Tampa, Florida -- Head into a job fair near the USF campus Tuesday, and you'll find only one company that takes up two tables. It's Macy's.
They already employ thousands of people in stores and call centers around Tampa Bay, and our research found no other retailer in America hiring more people for holiday help this year.
Meghan Johnson knows what it's like to be that smiling face searching for holiday work. After college, she started at Macy's as a seasonal worker for the Christmas rush.
She stayed on full-time, and now she's helping hire some of the chain's more than 83,000 temporary holiday smiles at Tuesday's Job News Tampa job fair.
"Somebody that can smile, somebody that can stand out, somebody that has a big personality," Johnson said, describing the job candidates she looks to hire.
Last year, seasonal hiring for America's retail stores hit a 12-year high: 700,000 jobs.
A leading consultant thinks it won't quite get that high this year, but it should be close.
And multiple estimates say holiday spending should keep going up -- rising by about 4 percent this year -- as buyers shake off the sting of the recession.
"Even if somebody comes in and they don't have a lot of experience, If they have a great personality and they have the will to learn, there's no stopping them," Johnson said.
This year may be a harder to predict than usual for stores trying to hire people and sell things.
The time between Thanksgiving to Christmas has six fewer days to shop than last year -- and just four weekends in it, instead of five.
There's still time to get to that job fair near USF in Tampa.
It's at the Embassy Suites hotel at Fowler Avenue and Spectrum Boulevard.
They'll have 25 companies there until 2 p.m. Tuesday.