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October 15, 2018 3:00 PM, EDT

UPS Announces Hiring Blitz for Holiday Shipping Season

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UPS Inc. plans to hire as many as 40,000 seasonal employees nationwide when it holds a one-day hiring blitz, the package delivery giant announced Oct. 15.

UPS will hold 170 job fairs Oct. 19 and hire employees on the spot. Last month, the Atlanta-based company launched an effort to employ 100,000 seasonal workers to support the traditional holiday shopping rush that begins in November and lasts through the new year.

UPS holiday packages on belt

A worker unloads holiday packages at the UPS Inc. Chicago Area Consolidation Hub in Illinois in 2017. (Tim Boyle/Bloomberg News)

“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, vice president of human resources, said in a statement released to Transport Topics. “Many of those who come to one of our job fairs [Oct. 19] could be signed up for a seasonal role by [Oct. 22].”

UPS is seeking full- and part-time employees at a time when the national unemployment rate of 3.7% is the lowest it has been since December 1969. Positions include package handlers, drivers and drivers’ assistants.

Seasonal workers have long been an entry point for permanent employment, and CEO David Abney and several other senior leaders started as part-time employees. The company said that during the past three years, 35% of seasonal workers hired for holiday work were offered permanent positions.

UPS is in the midst of also hiring more than 3,000 full- and part-time workers for its new Southeast regional automated ground hub in Atlanta. That facility will be fully operational in November after opening Aug. 20.

Candidates unable to attend a job fair may apply online at UPSjobs.com.

UPS ranks No.1 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America.