Amid pandemic, many companies looking for seasonal workers early

Raven Brown
Updated: September 27, 2020 06:51 PM
Created: September 27, 2020 06:23 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many, including people losing their jobs and businesses shutting down.

But as the holiday season nears, some businesses are looking for extra help. 


“Our brothers and sisters in retail here some of them have fallen on hard times and so there's some really great people out there so anything we can do within our needs to hire those people,” At Home Chief Operating Officer Peter Corsa says.

Corsa says they are currently hiring seasonal positions at their decor stores.

“A lot of these people will, you know, could end permanently. We’ve done a lot of internal promotions too, so as we have jobs open this is a great opportunity for those seasonal hires to roll right into a full-time or part-time job with us,” Corsa says.

UPS has said it plans to hire more than 100,000 extra workers to help handle an increase in packages during the holiday season, while FedEx said last week that it plans to hire up to 70,000 seasonal workers. Best Buy, meanwhile, said they plan to hold job fairs to hire thousands of holiday employees in their stores and distribution centers.

“Hiring is full force in swing," says RBA Staffing and Screening Director of Business Ferah Roman. "There are definite opportunities what RBA staffing offers right now we have a lot of temps to hire and direct hiring opportunities available for a variety of skill sets." 

Roman says the staffing company helps people land jobs throughout the whole year.

“Don’t sit back and wait for you know the ideal position,” Ferah says. “You never know what your skillset may be for an employer, even if you're applying for this job it's getting your foot out there, networking and talking yourself up."

Both Roman and Corsa say they want to do their part to help people impacted by COVID get back on their feet in the coming months. 

“We’re thankful to be there and we look forward for business and we watch the business continue to grow in Rochester and whatever we can do to help in the community and add to employment and serve the community we're there to do,” Corsa says. 

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