13 On Your Side: Seasonal hiring
Tis the season for shopping and hiring. If you're one of the thousands of Mainers unemployed and looking for work, some news to bring a little cheer. Across the country, 700,000 seasonal jobs are being added to the economy.
News 13's Jon Chrisos is On Your Side with some tips for getting hired.
At the Maine Mall, there are signs of the season everywhere you look. Shoppers, Santa, and kids telling the big guy what's on their lists this year.
If a new job is on *your* list, your Christmas wish could come true. Among the shoppers, shopping bags and strollers - signs in several storefronts of hiring. Macy's plans to hire 80,000 workers at its stores across the country, 2.5% more than last year. We checked today and more than 4,000 are still posted.
GAP says it still has more than 7,000 openings. If you're looking to get on the employment train, now's the time to get on board.
Paula Fleming with the Better Business Bureau also reminds us of the importance of first impressions and she says be flexible with your availability to increase your chances.
And if you're hoping to turn your seasonal job into a permanent one, a new career builder survey found more than a third of employers plan to keep some of their seasonal staff after the holidays. The survey also found more than 60% of employers will pay 10 dollars or more an hour.. That's also up from last year.
Forbes says these jobs are a great way to get a foot in the door, so have a good attitude, be on time, and show lots of enthusiasm.
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