UPS is going on a one-day hiring blitz Friday, October 19 to fill nearly 100,000 seasonal positions, the company said. In line with retail holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the company is calling their hiring event “UPS Brown Friday.”
Although a variety of full- and part-time seasonal positions will be available, UPS says it will primarily be hiring for the following roles: package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers.
About 40% of the UPS Brown Friday jobs will be in Atlanta, where the company is headquartered. Atlanta, incidentally, also makes a brand-new Glassdoor list of the 25 best cities to get a job right now.
Looking for a job? ‘UPS Brown Friday’ is happening in a city near you
UPS says since 2015, about 35% of its part-time hires went on to take full-time positions. So if you’re looking for a job, this may be an event you want to attend.
“Just about everyone has heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but for anyone looking for a great seasonal job this holiday season, UPS Brown Friday promises the first good deal of the season,” Stefond Harris, UPS Human Resources vice president, said in a statement. “Many of those who come to one of our job fairs this Friday could be signed up for a seasonal role by Monday.”
UPS is prepping for the holiday rush as package delivery has become something of an arms race with Amazon, the U.S. Postal Service and FedEx all vying for the same business.
UPS Brown Friday is part of nearly 170 hiring fairs being held around the United States with thousands of people being hired on the spot. See the complete list of UPS Brown Friday job fairs here.
If you can’t make it out to UPS Brown Friday, gainful employment with the company is still possible. Those in the job market can apply online at UPSjobs.com.
UPS is not the only company looking for seasonal workers this time of year. Target, Walmart and Amazon are all on the hunt, too.
Money expert Clark Howard says that although seasonal employment looks to be plentiful, would-be workers need to be on alert for gimmicks that companies use to entice people to sign up. Don’t fall for promises that these companies likely can’t keep.
“I want you to look for things that you know you’re going to get,” he says. “For instance, if you go to work there, they’re going to give you half-price shopping days so you can check off your Christmas list for the people who’ve been nice and not naughty. It’s what they’re actually going to put in your pocket that counts.”