Customer Service – 23 percentAdministrative/Clerical support – 15 percentHospitality – 15 percent Shipping/Delivery – 14 percentAccounting/Finance – 9 percentInventory management – 8 percentTechnology – 8 percentSales (other than retail) – 7 percent
Companies are hiring more and paying moreMore than six-in-ten (62 percent) employers plan to pay holiday staff
$10 or more an hour in 2012, up from 53 percent last year. Twenty-two percent will pay
$16 or more, up from 14 percent last year.
Don't wait to get a seasonal gigWhile holiday jobs fill up quickly, 36 percent of employers who are hiring seasonal staff reported they hire the most in October. Plans to hire in November (30 percent) remains strong, while it tails off in December (11 percent).
More employers plan to turn a seasonal gig into a full-time, permanent position. Thirty-nine percent of employers who are hiring seasonal help plan to transition some employees into full-time, permanent staff, up from 30 percent in 2011. To stand out as a candidate for a long-term opportunity, hiring managers recommended the following:
- Provide above and beyond customer service. Offer help instead of waiting to be asked for it – 53 percent
- Proactively ask for more projects – 46 percent
- Let the employer know up front that you're interested in permanent employment – 46 percent
- Present ideas on how to do something better or try something new – 34 percent
- Ask thoughtful questions about the organization – 32 percent
What are the biggest turnoffs for employers when interviewing for seasonal jobs? A lack of flexibility or expressed interest top the list, according to employers surveyed.
- Someone who isn't enthusiastic – 55 percent
- Someone who is unwilling to work certain hours – 48 percent
- Someone who knows nothing about company/products – 31 percent
- Someone who is more interested in the discount than anything else – 21 percent
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive© on behalf of CareerBuilder among 2,494 U.S. hiring managers and human resource professionals and 3,976 U.S. workers (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) ages 18 and over
between August 13 and September 6, 2012
(percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With pure probability samples of 2,494 and 3,976, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/-1.96 and +/-1.55 percentage points, respectively. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.
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