Who's Hiring Part-Time: Gamefly, T.J. Maxx and Staples


Looking for part-time work? You're in luck. Here are three companies with lots of part-time openings available right now:

What They Do: Subscription video game service that allows customer to buy a monthly subscription and rent games by mail.

Types of Part-time Position(s) Available: Warehouse associate and customer service representative. Shipping center locations are in Pittsburgh, Pa., Tampa, Fla., Los Angeles and Austin, Texas. Most customer service positions are based in Austin.

Desired Hours Per Week: Varies, but usually includes some nights, weekends and holidays.

Starting Pay:  $12 per hour for customer service; $10 per hour for warehouse positions.

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package; discounts on company products.

Requirements: All positions require a high school diploma or GED. Customer service reps handle 80 to 100 customer inquiries per day and must have great people skills, excellent typing skills, experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Internet Explorer, and the ability to handle heavy inbound e-mail volume. Warehouse applicants must have product-shipping experience in a computerized environment and must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.

The Inside Scoop:  For customer service positions, it’s helpful if you’re familiar with GameFly’s membership options and rental process. Familiarity with video games and game systems is also helpful. GameFly is experiencing lots of growth, so expansion is planned. That means there could be the option to transfer to a new location in the near future.

Apply here.

Next page: T.J. Maxx

T.J. Maxx
What They Do: Retail stores specializing in brand-name clothing, shoes, accessories and home fashions at discount prices. T.J. Maxx had 874 U.S. locations at the end of 2008, with future expansion planned. T.J. Maxx is part of TJX Companies (Stock Quote: TJX) a corporation that also includes Marshalls, AJ Wright, and HomeGoods stores.

Types of Part-time Position(s) Available: Sales and merchandise associate openings at T.J. Maxx retail locations nationwide; warehouse positions at 14 T.J. Maxx or TJX distribution centers throughout the U.S.

Desired Hours Per Week: Hours are flexible depending location. Applicants who can work flexible schedule, including nights and weekends are preferred.

Starting Pay: Retail wages vary by region, but generally start at slightly above minimum wage. Warehouse positions start at $7.25 per hour.

Benefits: Paid time off and associate discounts. Other benefits vary depending on number of hours worked and length of employment.

Requirements: Must have high school diploma or GED. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. Responsibilities may include merchandise presentation, processing, markdowns, fitting room, cashier, customer service and layaway. Good customer relations skills are a must, as the employee greets, interacts with and thanks customers on a regular basis. Also responsible for maintaining housekeeping standards of assigned area.

The Inside Scoop: Previous retail or customer service experience is preferred. It also helps if you are familiar with designer brands and can comfortably discuss name-brand clothing or home décor with customers. You will need to print out your completed application and drop it off in person at the location. If there is more than one location in your area, you’ll need to complete a separate application for each location.

Apply here.

Next page: Staples

What They Do: Staples (Stock Quote: SPLS) is the world’s largest office supply company, with 91,000 associates worldwide.

Types of Part-time Position(s) Available: Cashiers, customer service, copy center clerks, technology sales and service. (There are also distribution and delivery positions available nationwide.)

Desired Hours Per Week: Varies. Most locations prefer applicants who can work flexible hours including some nights or weekends.

Starting Pay:  Generally starts at $8 to $10 per hour, with higher rates possible for applicants with tech repair experience or other specialized skills.

Benefits: Comprehensive benefit plan includes medical coverage, retirement plan and scholarships. Most benefits are available to employees working at least 20 hours per week. Employees also receive discounts at company stores.

Requirements: Good customer relations skills. May need to pass a background check, including a criminal record search. For tech sales and repair positions, prior experience in computer sales and service is preferred.

The Inside Scoop: If you love office supplies, computers and other electronic gadgets, you’ll feel right at home here. Most of your fellow employees will probably be fairly young. Due to its tech-friendly environment, this company seems to be very popular with college students and the under-30 set. The online application process allows your information to be accessible to all hiring managers within a 50 mile radius of the store where you applied, so it’s possible you may be contacted about opportunities at other nearby stores.

Apply here.

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