If you are looking to get your foot in the door for temporary or full time employment at a major retailer or local shop, now is the time to start applying. Connecticut Better Business Bureau says some big chains already have announced plans to hire tens of thousands of temporary employees for the holidays.
While there is no guarantee that the seasonal work will evolve into full time employment, these kinds of opportunities allow job-seekers to get some real time experience, prove their abilities and make contact with decision-makers and others who can help them network.
“The holiday shopping season typically offers tremendous employment opportunities,”
Connecticut BBB says there are several ways applicants can position themselves as ideal candidates:
Start the job search now - The key to landing a seasonal job is to start searching right away. Retail stores, shipping companies, restaurants,florists and caterers are common sources of seasonal employment, and now is the time for job hunters to determine which job suits them best, identify companies they’d like to work for and begin submitting applications and resumes.
Search for opportunities -Check local business websites, use Internet search engines and check social media sites for employment-related postings.
Apply where you shop -A good starting point is businesses where you shop. One advantage of applying for work where you shop is that you will already be familiar with the company and its products. In addition, employees often receive store discounts that can range from 20-40 percent, helping pay for holiday expenses.
Put your best foot forward - Even if you are just picking up applications at stores in the mall, dress your best and be prepared for an interview. Preparations include being familiar with the company’s brand and products. Retail job hunters in particular need to focus on impressing potential employers with their customer service skills—which is a must when dealing with stressed-out shoppers, long check-out lines and day-after-Christmas returns.
Be flexible - Full-time employees usually have first dibs on the preferred hours and shifts, so, as a seasonal employee, expect to work long, sometimes inconvenient hours including working on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. If this is a second job in addition to your day job, be upfront and clear with your new employer about your available hours.
Be careful – Criminals have been posting fake job postings using the name of existing businesses. Legitimate employers will never ask for money for a background check, nor require personal information such as your Social Security or bank account numbers through web-based sites, email or by telephone.
For more advice on making it through the holidays, visit us online at www.bbb.org/