What tips do you have for finding seasonal work?
According to the Better Business Bureau of West Florida, which includes the Tampa Bay area, competition for seasonal work is expected to be tough. But several large companies are hiring and now is the time to look.
"Toys 'R' Us alone is hiring 45,000 holiday employees and other retail giants are hiring 20 or even 30 percent more seasonal staff than last year," the BBB says.
Here are suggestions by the BBB for seasonal job hunters:
• Start the job search earlier rather than later. The key to landing a seasonal job is to start searching early. Retail, shipping, restaurants and catering companies are common sources of seasonal employment and now is the time for job hunters to determine which job suits them best, identify companies they'd like to work for and then begin submitting applications and resumes.
• Work where you shop. Try to identify seasonal employment with businesses you actually shop at or frequent. You will already be familiar with the company and its products and, secondly, discounts available for employees mean significant savings when shopping for Christmas gifts. Discounts can range from 20 to 40 percent for seasonal employees.
• Be flexible. Full-time employees usually have first dibs on the preferred hours and shifts, so, as a seasonal employee, expect to work long, sometimes inconvenient hours including working on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. If this is a second job in addition to your day job, be upfront and clear with your new employer about your available hours.