Looking for a seasonal job for the holidays? Now’s the time to start looking

Major retailers including Wal-Mart, Target and Kohl’s are planning to hire thousands of workers for the holidays. Other businesses, such as restaurants, caterers and shipping companies also are gearing up.

The jobs may be temporary, but the planned increase in hiring is

WintershoppersforWeb 300x200 Looking for a seasonal job for the holidays? Nows the time to start looking

Retailers plan to hire thousands for the busy holiday shopping season.

good news to people who’ve had a hard time landing a job in recent months.

The BBB has four tips for holiday job-seekers:

  1. Start your job search earlier rather than later. Many retailers already are collecting applications, and early applicants may have a better chance of finding a job where they want to work.
  2. Work where you shop. If you apply for jobs at stores you’re familiar with, you will have the advantage of knowing the business and its products. Employee discounts also could save you money on your own holiday shopping.
  3. Put your best foot forward. Dress neatly and be prepared for an interview even if you’re just stopping by a store to pick up an application. First impressions are key, especially in the retail sector, where employees may be dealing with stressed out shoppers, long lines and returns.
  4. Be flexible. The employer’s long-term employees likely will get first dibs on the best shifts. Newer workers should be prepared to work nights, weekends and holidays.

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About Jerri Stroud

Jerri Stroud is editor for the BBB Serving Eastern Missouri & Southern Illinois. She joined the BBB in 2008 after a long career as a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.