiring in July and will continue through November.

Interested job seekers can visit the company’s dedicated Holiday Hiring website (www.toysrusinc.com/careers/holiday) to apply and learn more about working at Toys“R”Us during the holiday season. The site is easily accessible via computers, tablets and smartphones.

Training #ToyExperts for this holiday season – and those to come
As a specialty retailer, part of what differentiates Toys“R”Us is its knowledgeable, toy-trained staff. Holiday hires receive the same specialized training as non-seasonal employees, as well as continuous, on-the-job training, ensuring they learn about the hottest products of the season, store services and more, so they can provide expert advice to shoppers searching for the perfect gift.

With substantial growth opportunities available, seasonal positions continue to offer motivated, high-performing associates the opportunity for year-round employment. Last year, 20 percent of the company’s holiday workforce – more than 9,000 employees – retained a regular position with the company after the holiday season ended. Some of those who began their careers as seasonal hires have also gone on to full-time management positions.

Interested applicants can keep up with the latest hiring news by visiting the company’s Careers pages at Ruscareers.com, Facebook.com/Ruscareers, @ToysrusCareers on Twitter, YouTube.com/Ruscareers and LinkedIn. In addition, from bike aficionados to gaming gurus, Toys“R”Us will showcase its team of #ToyExperts from stores across the country on these channels and the official Toys“R”Us Twitter account, @Toysrus, throughout the holiday season.

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