CHICAGO,IL- November 7, 2013 - Job hunters are in luck during this year’s holidayseason-- retailers and package delivery services are expected to increase the number of temporary and seasonal workers theyhire. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers tips on how to find a worthwhileseasonal job.
“Seasonaljob positions are great if you are looking for a temporary way to make someextra cash during the holidays,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO ofBetter Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Since there area high number of applicants for these jobs, it is best to have a plan for yourjob search.”
The BBB offers the following tips for jobhunters:
· Start your job search today. The key to landinga seasonal job is to start searching early. Now is the time for job hunters todetermine which job suits them best, identify companies they’d like to work forand then begin submitting applications and resumes.
· Research companiesprior to submitting applications. Always check out the company’s BBB BusinessReview for free at www.bbb.orgto see if the company has received a good rating from the BBB and a record oftaking care of consumers and employees.
· Be careful withcredit card or checking account information. Never give these account numbers toan individual or business that promises employment. Legitimate employers nevercharge fees to prospective employees.
· Work where you shop. Try to identify seasonalemployment with businesses you actually shop at or frequent. You will alreadybe familiar with the company and its products and discounts available foremployees may mean significant savings when shopping for holiday gifts.
· Put your best foot forward. Even if you arejust picking up an application at stores in the mall, dress your best and beprepared for an interview. This includes being familiar with the company’sbrand and its products, as well as reviewing the store’s website. Retail jobhunters in particular need to focus on impressing potential employers withtheir customer service skills—which is a must when dealing with stressed-outshoppers, long check-out lines and day-after-Christmas returns.
· Be flexible. Full-timeemployees usually have first dibs on the preferred hours and shifts. As aseasonal employee, expect to work long, sometimes inconvenient hours that mayinclude Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. If this is a second job in addition to yourday job, be upfront and clear with your new employer about your availability.
Formore tips you can trust, visit www.bbb.org
As a private, non-profit organization, the purpose of the BetterBusiness Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolvebuyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration.BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices and charitableorganizations. BBBs develop and issue reviews on businesses and nonprofitorganizations and encourage people to check out a company or charity beforemaking a purchase or donation.