Local businesses will soon start their holiday hiring and there are plenty of people looking for work. But where are the best places to look? And how can you make that position permanent?
Holiday hiring is expected to be the highest it's been in the last five years, with 36-percent of retailers, including Walmart, expected to hire more seasonal workers this year than last year.
That's great news for anyone looking for a job. It's the fourth quarter of the year and retailers are ready to hire. There are about 900,000 jobs that need to be filled in the coming weeks. And for some folks, those jobs can't come soon enough.
"Anything that's hiring," said Deboarh Wood. "Anything!"
Wood is skilled in several areas, but hasn't found anything in the way of steady employment yet.
"I'm currently working two part-time jobs, but they're real part time, so I'm looking for more hours," said Wood.
Even if it's part time, more than half of the temporary jobs this year are expected to offer full-time hours, something we haven't had the last few tough years.
"Anything in that field I'm ready to go for it," said Tomeshia Williams.
She is juggling raising her two kids and finishing her education.
"Say if I go to school 8 to 1:15, I have to get a job after that time," said Williams. "O I have to do night school."
The good news is employers are also hiring for more premium positions like managers, which could mean higher, premium pay as well.
"It could be customer service. It could be a call center," said Tiffany Hollis. "Right now, I'll take anything besides fast food."
In addition to the holiday retail jobs, Hiregy Tampa, a local staffing agency, reports there's a huge demand for workers in three fields: health care, accounting and call centers.
So if you have a pleasant speaking voice, can manage people well over the phone and handle detail-oriented tasks, or have skills in tax accounting, there are lots of hot jobs open right now.
Toys R Us was one of the first retailers to announce its holiday plans. It's adding some 45,000 workers nationwide, with plans to keep some of those workers on after the holidays are over.
Toys R Us kept about 15 percent of its holiday workforce after the season ended last year. And if you want to keep your job after the holiday is over, experts say be prompt and work hard to impress. Until then, though, Wood said you have to keep the faith something good will open-up.
"You've got to keep trying and you've got to keep praying," she said.
Big box stores like Walmart, Best Buy, Target and more, will start adding thousands of seasonal workers the last week of October.
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