Seasonal job-seekers need to be prepared well before Thanksgiving

Those contemplating seeking seasonal employment, in the retail sector or elsewhere, would do well to polish up their resumes and interviewing skills now, and go to where the jobs are ready to work, according to providers of resume services.

Recently, the folks at ResumeDoctor.com, a provider of free resume reviews for job seekers, interviewed hiring managers in retail and hospitality industries regarding strategies for securing seasonal employment.

Based on the results, leaders at ResumeDoctor.com compiled a list of job tips for seasonal employment:

  • Have your resume ready.

A resume is the key to communicating skills to a potential employer. Whether seeking a job as an accountant or retail clerk, a resume is a must-have.

Don’t expect to get far without one. Tailor each resume to the specific demands of each position to which one applies.

Showcase any relevant similarities between prior experiences and the job opening;

  • Know where the jobs are.

Identify companies in the area that traditionally see a spike in business during the holiday season, including retail stores, shipping companies, hotels and resorts, restaurants, conference centers that host holiday parties, manufacturing companies, those offering gourmet foods and specialty products, and distribution centers for manufacturing companies;

  • Start early. Do not wait until “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving, as this is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and managers will not have time to talk.

Members of an effective staff must be trained and in place long before the holiday rush.

Begin searches several weeks before things get busy;

  • Consider staffing agencies.

Those at temporary staffing agencies earn their livelihood from the seasonal employment needs of area businesses. Leverage this expertise by letting them place you where your skills are needed the most;

  • Prepare for your Interview.

First impressions matter as much as the resume. When an interview is secured, demonstrate professional attitude and enthusiasm for the job. At a minimum, show up in business causal attire, and be prepared to be flexible with shifts and work assignments;

  • Consider the fringe benefits.

Added benefits, such as product discounts can more than compensate for even a lower-paying seasonal job. The right opportunity could dramatically lower holiday shopping bills. In addition, seasonal help can often turn into fulltime, permanent employment.

The leaders at ResumeDoctor.com provide resumeconsulting services and free resume review for job seekers.

They also publish specialized employment job-market expertise and research at www.ResumeDoctor.com.

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