With holiday shopping right around the corner, retailers are looking to looking to hire between 500,000 and 550,000 seasonal employees this holiday season according to the National Retail Federation. Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina (BBB) is offering advice for job seekers looking for a seasonal gig.
“With companies large companies looking for seasonal employees, there are a lot of options for job seekers” said Mallory Wojciechowski, president and CEO of BBB serving Eastern North Carolina. “It is important for job seekers to make sure they are prepared and make sure they put their best foot forward in the interview process.”
BBB offers the following advice for job seekers this holiday season:
Start the search soon. Retail, shipping, restaurants and catering companies are common sources of seasonal employment. This is the time for job hunters to determine which job suits them best, identify companies they’d like to work for and begin submitting applications and resumes.
Work where you shop. Try to identify seasonal employment opportunities at businesses where you shop. You will already be familiar with the company and its products, and discounts available to employees can mean significant savings when shopping for gifts. Discounts can range from 20 to 40 percent for seasonal employees.
Always be prepared. Even if you are just picking up applications at stores in the mall, dress neatly and be prepared for an interview. This includes being familiar with the company’s brand and products. Retail job hunters need to focus on impressing potential employers with their customer service skills because they may be dealing with stressed-out shoppers, long check-out lines and holiday returns.
Be flexible. Full-time employees usually have first choice on preferred hours and shifts. As a seasonal employee, you can expect to work long, sometimes inconvenient hours, possibly including 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.
Avoid job scams. There are always job scams out there that aim to steal money from victims or use their personal information to commit fraud. Try and pick up an application in person or confirm the company website is legitimate if applying online.