How to Find a Holiday Job: The Internet Is Your Friend

Sheri Reed

shopping mall christmasBlack Friday is just around the corner, so now is the time that retailers are hiring for seasonal holiday jobs. In fact, some project that retailers will hire between 500,000 and 600,000 workers for the holidays. Sounds pretty good in this ailing economy, huh?

So how are you going to get in on this sweet job action? Look no further than the Internet, my job-seeking friends.

Whether you're looking for a front-staff retail position, a gift-wrapping job, or a hot spot on the eggnog-latte-maker line, it's time to get out those resumes. After all, this job could mean holiday spending money, great discounts over the holidays from your favorite stores, or even more critically, the cash your family really needs in these tough times.

But how do you find out who's hiring? Well, once again, the almighty Internet delivers!

Job Search via Retailer Websites

Most companies have a "Join Our Team," "Careers," or similar link at the bottom of their website that allows you to find out about jobs and even apply right then and there. Check out the websites of the retailers you want to work for and get those applications in.

Help Wanted via Twitter and Facebook

Urban Outfitters recently tweeted about a job fair going on at all its locations, and Ulta Beauty posted a tweet encouraging followers to apply for jobs. If you're interested in working for a specific retailer this holiday season, follow them on Twitter and fan them on Facebook. You might get some insider information before anyone else.

Help Wanted Ads via Email

Several retailers have added help wanted ads into their email newsletters, including Pottery Barn, Express, and Crazy 8. If you're interested in a particular retailer, it might help to sign up for their emails to get notifications about hiring.

Some Seasonal Retailers to Check

Via ABC News, here are a few retailers who have announced they are hiring big this holiday season.

  • JCPenney to add 30,000 jobs
  • Macy's to add 65,000 jobs
  • Toys R Us to add 45,000 positions
  • Walmart will be adding several seasonal jobs
  • UPS to hire 50,000 people, mostly drivers and package handlers

When all else fails, head into the store in person and ask for an application. Be prepared though. Always bring your resume, dress professionally, and ask to speak to a manager. You might get an interview or a position on the spot!

And remember, while the Internet's a great place to find out who is hiring and even to apply, many stores are still old school when it comes to picking the perfect candidate. If you're really interested in a position, follow up on your application by heading into the store in person. Ask to chat with the manager and show them face to face how awesome you are!

Quick tip: When I was applying for retail positions, I used to drink a double espresso before heading out. That gave me a little pep in my step, so I could deliver the energetic personality most retailers want this time of year.

Are you in the market for a seasonal job? Where will you apply?


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