Retailers are beginning to prepare now for holiday hiring. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises job seekers to apply early and research potential employers for the best chance at landing a job that fits your needs.
The BBB offers the following advice for job hunters this holiday season:
- Start your job search earlier rather than later. 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 then 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 20-40 percent for seasonal employees.
- Put your best foot forward. 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.
And just as you would check out a company before you made a purchase from them, BBB advises that you take the time to do some research about a company before you apply or accept an employment opportunity.
Visit http://vi.bbb.org/Find-Business-Reviews/ to check out a company's BBB Business Review.