Looking for a seasonal job? Watch out for scams

  
     
Are you looking for a seasonal job to earn some extra income? Seasonal jobs are a hot topic for scammers to prey on right now, particularly on the internet. The objective is to gather personal information for identity theft fraud, or scam money for services that will not be rendered. But one bright spot and area to consider is the retail sector. Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises job seekers to apply early and research potential employers for the best chance at landing a job that fits their needs.
November 10, 2017

Are you looking for a seasonal job to earn some extra income? Seasonal jobs are a hot topic for scammers to prey on right now, particularly on the internet. The objective is to gather personal information for identity theft fraud, or scam money for services that will not be rendered. But one bright spot and area to consider is the retail sector. Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises job seekers to apply early and research potential employers for the best chance at landing a job that fits their needs. 

According to USA Today, Target plans to hire up to 100,000 temporary workers for seasonal jobs at its stores and distribution centers. Macy’s says it will hire approximately 80,000 holiday workers. Amazon expects to hire 120,000 seasonal workers nationally. However, not all retailers are beefing up their hiring, and competition for the jobs is expected to be brisk. 

Aside from employment opportunities within the retail sector, delivery companies are looking for staff to help deal with the end-of-year peak in holiday package handling. Catering and floral businesses also look for extra help at this time of year.

Better Business Bureau offers the following tips for people looking for seasonal employment:

  • Start now — retailers begin screening candidates as early as October, however, seasonal hiring grows through November and December as in-store traffic increases.
  • Keep all options open — do not confine yourself to large retailers and department stores. Smaller stores also take on extra help to deal with the growth in holiday shopping.
  • Be resourceful — register with temp agencies, search online job boards and network through family and friends. Use search engines and social networking sites to find valuable leads using keywords such as “temp” or “seasonal.”
  • Be prepared — when looking for opportunities at the mall, dress for success and bring resumes with you in case a potential employer wants to interview you right away.
  • Be flexible — full time employees usually get the first choice of work hours, and holiday jobs usually require working long hours, evenings and weekends.
  • Be aware — scammers will be out trying to entice you with promises of big money for small jobs. Be sure to ask many questions, and go with your gut if something does not feel right. If it is too good to be true, it probably is.

Seasonal work provides opportunities for permanent positions, as well as new skills, including multi-tasking, customer service, team work and time management. Even if no full-time positions open up in the new year where you are hired over the holidays, monitor the store’s website for opportunities and network with your manager.         

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Kelvin Collins is President/CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving the Fall Line Corridor, serving 83 counties in East Alabama, West Georgia, Southwest Georgia, Central Georgia, East Georgia and Western South Carolina. This tips column is provided through the local BBB and the Council of Better Business Bureaus. The Better Business Bureau sets standards for ethical business behavior, monitors compliance and helps consumers identify trustworthy businesses. Questions or complaints about a specific company or charity should be referred directly to the BBB at Phone: 1-800-763-4222, Web site:www.bbb.org or E-mail: info@centralgeorgia.bbb.org