Counting on a seasonal job during the holidays?

Salt Lake City Tribune (Abridged)

Those wanting to nab seasonal work should start applying immediately, especially if they are looking for something a little more permanent. In order to improve your chances of getting hired, you should be flexible. In a survey by of hiring managers from 1,000 companies, half reported they plan to make do with current staff, while 29% say there’s simply no extra money to hire more staff. It will be tougher to get seasonal work because so many of those seeking full-time work are willing to take part-time jobs now.

During the holiday season, many employers will need workers for night and weekend shifts. Nearly a quarter of those surveyed said this was the most important aspect for hiring. If you say you can only work certain daytime hours, your application may get tossed out. Be positive. Showing up for a job interview with a friendly smile, a solid handshake and an upbeat attitude is the most critical aspect for 34% of those surveyed.

Make sure to highlight your qualifications. One quarter of hiring managers said experience was the most important aspect for them. List your skills on the application and mention them again in the interview. Do your homework. When interviewing, tell the manager how much you love the company, the service, the product, etc. Be committed. Seasonal work doesn’t stop until the end of January. Many students can’t work that long because of school commitments, so the person who can stay longer may have a leg up.

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