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‘Tis the Season: Get Yourself Hired for the Holidays

Christmas does not just mean stuffing stockings, lighting trees and sighting Santa around town. It can also be a good time to get hired – especially in a seasonal role.

Last year, the number of Americans working in the retail industry, for instance, increased by 318,900 employees in November and 134,700 employees in December. These figures, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, offer some indication of what the holidays could bring – by way of jobs – this year too.

How can you take advantage of the spike in holiday-related employment?

Look out for “Help Wanted” signs in storefront windows downtown or at nearby malls. Check out the listings in your local newspaper. Major national chains like Kohl’s, Macy’s, Target and Walmart are all companies to consider.

Are you web-savvy? A quick Google search turns up an ad for seasonal jobs at Tiffany & Co., the jeweler known for its little blue box. Some outfits are choosing to spread the word about job opportunities using the web site Twitter.

You can also look outside of retail.

Other non-retail seasonal job options include delivery positions at companies like FedEx and UPS, instructor or patrol roles at ski resorts or restaurant work in frequented holiday destinations.

A recent search for “holiday” on the job search site SimplyHired.com – in no particular U.S. city – turned up 98,274 jobs across the web. These included postings to earn “Extra Holiday Cash” for data entry work near Philadelphia or, for nurse practitioners, to do in-home patient assessments in parts of Texas.

A seasonal job could also become a foot in the door. If you’re enthusiastic, arrive on time and learn quickly, you just might get yourself hired into the new year – permanently.

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