Houston Holiday Hiring is Challenging This Year


Unemployment hasn’t been this low since Richard Nixon was in the White House.  The national September unemployment rate is down to a historic 3.7%, and that’s creating difficulties for businesses who need additional employees for the busy holiday season.

Last week Amazon announced they are raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour, adding to the competition for workers.

Service Systems Associates, the company that hires concession and customer service positions at the Houston Zoo is holding job fairs on Monday, October 22 and Wednesday, October 24th from 10 am to 6 pm.  Ashley Noujaim says applicants should enter through Gate 8, just to the left of the main entrance at the Brown Education Center.  “We’re looking for individuals to fill a wide variety of positions at competitive season pay rates,” she says.  See a copy of their press release below.

Target, looking to hire 3,000 workers in Houston and 120,000 nationally, a 20% increase over last year, is starting their pay scale at $12 an hour.  New this year, they’ll have a chance for new hires to win a $500 Target gift card with a matching donation to a community charity.

H-E-B is looking to fill one thousand part-time and full-time positions as start considering holiday meals and decorations.

Anyone looking for extra money this holiday season, or in the market for a new job, have not been in a better position for more than two decades.

SSA Job Fair Press Release

Do you want to work at one of the wildest places in Houston? Are you an experienced, fast paced, high-energy individual that loves what they do and wants to be part of something special? Do you want to work in one of the coolest cultures and at one of the most unique and fun places possible? If you have “it”, you’ll want to be a part of this team where growth and opportunity drive all our success stories to better serve our guests.

Service Systems Associates (SSA) at the Houston Zoo, is looking to hire over 150 customer service enthusiasts to fulfill a wide array of seasonal positions.

Recruiters are looking for friendly and outgoing individuals, with experience in the following fields: line cooks, prep cooks, food service associates, cashiers, customer service associates, retail associates, entry level guest photographer/greeter, catering banquet servers & bartenders, as well as team leaders and supervisors.

Job fair attendees will have the chance to interview with SSA recruiters and apply for positions onsite. Applicants should arrive interview-ready with a valid photo ID. Be prepared to fill out an application, interview, complete an online background screening and drug screening that day.

The job fair will be held at the Houston Zoo on Monday, October 22nd and Wednesday, October 24th from 10 am to 6 pm. The Zoo’s address is 6200 Herman Park Drive, Houston, Texas. Upon arrival, please locate Gate 8 (just left of the main entrance) at The Brown Education Center.

Wages range from $8 to $17 per hour, depending on experience and position.

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