That includes three to five employees at each of the 4,500 stores plus 100 people each at the Grapevine distribution center, refurbishment center and headquarters, Buskey said.
GameStop said last week that second-quarter profit fell but that it expects a strong second half, given several titles coming out for the holidays and the PowerUp Rewards program.
"We're really anticipating a good season this fall," Buskey said. "There are a number of key releases coming out this fall. They could be some of the biggest releases we've ever had."
GameStop expects to begin posting seasonal jobs soon. Those interested should drop by a store in early to mid-September, Buskey said. Those interested in the distribution and refurbishment centers or headquarters can drop by those locations or apply online.
GameStop will start hiring seasonal workers in early October, bringing them on board in late October and early November. The jobs could last through late January.
And "historically, we've always had a number of outstanding candidates who go through the holidays and end up as full-time associates," Buskey said. Candidates must be at least 18, and retail experience is "a plus," Buskey said.
If retail is not your game, Liberty Tax Services is holding a job fair 5 to 7 p.m. today at 2325 S. Stemmons Freeway No. 303 in Lewisville for fall tax preparation classes.
The company says it expects to hire 40,000 tax preparers and other employees at its 3,500 U.S. offices for the upcoming tax season. The jobs are a mix of seasonal and year-round, said Kryssi Contreras, who owns a Liberty franchise in The Colony that has several offices in the region.
Classes start in September, and candidates who pass start work in November. Pay ranges from $7.25 per hour to full-time salaries of $40,000, with commission bonuses, Contreras said.
"You learn so much," she said. "It's good starting ground" for students.
Liberty competitor Jackson Hewitt also expects to launch fall tax preparation classes in September, spokeswoman Melissa Connerton said.
The company expects to hire 26,000 tax preparers for the 2012 season, including 6,000 in Texas, 2,000 of them in Dallas-Fort Worth, a "moderate increase" from last year, she said. Jackson Hewitt has 800 Texas offices, including more than 200 in DFW.
The jobs pay $8-$9 per hour plus a commission bonus. They start in December or early January and run through the third week of April, Connerton said.
"No prior experience necessary," she said. Jackson Hewitt's "course covers basic tax law information." Apply at 800-234-1040 or www.jacksonhewitt.com.
Six Flags Over Texas does little holiday hiring but is looking for 250 people in September and 200 in October for its annual FrightFest, which runs on weekends in October, said Tyrone Taylor, director of administration. That includes food service, rides, security and costume characters, he said.
The park ran auditions this week for 20-25 characters and is taking applications for other jobs at www.sixflagsjobs.com.
Most of the jobs start at minimum wage. Security officers begin at $8-$9 an hour, and performers make $10 per hour, Taylor said.
Boyer, of Snagajob, said job seekers interested in fall work should pay attention to Halloween, a big season for discount stores, drugstores and party centers.
"That's their Christmas," Boyer said.
He notes that "a good number" of holiday jobs go to previous employees.
"And it's not necessarily about the employer reaching out," he said. "I would go ahead now and reach out to them."
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