RALEIGH-- Halloween is still weeks away, but holiday hiring is already on the minds of many major retailers across the country.
"Hopefully I'll have a job within this month hopefully," said Raleigh resident Ryan Dickerson, who was not able to land a job last season.
Dickerson said scoring one this year would be his ultimate gift.
"I can't even explain it, it'd mean so much to me, presents for the family. You know, for once I can give back."
A survey by the Hay Group, a global management consultancy, shows 57 percent of retailers plan to hire seasonal workers at the same level as 2011. However 36 percent plan to hire more workers, which is a change from last year when only 10 percent of retailers planned to hire more seasonal workers than the season before.
"We're expecting to see a large show up of people apply for a job here. We're looking to hire about 30 to 40 seasonal team members,” said Kelly Flaherty, a Target manager at North Hills in Raleigh.
The Hay Group survey indicates some retailers like Target also want to retain workers beyond the holiday season.
"Last year I think we had about 30 percent of our seasonal team members stay with us and are still with us as regular team members, so we're looking to reach that number again this year," explained Flaherty.
Other retailers like Toys R Us plans to hire 45,000 seasonal workers across the country this year, which is 5,000 more than last year. Kohl's department stores are opening up spots for more than 52,000 seasonal staff, which is 10 percent more than last year.
Dickerson and others are left feeling more optimistic they'll be bringing home a pay check this season.
"Get back working again. Its been so long."
According to the Hay Group survey, retailers said nearly 75 percent of their seasonal hires will be in stores and about 10 percent will be in distribution centers.