Employers push to hire seasonal workers

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — As the holiday season approaches, shipping centers and retailers are pushing to hire more workers for seasonal jobs after months of high unemployment.

The Martinsville Radial Fulfillment Center announced Tuesday that it is looking to hire more than 400 seasonal workers and hopes some will stay for full-time, year-round employment.

Site manager Billy Dalton explains that last year Radial was able to hire around 900 workers. This year, he says he is also trying to keep his current employees on the team. During our busy season, we’ll have a lot of games and freebies that we’ll do just to keep the team members motivated,” Dalton said.

Radial plans to begin hiring on Monday, Nov. 7, and is looking to fill positions by Thanksgiving. They offer up to $15 an hour for seasonal workers.

Hiring event

Adecco, the world’s leading provider of workforce solutions, is hosting a three-day recruitment event to help fill Radial’s distribution center positions in the Martinsville market. Candidates of any level of experience are encouraged to apply. Details of the job fair are as follows:

  • When: Tuesday, October 25 through Wednesday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET
    • Where: 1914 Virginia Ave, Martinsville, Virginia 24112
    • Local contact number: 276-956-0770
  • When: Thursday, October 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET
    • Where: 3375 Joseph Martin Highway, Martinsville, Virginia 24112
    • Local contact number: 276-956-0770
  • Link to apply: https://www.adeccousa.com/entreprises/radial-jobs/

Also on Tuesday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that median weekly earnings for full-time earners were $1,070 in the third quarter of 2022. That was 6.9% higher than a year earlier. These gains have not been seasonally adjusted.

Similar to Radial, many other companies trying to fill seasonal jobs are looking for workers to start in entry-level positions. Outreach coordinator for Virginia Career Works, Tim Saunders says it’s a smart way to fill a gap in your resume if you’re considering re-entering the workforce.

“It would be a great job for someone who may be trying to balance extra work with their current work schedule or someone who hasn’t worked in a while,” Saunders said. He says job seekers are still in the driver’s seat for now, but the market is improving and taking on seasonal work could be an easy way to take advantage of higher wages and greater flexibility.

He explains: “Between October and December and early January, there are jobs with fewer hours and more flexible hours than you might find at other times of the year with a full-time job.”

Saunders also says retail jobs have declined, but there are still plenty of opportunities here locally.

On Tuesday, “Kroger” also announced that it was looking to fill hundreds of jobs in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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