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Tips on how to land a seasonal job

Posted at 10:33 AM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 12:33:35-05

Whether you're a student or retired, a seasonal job is a great way to earn some extra cash during the holidays, and if you play your cards right, you could get hired on full time.

So who's hiring for the season? We went to the experts at Royal Personnel Services in Scottsdale, where president and owner Paul Labie and his staff have been connecting job seekers with employers for nearly 25 years.

"Retail is always big during the holiday season. Then of course you have your giants. You have your UPS, you have your Fed-Ex, you have your Amazons of the world that are going to hire seasonal employees, as well," Labie said.

But if you don't want to work for one the big boys, Labie says there are still plenty of opportunities at specialty stores and mom-and-pop shops around town. So many in fact, they can't fill them all.

"We literally have openings we can't give away at this time," he said. "There's more job opportunities available than active people searching for employment."

And while it's always a good idea to have an updated resume handy, Labie says a lot of seasonal positions are walk-on jobs, with no resume required.

But you do have to be pro-active, he said, and a staffing firm can place you right away.

"If everything works out well, nine times out of ten, we can have someone start as soon as the next day," Labie said.

If you're looking for something more long term, you're already in good position, as many companies will hire seasonal workers to full-time positions once the season ends. So what should you do to stand out? Well it may sound basic, but for employers, it's a huge deal... Just show up for work!

"Even thought it's a temporary, holiday, seasonal employment opportunity, those companies are relying on people to be there day in and day out and work their shift," Labie said. "So I would have to say out of everything, the biggest factor is attendance."

He says it's also a good idea to show up on time, with a good attitude, and treat customers with respect.

As for pay, Labie says Royal Personnel has positions to fill right now, starting at $14 and hour and up.

You can find more information on who's hiring here.