Looking for a job? The holidays are the perfect time to get back into the working market!
By Mary Schwager, GalTime.com Consumer Watchdog
Are you looking for a job? Think the holidays aren't a good time to get a new gig? Wrong! Now is the time to get your application in! Some industries are hiring seasonal staff and that part-time job you land could help you to work your way into a full-time position. What industries are hiring? What's the secret to getting the gig? Employers revealed their secrets to CareerBuilder in a new survey.
Companies across many industries expect to hire a number of seasonal workers for key areas like: Customer service, shipping, administrative support and other positions. Nearly 29 percent of retailers plan to have extra employees around the holidays, which is actually a moderate decline from 2010. The survey polled more than 2600 employers between August 16 and September 8, 2011. Insider tip: You may want to look in the hospitality field, 10% of those companies say they will add seasonal staff.
"While retail has the lion's share of seasonal jobs, you can also find opportunities in various industries and corporate roles. Hiring managers continually tell us that they will transition some seasonal workers into permanent employees, so you want to apply early and let the employer know up front that you're interested in long-term employment," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder.
WHO'S HIRING? POPULAR AREAS FOR RECRUITMENT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON INCLUDE:
* Customer Service - 30 percent
* Administrative/Clerical support - 16 percent
* Shipping/Delivery - 15 percent
* Technology - 12 percent
* Inventory management - 10 percent
* Non-retail sales - 9 percent
* Accounting/Finance - 8 percent
* Marketing - 8 percent
COMPANIES ARE HIRING THE SAME, BUT PAYING MORE
More than half of employers (53 percent) reported they will pay $10 or more per hour to seasonal staff, up from 48 percent last year. Fourteen percent will pay $16 or more, up from 9 percent last year.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO GET A SEASONAL GIG
While holiday jobs fill up quickly, 33 percent of employers who are hiring seasonal staff reported they are still recruiting for open positions in November. Eleven percent said they may still be recruiting as late as December.
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST TURNOFFS FOR EMPLOYERS WHEN INTERVIEWING FOR SEASONAL JOBS?
A lack of flexibility or expressed interest top the list, according to employers surveyed.
* Someone who is unwilling to work certain hours - 70 percent
* Someone who isn't enthusiastic - 63 percent
* Someone who is more interested in the discount than anything else - 40 percent
* Someone who knows nothing about company/products - 36 percent
* Someone who shows up wearing clothes or merchandise from a competitor's store - 22 percent
HOW CAN WORKERS TURN A SEASONAL JOB INTO A FULL-TIME POSITION?
Thirty percent of employers who are hiring seasonal help plan to transition some employees into full-time, permanent staff. To stand out as a candidate for a long-term opportunity, hiring managers recommended the following:
* Provide above and beyond customer service. Offer help instead of waiting to be asked for it. - 66 percent
* Let the employer know up front that you're interested in permanent employment - 49 percent
* Proactively ask for more projects - 45 percent
* Ask thoughtful questions about the organization - 39 percent
* Present ideas on how to do something better or try something new - 34 percent
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive © on behalf of CareerBuilder among 2,696 hiring managers and human resource professionals (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) between August 16 and September 8, 2011 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 2,696, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 1.89 percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.
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