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Retailers Now Hiring For Holiday Season

Holiday employment can evolve into a full time job because job-seekers can prove their abilities and make contact with decision-makers and others who can help them network.

Connecticut BBB Offers 5 Tips to Help you Get Hired

If you are looking to get your foot in the door for temporary or full time employment at a major retailer or local shop, now is the time to start applying.  Connecticut Better Business Bureau says some big chains already have announced plans to hire tens of thousands of temporary employees for the holidays.

While there is no guarantee that the seasonal work will evolve into full time employment, these kinds of opportunities allow job-seekers to get some real time experience, prove their abilities and make contact with decision-makers and others who can help them network.

“The holiday shopping season typically offers tremendous employment opportunities,” according to Connecticut Better Business Bureau President, Paulette Scarpetti.  “The hiring has already begun.”

Connecticut BBB says there are several ways applicants can position themselves as ideal candidates:

Start the job search now - The key to landing a seasonal job is to start searching right away.  Retail stores, shipping companies, restaurants, florists and caterers are common sources of seasonal employment, and now 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. 

Search for opportunities - Check local business websites, use Internet search engines and check social media sites for employment-related postings.

Apply where you shop - A good starting point is businesses where you shop. One advantage of applying for work where you shop is that you will already be familiar with the company and its products.  In addition, employees often receive store discounts that can range from 20-40 percent, helping pay for holiday expenses.

Put your best foot forward - Even if you are just picking up applications at stores in the mall, dress your best and be prepared for an interview.  Preparations include being familiar with the company’s brand and products.  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, so, as a seasonal employee, expect to work long, sometimes inconvenient hours including working on 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.

Be carefulCriminals have been posting fake job postings using the name of existing businesses.  Legitimate employers will never ask for money for a background check, nor require personal information such as your Social Security or bank account numbers through web-based sites, email or by telephone.

For more advice on making it through the holidays, visit us online at http://ct.bbb.org/consumer-tips-holiday.

 -Submitted by Howard Schwartz Executive Communications Director, Connecticut Better Business Bureau

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Nick Cinea October 10, 2012 at 02:07 PM
"Flexible" is the key word of our generation's workforce. For an age group that's been pampered with delusions of success and grandeur since birth, we have a tough bullet to bite. The reality is that not everyone can be successful and financially-comfortable. We'll have to endure seasonal jobs, and jobs with odd/inconvenient hours to maintain an income.
Steven DeVaux October 10, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Remember every person who takes even a 10 hour a week seasonal position is one more person off the OFFICIAL unemployment rolls making it look better and better. Reminder: Your local military recruiter will give you a full time job with benefits almost immediately with a 3 year guarantee of employment too! It folks under 35 really want a job, it's theirs for the asking.
George October 11, 2012 at 01:28 PM
And you make how much as a recruiter?
Steven DeVaux October 11, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Nothing at all George. Simply trying to help lower unemployment by reminding folks of a patriotic option with immediate employment if they really didn't want to remain part of the hard core unemployed. Service of the highest order to their fellow man.
Rob Gianazza October 11, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Hey Ben, look a veteran in the eye and say that. Try leaving that racist crap off the blog.
Tom Falconieri October 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM
BEN you, NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP FROM A DOCTOR!!!! I am a VET and you are a S^%$ HEAD
BobCat October 11, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Ben - that was a dispicable remark. The very people that you are talking about protect your right to say it.
Archie Bunker III October 12, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Luca says you are a phony.....
Michael Gianfranceschi October 12, 2012 at 01:08 AM
hey ben if you don't like it why don't you go live someplace else!!!
Tom Falconieri October 12, 2012 at 02:24 AM
So what do you not believe that i am not a VET. Well better think about this long and hard.
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Bunker you do not have a clue and this is the last time i am going to show a JA like you that i was a soldier. If you take someone elses word for it you are a FOOL. Now here we go and do not ever second guess my service because i am starting to get mad about this BS http://i740.photobucket.com/albums/xx46/proguns/002-77.jpg
Luca D. Liar October 12, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Tell it to Luca the Ludicrous (A gop die hard), only he knows who is a "real" veteran. in his sick mind!
sebastian dangerfield October 12, 2012 at 04:03 AM
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