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Retailers gear up for holidays by hiring new employees

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

It's not even Halloween but many retailers are already accepting applications for holiday positions.

Retailers said consumers are already shopping for the holiday season, requiring them to hire more employees.

The Nashville West Target store started accepting applications last month and plans to begin hiring and training seasonal workers in the next few weeks.

For many retailers, the holiday season is the most important for their bottom line.

"We have so much business during our fourth quarter," said Target employee Yewande Salau. "We need so many people here to help with everything from getting stuff from the back room to putting them on shelves and helping guests find things as they shop here at Target."

In addition to Target, Kmart, Stein Mart and Best Buy are also already accepting applications for seasonal jobs.

Retailers are sure to have a large pool to choose from, but what are stores like Target looking for?

Salau says the store asks for someone with "a fast, fun and friendly attitude."

"[We need] someone who is very quick because Target has a 'Speed is life motto,'" Salau continued. "When guests are coming here to get that last Tickle Me Elmo or that Smurf or something they need, they want it fast."

"I guess it gives people the opportunity to buy it and get it out of the way," Target shopper Brittany Muse added.

Many retailers are expecting a stronger sales season this year.

Target told Nashville's News 2 they have both part-time and full-time positions available. 

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