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Are You Looking for Temporary Employment This Holiday Season?

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Every year, Americans turn to seasonal jobs to help make ends meet, pay for their holiday spending, or put money into their savings accounts. It's estimated that 94% of seasonal jobs will be filled by the end of November, so we recommend you start your search now.

Big name companies have started advertising for seasonal employment. There are five well-known companies that could make up for 359,000 jobs alone this season! The following employment numbers have been reported for those five companies: Macy's - 85,000 hires; Kohl's - 69,000 hires;
Toys "R" Us - 40,000 hires; Target - 70,000 hires; UPS - 95,000 hires. With websites like Snagajob.com and Indeed.com you may find that there are plenty of opportunities in your area for seasonal work. Now, all you need to do is go out there and get hired!

Start early: Now is the time to reach out to potential employers and let them know that you are interested in seasonal work. Give them an idea of the weeks and times that you will be available. Many prospective employers have convenient web pages to take your application, so don’t forget to use the internet as a tool for finding seasonal work.

Let people know you are looking: Word of mouth can often make the difference between having a seasonal job or not. Let your friends and family know that you are looking for seasonal work as well as the kind of job you would like to have.

Apply for as many jobs as possible: Don’t place all of your eggs in one basket. You may really want to work for a specific company, but the person in line in front of you might have just accepted the last opening. By applying at more than one company, you have better odds of landing a job.

Smile: Sounds silly, but for jobs that will interact with the public, employers are looking for enthusiastic and friendly employees.

Think long term: But, aren’t seasonal jobs temporary? Yes they are and the overwhelming majority of seasonal workers will be let go after the holiday season is behind us. However, a handful of workers may have the opportunity to transition to a permanent position. You can improve your odds by showing good work habits and a stand out attitude.

  • Show up to work on time every time and work hard while you are there. Employers love employees with a great work ethic.
  • Be as flexible as you can possibly be with your scheduling. Be willing to cover shifts for no-shows. You will put more money in your pocket while getting a good reputation with your managers.
  • Always have a good attitude. Follow instructions and be cheerful while you work.

Seasonal jobs are a great way to pad your pockets this holiday season. Start early with your job hunt and put your best foot forward to improve the odds of landing the job you want!

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