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Holiday Hiring Trends

Author: Laurie Knafo/Monday, November 25, 2013/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, SNI Certes, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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During November and December 2014, holiday consumer sales are expected to top $602.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. This is a 3.9 percent increase over last year. But do more holiday sales mean more holiday jobs?

Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicates that October 2013, saw the best holiday hiring numbers in 14 years. The 159,500 net new jobs in retail in October is a 6.7 percent increase from last year. And, November numbers are expected to be stronger.

According to a CareerBuilder survey, 39 percent of retailers plan to hire holiday help this year, up from 36 percent last year. In addition, employers in information technology (18%), leisure and hospitality (16%) and financial services (16%) plan to hire seasonal staff. And, more than half of employers, 51 percent, plan to pay $10 or more per hour.


Forbes reports that the top job titles companies will be recruiting during the 2014 holiday season include:

  • Customer Service – 33 percent
  • Shipping/Delivery – 18 percent
  • Inventory Management – 17 percent
  • Administrative/Clerical – 15 percent
  • Sales (non-retail) – 12 percent
  • Marketing – 9 percent
  • Accounting/Finance – 6 percent

 

While the number of available position is promising, candidates will still face stiff competition. It is important that candidates treat the application process for a holiday position as seriously as the hunt for a full-time, permanent position. That includes wearing appropriate attire to the interview and following up with a thank-you note or e-mail.

Candidates should also come to the interview well prepared. According to the CareerBuilder survey, 33 percent of employers tend to dismiss candidates who know nothing about their company or products. To prepare, review the company’s Web site and become familiar with their products and service values. If you are a regular customer of their product and service be sure to mention it.

Perhaps most importantly, candidates should be flexible when it comes to their work schedule. Companies hire seasonal employees who can work hours when their full-time staff cannot – often on weekends or at night. The more willing you are to take these undesirable shifts, the better your chances are of getting hired.

Pursuing a seasonal job can be more than a great way to make a little extra cash. In 2012, one major retail department store offered more than a third of its seasonal employees full-time positions, and a national toy store chain turned 15 percent of holiday hires into permanent positions according to the Better Business Bureau. So, get out there and take advantage of the opportunities available this season. You could find yourself with a full-time job in the future!

If getting an interview is your goal, then writing a strong, factual, detailed and error free resume is your best tool for success.

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Laurie Knafo
Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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