CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Halloween isn't even over, but many retailers are hiring seasonal workers right now.

Many people start shopping by November 1 and employers need to get those seasonal hires trained and ready to sell before the mad rush.

The National Retail Federation predicts people will spend more this holiday season than they have since the beginning of the recession.

Big box stores add thousand of jobs to prepare for those additional shoppers. Several chains here in Charlotte are hiring, including Target, Sears and WalMart. Independently owned shops are also looking for seasonal employees.

Ron Wooten, owner of Paper Skyscraper in the Southend, says seasonal work often becomes a full-time job.

It's also a good testing ground for us to see if a person who might like to be employed full-time would work out and fit in, said Wooten.

Nearly all of the employers NBC Charlotte spoke with said they are looking for one thing when it comes to seasonal hires.

For us it's about flexibility, availability. Just being able to meet those hours. We're retail, so we have to have folks here on the weekends and working late, said Amy McCabe, owner of the Savory Spice Shop Southend.

Workforce Solutions said that many employers post jobs at the unemployment office.

If you're looking for a job at a smaller, independently owned store, your best bet is to approach the manager or owner and ask about seasonal work.

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