Walk Into a JCPenney on Oct. 16 and You Could Walk Out With a Seasonal Job

JCPenny store in Manhattan , New York City on April 4, 2018. photobyphm/ Getty Images

JCPenney is holding a national hiring day at all of its stores on Oct. 16 from 2 to 8 p.m. local time. Applicants will be able to interview with managers who can offer positions on the spot.

In its effort to hire 39,000 seasonal associates, JCPenney is upping the ante on the holiday hiring game by awarding eight random employees $5,000 trips or prize packages.

JCPenney announced that any employee in its stores, supply chain and call centers who stays with the company through Dec. 29 will be eligible to win.

Prizes include a trip to New York City, Miami or Banff, Alberta, Canada — including airfare, lodging and entertainment — or packages with themes like smart home, outdoor, technology and glamour.

The retailer is just one of many companies boosting their incentives to fill positions in a tight labor market. Target announced that one random hourly team member from each of its stores and distribution centers will win a $500 holiday gift card, while Amazon is increasing its minimum wage to $15/hour.  

No worries if you can’t make the event — you can also apply online at jcpcareers.com.

JCPenney also boasts a 25% employee discount and the potential for seasonal hires to be offered full-time employment.

Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder who covers interesting careers and job benefits. Check out her bio here.