The U.S. economy continues to struggle and the oft-used term 'jobless recovery' remains as apt as ever. Yet, despite the doldrums, many companies are hiring.

If you're looking for a job, these three themes can help you focus your search: Seasonal hiring, growth in discount retailers and competition in tech. I've identified three companies that represent each of these hiring trends:

UPS (UPS): The package delivery company announced recently that it is adding 50,000 seasonal jobs. Best Buy (BBY), Kohls (KSS), Toys R Us and other retailers have announced major hiring plans to cover the holiday rush. The trick is to get a seasonal job and perform so well that the company offers you a full-time job after the holidays are over.

UPS has announced that it will convert some of the seasonal workers to full-time employment. It is looking for drivers, package sorters and other jobs in its huge distribution centers.

Dollar General (DG): Companies that focus on the discount sector are doing well while the economy sputters Hence, Dollar General, which competes with WalMart (WMT) on the low-end (25% of its products are $1 or less), is expanding. It has 9,000 stores, mostly in small town or rural areas, and is looking for managers around the country. No doubt many of these stores are also looking for part-time clerks and seasonal workers.

Google (GOOG): The Internet behemoth only seems to get larger and more powerful. Yet it is facing increasing competition from the likes of Facebook and Twitter, who are hiring away some of its top talent. It needs more engineers and will pay handsomely for them. But you don't have to be a computer whiz to work at Google. The New York office list 32 openings for advertising account managers, for example.

Don't let the onset of the holiday season discourage you from jump-starting your job search. Companies are hiring now. Also check out AOL Careers, which lists 10 Companies that are hiring each week. If you're out of work, there is no better gift for your family for the holidays than getting a new job.

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UPS says they are hiring. my 21 year old grandson apply in oct. of 2009 they never call him. so, now 2010 they say they are hiring. in oct. of of this year 2010 he apply again they still have'nt call,??????????

November 29 2010 at 12:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hello everyone, hope you've had a good day.

November 28 2010 at 11:32 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

You fail to mention they are paying minimum wage. I'm a seasonal employee for Target in Michigan and make $7.40. Better than nothihg but hardley enough to survive on! Unemployment in Michigan is still one of the highest. And I'm NOT drawing off the tax payers!!!!!!!!! Freida - could you pay your bills working for this wage???????? I think not - A$$WIPE!

November 28 2010 at 9:38 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Who helped to success google? INIDAN MAN, neither Bank and nor venture capital.

November 28 2010 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Americans we must agree on 1 thing and that is the rich do not need more tax breaks. We would have to borrow another 700 billion from the Chinese to pay for their breaks. This is a security risk for America since they are very friendly with north Korea. Please contact your congrssmen senators and the White House by phone or e-mail and tell them NO EXTENTIONS FOR TAX BREAKS FOR THE RICH we are running out of time to send them a message.

November 28 2010 at 6:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Ha, Ha, Ha...Want to see "WHO" is getting hired at Google, Yahoo etc. Go and park across the street from any of their building and tell me what you'll see coming and going day and night..."East Indaian's"...and very few American workers. So, anytime we see the figures saying employment of the rise...Ask who is getting these so-called jobs? These corporation are not even advertising in this country, they are all trolling these web sites for H1B Visa workers, or signing them up right on our college campuses; Again, Foreign Workers.

November 28 2010 at 2:44 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

MadMax...Dpn't stress! UPS, a mieghbors of mine, her brother just happens to work for UPS. That place has turned into a sweat shop the way they treat people these days. He got out after working for them over 7 years. Only ones that get anywhere were the brown nosers. And those Dollar Stores, I'm telling you now, you'd be dealing mostly with cheap people day & night, haggling over prices even in that place...If you want to believe that.

November 28 2010 at 2:35 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

-Give me a break! I just happen to live out in Silicon Valley, CA and a "USE TO BE"Republican...But hell NO! It was, almost to the very hour George Bush Jr. set foot in that White House all our engineering jobs started flying out of this country for Both India and China. And not only that, on top of that, It ws a Republican Congree that gave these corporations the go ahead to be bringing in more and more of the Contract Visa workers to steal what jobs were still state side. Hell, Today, you can come out and see it for yourself, Silicon Valley looks more like another Mumbai we have so many of these Gonzo's living here. It's mostly the Republican party that sold this countrys workers up Zhit Creek and then took away the paddles. No, You think the Republican party is for job creation?

November 28 2010 at 2:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I have applied to UPS and Dollar General still sitting here with no job. Your story has big holes in it.

November 28 2010 at 10:43 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

I would love to work for Google but I am on the east coast. As for the Dollar Store and UPS, I have applied to both these outfits many times. Dollar Store hires people for remote location stores -- The Dollar General near me has had the sign up since May. Phishing that's all. UPS hires then right before you get to that 3 month can get unemployment they fire you. Sorry big biz we are all on to the games and the gimmicks. I WANT A 40 HOURS DECENT LIVING WAGE JOB no part time tempy work (temp agencies another joke on American Labor) -- The reason big corporations are getting away with this crap is because our good for nothing politicians let them. Same as ESOP, and retirement /pension funds that the greedy CEO's raid.

November 28 2010 at 9:49 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply