CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Every day we get closer to Christmas it's getting crazier," said Brittany Anderson, one of many workers hired for seasonal employment across a variety of businesses in the region.
She's one of the seasonal hires at the Trace Fork Target. Store manager Claire Lauderman said the company hired seasonal workers around the end of October.
"The timing is to bring people on and train them well enough to when Black Friday hits they are actually well rehearsed in every area of the store," said Lauderman.
This year Target hired employees later than usual, because last year things got to "a standstill at a certain point" and there wasn't so much work demand, Lauderman said.
"This way you can get as much momentum as you can, without any stalls going into the fourth quarter and Black Friday," she said about this year.
Target's goal was to hire about 75 employees to help with the holiday rush from Black Friday to Christmas, but only hired 45 people, Lauderman said.
Anderson has called West Virginia home for a year now. While Anderson worked for a chiropractor for 10 years and Ticketmaster for a while, she had never worked a retail job. Still, she wanted some extra income for the holidays.
The 28-year-old has five children to shop for this Christmas. Anderson enjoys shopping at Target and thought she might like to work there, as well.
"This was actually the first time I've left the house on Black Friday because I'm not a Black Friday shopper," Anderson said of the work experience. "It wasn't near as bad as I thought it would be."
Anderson's original plan was to work through the holidays, but she's now hoping to find long-term employment at Target.
Lauderman said Target tries to prepare seasonal workers as much as they can. She added that those applying for seasonal jobs varied widely in age, as some were high school students and some qualify for a senior citizen's discount.
Kristy Walker of Kelley's Mens Shop said in the past, it's typically been high school or college students applying for seasonal work during the holidays.
"When we advertise for full-time positions we typically get older people but for seasonal work we don't usually advertise, [as] people just come in and submit applications," Walker said.
She added that since Kelley's opened a second location on Bridge Road near George Washington High School, it's easier for students to stop in for work.
"All the applications we've received so far for our seasonal employment have been from people under the age of 19," Walker said.