Looking for a Seasonal Holiday Job? Follow these Tips from the Better Business Bureau

November 17, 2013

Job hunters are in luck during this year’s holiday season-- retailers and package delivery services are expected to increase the  number of temporary and seasonal workers they hire. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers tips on how to find a worth while seasonal job.

Seasonal job positions are great if you are looking for a temporary way to make some extra cash during the holidays.Since there area high number of applicants for these jobs, it is best to have a plan for your job search.


The BBB offers the following tips for jobhunters:


·        Start your job search today. The key to landing a seasonal job is to start searching early. 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 companiesprior to submitting applications. Always check out the company’s BBB BusinessReview for free at www.bbb.orgto see if the company has received a good rating from the BBB and a record oftaking care of consumers and employees.


·        Be careful withcredit card or checking account information. Never give these account numbers toan individual or business that promises employment. Legitimate employers nevercharge fees to prospective employees. 

·        Work where you shop. Try to identify seasonalemployment with businesses you actually shop at or frequent. You will alreadybe familiar with the company and its products and discounts available foremployees may mean significant savings when shopping for holiday gifts.

·        Put your best foot forward. Even if you arejust picking up an application at stores in the mall, dress your best and beprepared for an interview. This includes being familiar with the company’sbrand and its products, as well as reviewing the store’s website. Retail jobhunters in particular need to focus on impressing potential employers withtheir customer service skills—which is a must when dealing with stressed-outshoppers, long check-out lines and day-after-Christmas returns.  

·        Be flexible. Full-timeemployees usually have first dibs on the preferred hours and shifts. As aseasonal employee, expect to work long, sometimes inconvenient hours that mayinclude Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. If this is a second job in addition to yourday job, be upfront and clear with your new employer about your availability.

Formore tips you can trust, visit www.bbb.org