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Friday, November 18, 2011

The Holiday Jobs Report

The holidays are upon us and seem to be approaching at a faster pace than usual. OR maybe thats just the last minute shopper in me talking. Moving on. The holiday season is an excellent time to pick up a second job A recent survey from found that 51% of hiring managers are filling season jobs this year.

BEFORE you go looking at me sideways, I know retail jobs are notorious for paying low wages while requiring a lot of work but its all about how you look at it. You can either sit at home for hours on end doing nothing and making nothing or you can earn a few hundred bucks working a few hours a week. This is not the time to get choosy.

Target plans to hire 92k season employees nationwide to staff its distribution centers as works and store team members. They accept online applications.

If you're in Kentucky, Zappos is taking application for its 3k temporary jobs at its fulfillment centers in Shepherdsville, KY. The pay is $8.25-$9.00 depending on shift. It may not sound like much, but its better than making nothing

Macy’s is hiring 78k temp works to staff Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and warehouses. Positions may require overnight, evening or weekend shifts. Online applications are accepted.

Best Buy will add 15k hourly associates; its phone support and distribution centers will bring on more than 3k employees to provide customer support.

Toys R Us is hiring 40k plus toy demonstrators and sales associates. The toy seller is also hiring for 10 distribution centers, including the one in McCarran, Nevada.

There is sure to be an increase in package mailings so check with package handling services like FedEx, UPS and DHL.

If you're in an area that offers outdoor activities, look into working a ski resort. If you need tips on how to search for seasonal jobs click HERE.

TIP: Instead of the old school door-to-door search (the old school way still has its perks), you should maximize the number of applications you complete by checking for a "Career Opportunities" section on the company's website.  Do a follow up call to the company and get a clear idea on the way they usually process applications and to show your interest in a position.It may also help to ask at the places you frequent like various retail stores.  This should be easy because you're already a regular so swallow your pride and ask to speak to a manager. Make sure you do this when you're dressed professionally and prepared for possible on the spot interviews.  

Keep in mind that some temp seasonal jobs have the potential to become permanent positions. Treat them as such.

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