With holiday shopping demands growing and the unemployment rate still a low 4.9%, many companies are scrambling to fill thousands, or tens of thousands, of seasonal job openings. Last week we announced some of the companies in the United States with the highest volume holiday hiring numbers for seasonal jobs. These companies include Target, who is hiring over 70,000 seasonal employees, UPS, who is looking to fill about 95,000 seasonal jobs, and Macy’s who is hiring for about 85,000 seasonal jobs this holiday season, to name a few. FedEx also announced this past week they plan to hire about 50,000 employees this year, which is very close to the amount of seasonal employees they hired last year. This is to be expected, with the popularity of online shopping growing like wildfire, and the demand for warehouse and transportation jobs increasing at a faster rate than any other category of jobs.
If you are one of these companies under pressure to fill such high numbers of seasonal job openings, it is likely you can use all the help you can get. Or maybe you haven’t given much thought yet to seasonal employees you may need to hire in the coming months, to offset factors such as other employees going on vacation or visiting home or higher sales as a result of holiday shopping. Many retail companies and other consumer businesses also tend to have longer hours during the holidays, which create more seasonal job openings. In fact, research from employment firm OfficeTeam confirms that approximately 26% of human resources managers they spoke to confirmed that their companies increase hiring in the fourth quarter of the year.
Find Job Seekers to Fill Your Seasonal Job Openings
There is no need to turn down more business and sales around the holidays because you were short-staffed. There is also no need to exhaust and over stress your existing employees to meet holiday demands. There are still plenty of job seekers out there that are looking for seasonal employment opportunities; either because they are unemployed, need side income or want to increase their skillset, among other reasons. It is only a matter of putting forth the right efforts to find the job seekers eager to work for you. Posting your seasonal job openings with Jobdiagnosis and Employment Alert will give you the exposure you need, and will make your holiday hiring much easier. We have over 3 million visitors to our websites every month, and most of them are active job seekers.
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Jobdiagnosis.com is an online job search engine that produces millions of job search results. A large portion of employment opportunities hosted on the website are customer service jobs and food service jobs. The online job board also holds a wealth of information on job search topics such as interviewing, resume tips, and how to find the right job. Jobdiagnosis.com is an excellent resource for staying up to date on the latest opportunities available to job seekers.
Tips for Attracting Job Seekers to Your Seasonal Employment Opportunities
Hiring for seasonal jobs is common across many industries, including food service, retail, finance, and government. Job seekers looking for entry-level jobs have a variety of seasonal employment opportunities to choose from, including customer service, administrative, warehouse, transportation and entertainment. To draw more job seekers to your postings for seasonal employment opportunities, here are a few tips:
- Offer incentives such as better pay, employee benefits, and store discounts.
- Emphasize your ability to work with employees regarding schedule flexibility.
- Mention the skills that potential employees will gain if they are hired for the seasonal job.
- State how your seasonal employment opportunities can contribute to the potential employee’s future, either by helping them getting their foot in the door to your company, or at the very least allowing them to network and gain references to help in their future job search.
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Author: Jessica Cody
Jessica Cody, a native of Fairfield County, Connecticut, has a background in online marketing and public relations. Currently, she works at VHMNetwork LLC in the role of Marketing Analyst. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where she studied Journalism and Political Science. She is also an avid runner with a passion for the outdoors.