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5 Steps to Take to Get a Good Seasonal Job this Winter
(November 18, 2010) - How to Separate Yourself from Everyone Else Looking for Work
This year more businesses, especially retailers, are hiring for the holiday season. But with the large number of unemployed workers, more people are looking for those jobs than ever before.
Job Corps, a government-sponsored vocational training program, says that seasonal work is not only a great way to earn extra cash, but can also help workers get their foot in the door. "Many companies are hiring part-time workers this time of year to cover the influx over the holidays," says Job Corps Project Director, Andre King. "But we teach our students that it can also be an opportunity to make a lasting impression for further employment not to mention invaluable experience."
Here are some things you can do to put yourself ahead of the pack:
2.) Don't wait until it's too late!: It's true the turkeys haven't yet hit the tables, but the holiday season is basically here. Start searching right away because if you wait until after Thanksgiving, many spots will be filled.
3.) Think outside the box: Don't just rely on ads to find work. Ask friends and family members for ideas, information or the right people to talk to about holiday jobs. Never underestimate the power of networking!
4.) Be prepared: If you do land an interview or go to fill out an application on site, always have the proper information on hand. Save yourself and the potential employer any hassle by having the necessary information about your last few employers and a list of references.
5.) Put your all into it: Don't treat this like a short term opportunity. Many seasonal short term jobs turn into long term ones, if a worker proves his or her importance within the business.
About Job Corps
Job Corps is primarily a vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that assists young people in obtaining a viable vocation and earning a high school diploma or GED. The program gives eligible youth ages 16 to 24 the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and life. Employers who hire Job Corps graduates not only get fully trained employees, but tax credits from the federal government. Job Corps has Midwest offices located in Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri, offering more than 100 trades. For more information on the program log onto https://www.jobcorps.gov.
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