Help Wanted: For the Holidays and Beyond

What you need to know if you are looking for a seasonal job


Have you seen the “Help wanted” and “Hiring now for seasonal employment” banners hanging everywhere from Target to the local strip mall? Companies have already started hiring for the holidays. Employers expect 2016 hiring to remain consistent with 2015 at approximately 750,000. However, if you are looking for seasonal employment there are a few factors that make this year better than last.

  1. Overall national employment rates are low, around 5.0%. This will make it more difficult for employers to find workers, therefore they are willing to pay more for good workers.
  2. Minimum wage is rising across the country, retailers expect to pay workers between 5% -10% more per hour. When Wal-Mart announced that company-wide minimum wage would be $10/hour, they joined a chorus of voices at the state and municipal level increasing wages across the country.
  3. Retail isn’t the only sector of the economy that hires during the holidays, warehousing/logistics and hospitality also see increases to meet the holiday rush. Shipping giants, UPS and FedEx are changing their ways to attract workers. UPS is working to become more flexible and has added shifts as short as three and five hours.

What are the benefits of working a seasonal job?

Are you thinking of finding a side job to make extra cash? If you are, you may be an ideal candidate for one of the vast amount of seasonal job opportunities that come around during the holiday season. Besides providing you with some… click to read more


Are you looking for a permanent position, a seasonal job can help


For those exclusively seeking long-term careers, Phil Rosenberg, President of reCareered explains why the numbers are also in your favor for securing full-time employment, “What ends up happening is that hiring managers put a great deal of pressure on recruiters to be able to get them candidates and set up interviews before everyone in the company goes away for Christmas break.” Despite the push… click to read more