Saturday, October 27, 2012

How To Get A Holiday Job


With the unemployment rate at 7.8% and 4.8 million job seekers out of work for at least 27 weeks, many people are turning to that staple of seasonal employment, the Christmas holiday job. Though retailers are not forecasting a record-setting holiday season, they do expect gains from last year, and many companies are planning to hire seasonal workers to handle the increased demand.

According to John Challenger, chief executive of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the Chicago-based outplacement firm that tracks job-cut and hiring announcements, holiday hiring will gain this year over 2011. Last year, seasonal hiring rose just 1.9% over the previous year. But this year will be stronger, predicts Challenger. “Nobody thinks it’s going to be a blockbuster year but I think generally, retailers feel that the season is going to be better,” he says.

A recent survey by management consultants, the Hay Group, underlines that trend. In a poll of 14 ... Read the entire article.

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