The job market is still in the toilet.
Many America’s still can’t find work and the threat of Obama’s Healthcare Reform kicks in on January 1 prompting many people that don’t already have healthcare coverage to buy some or suffer the penalties.
Gas prices keep going up and down like a kid’s seesaw on the playground, food prices are climbing while the packaging gets smaller, and people are just plain broke.
Although it’s the middle of September and the holidays don’t officially start for a few more months, employers are putting out the help wanted signs seeking to find qualified, hardworking people who want to earn a paycheck (even if it isn’t much to begin with).
If the money is about to run out or you just still can’t find work, it might be worth your while to apply and accept a temporary position until something permanent comes your way.
Temporary work, especially during the holiday season may sound like torcher, but it will get your foot in the door for the possibility that you may be offered to stay on full–time employment with benefits.
Here are the 9 ways to find a job this holiday season:
- Temporary Placement Agencies – Contact every temporary placement agency in your area and let them know that you’re available to start working immediately for any position that’s open.
- Careerbuilder & Monster – If you don’t already have an account with either job site, create a free account filling out as much information that you can provide and put “temporary” or “holiday work” in the search field to find what companies are hiring and jobs that are available.
- Social Media – Use your Twitter, LinkedIn or FaceBook account to search the site for local companies that are hiring. Be sure to ask your contacts on each site for any job referrals.
- Craigslist – Select the part–time jobs section for variety of available positions that need to be filled. Sometimes a part-time job can turn into full-time job for the right person.
- Post an Ad – Use Instagram, Pinterest, Craigslist, FaceBook, and any community bulletin boards such as on the ones in Starbucks and Panera and post an ad seeking work, your availability, and a way for someone to reach you.
- Visit the Shopping Mall’s Website – Scour the website for the job opportunities page and review which mall tenant’s are hiring and what positions. If the website doesn’t have that page or you can’t find it, just select which company you’d like to work for and visit their website to fill out an online application.
- Find a retailer and apply for a job – Make a list of the top 10 retailer’s you would like to work for such as Macy’s, Best Buy, Target, Walgreen’s, etc. and visit their website to fill out an online application.
- Drive around the neighborhood (or walk) – Pick a slow time of the day when traffic isn’t heavy in your neighborhood and look for companies that have a help wanted sign in their front window, and fill out an application.
- Ask everyone – Talk to your family, friends, neighbor’s, former co–workers, etc. and ask them if they know of any companies that are hiring for the holiday season. If they don’t know, ask them if they have anyone that you can be referred to such as an acquaintance or co–worker.