According to Career Builder, 33% of seasonal staff employers are still hiring and 11% may continue to recruit into December. That means, you still have time to get your application in.
But if you’re looking for a seasonal position, keep in mind that there is lots of competition out there. And it’s not just college students who are looking at retail.
You need to make sure your application and interview stands out. Here are a few tips to help you out.
-Apply Now- Most retailers only accept applications online now. Don’t waste your time stopping in the store. Also, make sure you finish your application completely and respond to every question.
-Follow Up- Don’t hesitate to call and speak with a manager once you submit your application. It’ll show them you’re seriously committed to the position, and you really want the job (not just the discount). When they’re flipping through the applications they’ve received, your name will stand out. You can also find out how long it will take them to get back to you.
-Show Enthusiasm- Holiday’s are a time of high stress and lots of chaos. Retailers are looking for cheerful employers who will be able to handle customer complaints and concerns with a smile.
-Be confident – With long lines and endless restocking and replenishment in sight, employers don’t want to hire someone who won’t be able to handle simple situations. If someone asks how they look or what will match ‘this top’ you need to come up with an answer. It doesn’t matter if your right or wrong, as long as the costumer believes you believe you’re opinion, they’ll be happy.
-Show Loyalty- Dress well for your interview, but do your best not to wear a competitors clothing. If you don’t own anything from the store you’re applying for, than focus on dressing professionally.
-Show Interest in the Position- Even if the primary reason you want to get hired is the employee discount do not let your interviewer know this. In fact, I recommend that you don’t even ask about the discount in the interview. Google it instead. The answer’s almost always online.
-Be Knowledge- You are going to be asked what the brand makes you think of in the interview. Be prepared. Think of your reply with care; describe the person you see shopping in the store and show how you can relate to them. (Personally I love to reference my sisters/brothers).
-Be Available- If you really want the job, your availability may be the key. Do your best to make yourself as available as possible. But, be prepared, you will be expected to work the hours you put down on your application.
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