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Navigating the choppy seasonal job waters often requires a beacon of guiding light. Career experts attest that there are many job seekers determined to find seasonal employment this holiday season, so it is imperative that job seekers start applying as soon as possible. Being punctual and flexible are important tips to keep in mind, giving you a step up on the competition to find seasonal jobs during the hectic holiday season while also making you a desirable candidate for overtime hours and a potential offer for long-term employment. Read on for more in-depth seasonal job tips below:

 
 
 

 

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Excerpt from: "10 tips for finding seasonal jobs"

"Start your job search now. October is the peak month for hiring seasonal workers. You could wait until November, of course, but the competition will be that much tougher then.

Focus on retail's bright spots. Competition can be intense because so many people try for part-time retail jobs to help them cover holiday expenses. But you may be able to find work at discount retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target, dollar stores, convenience stores, craft stores, photo studios and toy stores...Fall Leaves

Get presents where they need to go. You could land a part-time shipping-related job handling packages or working as a seasonal driver with an employer such as UPS. This also is a good time of year to help out with packaging, shipping and receiving at online retailers’ warehouses and distribution centers... [...]"

Find the complete St. Petersburg Times article.

Excerpt from: "Tips for landing a seasonal gig"

"Don’t delay. According to the survey, the peak month for holiday hiring is October, when 39 percent of hiring managers begin hiring. September and November are the “shoulder seasons” for holiday hiring...

Consider retail, but also be aware of other options. The holiday season is typically a boon for places like toy stores – Toys “R” Us®, a SnagAJob.com employer, expects to hire 35,000 seasonal workers – but retail is not your only option. UPS® is hiring for seasonal drivers. JCPenney Portraits® is hiring team members to take holiday photos... Snowflakes

Focus on a positive attitude. More than anything, a positive attitude is likely to impress hiring managers. Three in 10 hiring managers say that a positive attitude is the most important attribute a prospective seasonal hire can possess...

Go back to where you’ve been before. This is not the year to be selective about a seasonal job. If you’ve worked for a certain business before, check with it to see if it will be hiring again... [...]"

Find the complete BusinessWire article.

Excerpt from: "How to find holiday jobs"

"Go Big and Go Small: Look at big box, big names, especially in retail and package handling because this is their busiest time of year.

Package Handling: UPS will hire 50,000 seasonal package handlers and drivers' helpers. (That’s down from 60,000 two years ago, but it's a big number of openings.) These are fast-paced, physically demanding roles with average pay starting at $8.50 an hour...

Retailers: Toys R Us will hire 35,000 seasonal employees nationwide, which is on par with its workforce for the last two holiday seasons. In addition to applying to the giants, walk the mall and your neighborhood looking for “help wanted” signs...Candy Cane

Security Firms: Companies such as Allied Barton beef up their ranks with seasonal hires to safeguard the big crowds in stores... [...]"

Find the complete ABC News article.

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