CROMWELL, Conn. (WTNH) — Now is the time of year companies sound the siren for seasonal employees, but this year, things are looking different. According to Career Builder, 43 percent of employers also plan on hiring for full-time and permanent positions.
“As goes the economy, so goes employment, and we see that retailers are optimistic about the sales figures that they’re going to have by the end of this year,” said Howard Schwartz, executive communications director of the Connecticut Better Business Bureau.
When it comes to looking for a job this holiday season, Schwartz says don’t just turn to the usual search sites. Also look for openings on social media.
“The companies are getting the word out any way they can because they want those jobs filled and more than that they need those jobs filled,” Schwartz explained.
During the job hunt, keep an open mind.
“You have to leave your options open because you may not find exactly what you’re looking for,” Schwartz explained. “That being said, your skills might be very valuable for some other type of opening. See what they’ve got.”
Also, don’t forget to look for jobs at local stores.
“This time of year they need extra help at florists, caterers, those types of things, so don’t be afraid to make some calls and be proactive in order to find a job in the neighborhood,” Schwartz explained.
And it’s a good idea to apply at stores where you typically shop.
“You already know the kind of merchandise they have as well as the store layout and corporate culture, so if you apply at a store that you know or you might know somebody, you’ve definitely got a leg up in terms of the competition,” Schwartz said.
Plus the employee discounts are an added bonus.
“You can get anywhere from a 15 to 25 percent discount on merchandise in the store itself so there are your holiday gifts right there,” Schwartz explained.
Also, look out for signs on employment fraud, which Schwartz says is rampant this time of year. If someone calls your phone offering you the job of a lifetime but also asks for personal info, be weary.