Stores Looking for Seasonal Help for Holiday Season

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Knoxville (WVLT) -- It's hard to believe the holiday shopping season has already begun.

And that means holiday season jobs are also opening up.

Volunteer TV's Kim Bedford has more.

"It's going to be very, very busy," said Elli Jett, senior manager of The Body Shop.

Everywhere you look you see the signs.

Nearly every store in West Town Mall is looking for holiday help before the shoppers rush in.

"We anticipate this being the biggest sales season ever," said Kim Travis, sales associate at A Christmas Place.

The Christmas Place store is clearly ready for the holidays, but they're still waiting on more employees to bring in the sales.

"When we get swamped and we don't have the help, obviously our customers can't be helped," said Travis.

The folks at The Body Shop say they need all the help they can get.

"This place gets very full. We have a really small area to work with, so we try to have as many employees as possible so we can have the personal attention toward every customer that comes in," said Elli Jett with The Body Shop.

Tim Witt of Tennessee's Career Center says the seasonal jobs are especially popular around Knoxville.

"U.T. is on break from early December until the early part of January. So you have a lot of students looking. You have some retirees who want to supplement their income," said Witt.

If you're one of the many looking to land a part-time job soon, you may be wondering what employers are looking for.

"Someone who is outgoing, that can talk to a lot of different kinds of people, has a lot of patience with the holiday season," said Travis at A Christmas Place.

"Need to be honest, need to be dedicated, get to work on time," said Elli Jett.

Witt says the competition could be tough, so the sooner you apply, the better.

"We're looking at more people who are probably going to be trying to find part time jobs than we've had in recent years," said Tim Witt.

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