Every year, it seems as though the winter holiday shopping season begins earlier and earlier. Before the last Halloween-themed candy bag has been removed from the shelves, stores have already started decking their walls with holiday décor.
Then there are those stores that prefer to wait until after Thanksgiving before celebrating the next round of holidays.
Yet, if you're in the market for a seasonal job this winter, it's not too early to begin your search. And to help in your quest, we've compiled some top tips for pursuing the perfect holiday position.
Find a job that fits your needs.
When searching for a holiday position, think about what you're looking for in an ideal job. Are flexible hours important? How much does the company culture matter? Do you want to work somewhere known for its great benefits? Is location a major factor?
If finding a job near your home tops your wish list, make sure to check out the free Jobs by CareerBuilder app, which recently rolled out the addition of filters to make your mobile job search more precise. This includes a distance filter, which allows you to search within five miles of a desired zip code.
Find a job with staying power.
While not always the case, many job seekers are hoping that their holiday gig eventually turns into a full-time career. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, there are good odds of that happening: 57 percent of employers predict they'll transition some seasonal staff into full-time, permanent roles.
If that's your goal, don't be afraid to ask the hiring manager if the position could turn permanent, and make it clear that you're interested. If hired, prove that you're worth the long-term investment by going above and beyond your job description and being a trusted, go-to resource for your boss.
Find a company that plays to your strengths.
While retail reigns during the holiday season, don't worry if retail sales isn't your strong suit. CareerBuilder's survey found that companies across industries are hiring for a variety of areas, including customer service, clerical support, inventory management, hosting and shipping/delivery.
No matter what kind of job you're seeking, below are nine diverse companies that are currently hiring for a range of seasonal roles:
Sample job titles: Client success specialist, sales development representative, QA analyst, developer
Locations: New York; Orange County, Calif.; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Landsdale, Penn.
2. ICW Group
Sample job titles: Claims examiner, business development underwriter, underwriting tech, premium auditor, risk management consultant, IT
Locations: San Diego, Sacramento, Pleasanton and Woodland Hills, Calif.; Lake Mary, Fla; Wayne, Pa.
3. Inktel Contact Center Solutions
Industry: Outsourcing, telecommunications, customer service, hospitality
Sample job titles: Customer service representative, supervisor, junior developer, senior developer, junior network engineer, senior network engineer, IT desktop support specialist, desktop support analyst, client relationship specialist, account executive, client executive, court reporter
Locations: Miami, Miami Lakes, Doral, Miramar, Tamarac and Orlando, Fla.
4. Jason's Deli
Industry: Restaurant/food service
Sample job titles: Delivery driver; kitchen team member; customer service team members including cashier/order taker, cook/baker, prep, dishwasher/utility, and production line associate
Locations: Chicago; Brookfield, Wis.; Houston; Savannah and Atlanta, Ga.; Charlottesville, Va.; Birmingham, Ala.
5. LTD Commodities
Sample job titles: Customer service, warehouse, call center
Locations: Bannockburn and Aurora, Ill.
6. Lou Malnati's
Industry: Restaurant/food service
Sample job titles: Area manager, restaurant manager, server, cashier, kitchen worker, delivery driver, host/hostess
Locations: Chicago, Northbrook, Oak Park, Lincolnwood, Bloomingdale, Bolingbrook, Buffalo Grove, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elk Grove, Evanston, Skokie, Geneva and Grayslake, Ill.
7. Paper Source
Sample job titles: Part-time customer service associate
8. Shoe Show
Sample job titles: Retail manager, retail sales associate, keyholder, store manager
9. Spencer Gifts
Sample job titles: Sales associate, store manager, assistant store manager