CareerBuilder released its annual Seasonal Hiring Forecast this morning, and though it’s barely Halloween, many employers are already thinking well beyond Thanksgiving and are planning for their holiday hiring needs. Which means that if you’re planning to pad your pocket with some extra cash this holiday season, now is the time to start your job search.
“Job seekers looking for seasonal work should prepare their resumes and look into open positions sooner rather than later, as a significant number of employers start hiring for seasonal positions in October,” says Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America.
While the retail industry reported the most need for holiday workers — 33 percent of seasonal positions are expected to be in this industry — there are other options for those who feel that their stress thresholds aren’t high enough to handle holiday shoppers.
The following round out the top-five sectors in which employers plan to add seasonal workers:
- Customer service – 31 percent
- Admin/clerical – 17 percent
- Shipping and warehousing – 12 percent
- Hospitality – 10 percent
CareerBuilder has already seen an uptick in companies posting seasonal positions in each of these areas. The following are just a sampling of companies that have already listed at least 100 seasonal openings:
(Hint: Click on company links for available positions, and click here for a list of 15 more companies that are currently hiring for the holidays.)
Industry: Office, office services
Global Experience Specialist (GES)
Industry: Convention services
Location: Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Dallas
Industry: Fashion retail
Location: New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas
Industry: Transportation and logistics
Though a lot of companies are looking for seasonal help, the highly competitive state of the job market means that — while getting an early start will be helpful – that in itself won’t necessarily be enough to nail down a position.
Rasmussen offers the following tips to job seekers looking for seasonal work :
Don’t say you want the job for the discount. Even if it’s one of the main reasons you want to work this season, don’t tell your interviewer that you’re looking forward to buying your holiday gifts at 50 percent off or shipping them for free. Thirty-one percent of hiring managers said they’d be turned off by a candidate who seemed more excited about the discount than the job.
Show that you’re excited about the opportunity. Seasonal hiring managers who responded to the survey said that a lack of enthusiasm is the No. 1 deterrent to hiring a candidate. Additionally, 40 percent of respondents said it was likely that they’d transition some of their seasonal hires into full-time employees, so demonstrating enthusiasm for the company and the role may make the employer more likely to keep you around in 2011.
Get to know the company before the interview. Many seasonal positions only last a few months, but that doesn’t mean the interview should be taken any less seriously. Thirty percent of seasonal hiring managers said they would be unlikely to hire a candidate that had little knowledge of the company or its products.
Watch what you wear. If you’re applying for a retail position, make sure you dress the part (i.e. no fishnets at a Gap interview). Fifteen percent of hiring managers also said they’d be put off by a candidate who showed up in a competitor’s ensemble.
Will you be looking for work this holiday season? Tell us about your plans in the comments section.