It’s the most wonderful time of the (hiring) year! In fact, 90 percent of employers are hiring extra staff for the holiday season.
We reached out to over 1,000 hourly employers to find out exactly what they’re looking for in their seasonal employees. Use these tips below to stand out to employers and get hired fast.
1) Positive attitude
Fact: Employers care more about your attitude than previous job experience. This is big news for anyone looking for their first job. The holiday season is THE time to be searching for jobs if you’ve never had a job before.
Holidays can be pretty hectic and somewhat stressful. Employers are looking to hire people who can stay cool under pressure and keep their customers coming back. No one wants to hire a grinch during the holiday season.
2) Open schedule
I know it’s the holiday season and, chances are, you might want to keep your nights and weekends free to hang with friends and family. BUT employers really are looking to hire those who can work those hard to fill shifts – nights and weekends.
Not only should you plan on keeping your free time open to work, also think about the holiday times you might be called in, i.e. Black Friday, Christmas Eve.
If you are available during these times, make sure to mention it to the employer when you follow up or when you go in for an interview. This will make you stand out to employers and increase your chances of getting hired quickly.
3) Ability to work the full season
Not only is it important to employers that you have a flexible schedule during the holidays, they also want to be sure you can work for the full season. This typically means November through mid-January.
In fact, almost 40 percent of employers said they’ve experienced employees walking out during the holiday season. Because of this you should make it a point to assure the employer you can commit to working throughout the entire season when needed. Not only will this help you get hired, this could also boost your chances of being kept on after the holiday season ends.
4) Someone to stick around after the holidays
While a temporary job might not be exactly what you’re looking for, if you make a strong impression there’s a good chance it could become a permanent position. Eighty-six percent of employers said they plan on keeping around some of their seasonal staff after the holidays have ended. That’s huge!
If you need a job but are looking for something more stable than seasonal employment, don’t limit yourself. Use a seasonal job as an opportunity to show employers you have what they are looking for and that they’d be foolish to let you go. With the vast majority of employers hoping to keep some of their temporary staff, there’s a good chance your position could turn permanent.
How’s your holiday job search going? Let us know in the comments!