The weather is just now starting to cool down, but the holiday hiring season is really heating up. Each year, Snagajob surveys hourly employers to get a feel on how the year’s hiring will play out. Our 2015 Holiday Hiring Survey revealed what employers are looking for in a seasonal worker and what they are expecting to offer their workforce. We pulled together some highlights you need to know to get hired fast:
- Over 80 percent of the employers surveyed plan to hire additional workers for the holiday season. Great news!
- About 70 percent of those hiring plan on hiring at least one of the same employees from the previous year. Keep former employers in mind when you start applying to jobs.
- On average, 88 percent plan on keeping some of the seasonal employees on staff after the holidays are over. This is wonderful if you’re looking for a full-time position. Do everything you can to really impress the employer.
- Over 70 percent of the holiday positions will be filled by the end of October. What does this mean? You need to start searching NOW. Don’t put this off; you’ll have more opportunities the earlier you start searching.
- The majority of employers (85 percent) find that following up on a job application is impressive. You’ll definitely want to keep this in mind. Following up on a job application can make all the difference in your job search.
- On average, seasonal workers will clock in 23 hours per week.
- Almost 80 percent of employers feel that the federal minimum wage should be higher.
- A positive attitude is most important characteristic a seasonal job seeker can have. This is followed by: flexible schedule, commitment to work the entire season and previous experience in the industry.
- Retail workers will be paid: $9.68/hr on average.
- Food service workers will be paid: $9.33/hr on average.
- Hospitality workers will be paid: $10.97/hr on average.
We’re going to dive into these results in upcoming blog posts. Stay tuned!