Oakland, CA November 7, 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 worthwhile seasonal job.
“Seasonal job positions are great if you are looking for a temporary way to make some extra cash during the holidays,” said Gene O'Neil, president & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving San Francisco Bay Area and Northern Coastal California. “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 job hunters:
- 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 companies prior to submitting applications. Always check out the company’s BBB Business Review for free at www.bbb.org to see if the company has received a good rating from the BBB and a record of taking care of consumers and employees.
- Be careful with credit card or checking account information. Never give these account numbers 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. 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 availability.
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