How 65% of holiday job seekers plan to search for work in December

Darrell Jones |
Darrell is Snagajob’s Manager of Content & Copywriting, where he enjoys writing and editing advice that helps workers and businesses align and succeed. His first hourly job was totally chill, bagging ice at an ice cube f-f-f-factory.

With the holidays now in full swing, shoppers are suddenly out in droves. To meet the need, it’s obviously critical to have the staff in place to keep your business humming as the demand rises. 

But, with an uncertain economy and rising inflation, job seekers are also itching to join in on the seasonal surge. Despite the nearness of the holidays, many job seekers are just now looking to pick up extra hours to help pay the bills and buy holiday gifts. This includes first-time workers, students on break, retirees re-entering the job market, and many workers looking for a second job.

However, it’s important to act quickly to find and recruit these candidates. Which means you have to know where job seekers are looking. In our recent Holiday Hiring Report, we asked over 3,700 hourly workers where they plan to find a holiday seasonal job. Here are their responses:

  • 65% - Online job boards

  • 53% - Google Search

  • 34% - Visiting locations in person

  • 32% - Recommendations from friends/family

  • 28% - Social media

With online job boards like Snagajob as the most popular choice, this is a great place to begin your search for last-minute holiday workers. 

You also have to be efficient though, as time is of the essence. That’s why we recommend you check out 8 Tips For Creating That “Make-Or-Break” Holiday Job Post. It will help ensure that your job post speaks to what holiday job seekers are looking for, including what to add and what to leave out.

With the right job post, and the right information gleaned from our timely Hourly Hiring Report, you still have plenty of time to find the hourly workers who will make this a successful season.

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PS: For a holiday hiring 2022 deep dive into the Retail, Restaurant, Hotel & Hospitality, or Warehouse & Logistics industries, check out our four industry-specific editions. Plus there’s also our infographic with a quick snapshot of the report’s findings.