Stores Searching for Reliable Seasonal Help

By: Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND/ODESSA - Getting a seasonal job is an easy way to bring in some extra cash for the holidays. While businesses in the Basin are getting tons of interest, they're not necessarily getting the right applicants.

At Miss Cayce's Christmas Store & More it's always Christmas, but with the Birth of Christ just about two months away this seasonal store needs extra help.

"Contrary to what people think this work goes on all year round," Co-Owner Kathy Harrison said. "I have about a dozen people in my core group and then I bring on probably at present I have about 40 people working for me."

Thanks to a mini oil boom, Harrison says she recently added additional workers, but other retailers in the area are scrambling to find people who are willing to do the work.

"We're scraping now it's do or die this week," Target Manager Lisa Bennett said. "We have to hire this week to be ready for the holidays."

Store managers like Bennett say applicants don't understand the retail reality of the holiday season - busy nights and weekends.

"We aren't your Monday through Friday 9 to 5 job," she said. "We start at 3:30 a.m. unloading and stocking the trucks before the guests come in. Then of course we're busy during the weekends, and a lot of people don't want to work those hours."

Plus with additional retailers sprouting up in Odessa there's less of a pool to choose from.

"We still need 30 more team members," Bennett said.

Even when they hire everyone they need, stores say they still will be scrambling to keep up with more holiday shoppers.