Holiday hiring means good news for local job market

Holiday hiring means good news for local job market
A job fair in North Charleston is set to take place March 20.

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - With decorations and gift ideas already hitting the shelves, the holiday season is approaching.

For retailers, that means preparing for the most important quarter of the year and filling holiday jobs now.

For job seekers around the Lowcountry, that could mean a little less financial stress.

"I've been unemployed since 2007," said North Charleston resident GiGi Sharpe.

Sharpe admits, in those 7 years, it's been tough.

"I had a stroke in 2009 which caused me some disabilities in my eyes," said Sharpe. "I'm blind in one eye."

For that, and other reasons, Sharpe had trouble finding a job and relied on her family for financial help.

"I had a lot of doubts, 'you're too old now to be looking for a job,'" said Sharpe.

She put those doubts and excuses aside, went to a Best Buy job fair, put on by Goodwill, and she got a job.

"GiGi's going to join our operations team for the holiday season," said General Manager of Best Buy in North Charleston Frank Siglin.

Siglin says Best Buy is one of the many local companies looking for employees over the holidays.

"Just in my location alone, it will be about 30 to 35," said Siglin.

Siglin says altogether, at the three locations around the Lowcountry, they will fill about 100 jobs.

They're doing that now, because the holidays are just around the corner.

"It's bringing more costumers in, which is a great thing," said Siglin. "It gives us more customers to serve."

While stores prepare for the holiday season, one woman is getting ready for her new job and a new beginning.

"It means a whole lot for me to be able to support myself for a change," said Sharpe.

So far this year, Goodwill in Charleston has helped more than 700 people find a job.

15 people got a job Thursday at one of their job fairs.

Here's a list of local companies hiring:

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