Local Best Buy distribution center hiring 500 workers for temporary holiday help

FINDLAY, Ohio (WTVG) - Just days into November and holiday shoppers are already out in full force.

"You've already started Christmas shopping?," 13abc reporter Michael Bratton asked Toni Poling of Findlay. "Kind of, yeah," laughed Poling. "Only if it's a great sale."

"I still like to see a good sale," added Stephanie Wendt of Findlay. "So I still go into the stores, but last year I did a lot online."

Whether buying online or in person, companies are working around the clock to keep items in stock. To do that they also need help as demand only goes up the closer we get to December.

"We literally do half of our business, our revenue, during the holiday season," said Stefanie Wensinger, a human resources manager at Findlay's Best Buy distribution center.

Managers at the Flag City center are looking to temporarily hire on roughly 500 people to fulfill holiday orders. Workers at the million square foot space unload, pack and ship everything from cell phones to small TVs.

"We're just trying to get a lot of people to come in and work for us," said Wensinger. "It's a really great job to earn that extra money for the holiday season."

To be considered for employment applicants need a high school diploma or GED and also need to pass a background check and drug test. If hired, Wensinger says there are plenty of hours to go around with reasonable pay.

"Someone coming in working first shift would be paid $14 an hour," said Wensinger. "If they were to work second shift they get paid $15 an hour. So that's very competitive in our market."

With things expected to be busy through the start of the new year, managers say there's even a possibility of being hired full-time.

If you're interested in seasonal work at Findlay's Best Buy distribution center you need to apply through Spherion or Kelly Services.