Holiday Job Shopping? The Better Business Bureau Offers These Tips

November 27, 2012

Chicago, IL- November 15, 2012 - Job hunters may get an early present this year as retailers look to increase the number of hires during the holiday season. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers tips on how to land a seasonal job.

“Seasonal positions offer a great opportunity to make some extra cash for the holidays,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Due to the high volume of applicants for these jobs, it is best to have a plan when you begin your search.”

The BBB offers the following tips for job hunters:

·         Start the job search earlier rather than later. The key to landing a seasonal job is to start searching early. Retail, shipping, restaurants and catering companies are common sources of seasonal employment. Now is the time for job hunters to determine which job suits them best, identify companies they’d like to work for and then begin submitting applications and resumes. 

·         Research companies prior to submitting job applications. Always check out the company’s BBB Business Review for free at to see if the company has received a passing grade from the BBB and a record of taking care of consumers. Also, never give your credit card or checking account information to an individual or business that promises employment. Legitimate employers never charge fees to prospective employees. 

Work where you shop. Try to identify seasonal employment with businesses you actually shop at or frequent. You will already be familiar with the company and its products and discounts available for employees may mean significant savings when shopping for Holiday gifts.

Put your best foot forward. Even if you are just picking up an application at stores in the mall, dress your best and be prepared for an interview. This includes being familiar with the company’s brand and its products, as well as reviewing the store’s website. 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 that may include 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.

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As a private, non-profit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices and charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reviews on businesses and nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation.