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Tis the season to be hired: Temporary workforce may lead to permanent jobs

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 24 2012 4:06 p.m. MDT

As the holidays are upon us, demand for employees goes up.

The Consumerist tells why FedEx is hiring: "Tis the season to sit at home and click, click, click buy and send presents to loved ones around the world. This year, FedEx is expecting even more shipping traffic than it did last year and as such is hiring 20,000 seasonal workers to help make things run smoothly."

The Chicago Tribune says FedEx holiday deliveries rose 10 percent last year and expects "a 13 percent increase in its holiday shipping volume, driven by e-commerce and last-minute orders, even as the economy recovers slowly."

That will be 280 million shipments between Thanksgiving and Christmas, The Chicago Tribune says.

Amazon, not to be outdone is also hiring.

Julianne Pepitone at CNNMoney says just how much more help.

"The online retailer is the latest to announce its seasonal hiring plan, and it's significant: 50,000 jobs in the United States. Amazon … currently employs 20,000 people at its 40 fulfillment centers across the country, where the seasonal employees will be placed. The company said it expects thousands of seasonal workers to stay at Amazon in full-time positions after the holidays are over."

Wendy Lee at KPCC, a Southern California radio station, talked about hiring by Macy's: "Macy's Inc. plans to hire 8,000 holiday workers for Macy's and Bloomingdale's in Southern California. It's part of a plan to hire 80,000 seasonal workers nationwide, an increase of about 3 percent from last year."

"Hiring additional associates for holidays ensures that our customers are well-served in this busy shopping period—both on the sales floor and behind the scenes," Macy's CEO, Terry Lundgren, told KPCC.

Kyle Arnold with Tulsa World says other retailers are also hiring: "Target Corp. says it is looking for 80,000 to 90,000 workers nationwide … (and) Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 50,000 seasonal employees. Retailers in all are expected to add 585,000 to 625,000 temporary employers, about the same as last year, according to projections from the National Retail Federation."

Tulsa World says other seasonal hiring is also taking place. Kennels need help to cover for more families on vacation.

"A lot of companies have some things they want to get done before the new year starts, and sometimes they need people for administrative tasks that don't require a lot of training," Carey Baker, president and CEO of staffing firm Part-Time Pros, told Tulsa World. "Sometimes it's shredding papers or updating a website, or maybe even working on a whole new project."

Heather R. Huhman at Business Insider says these part-time gigs can lead to something better: "There's also more good news for those who've been hired for part-time seasonal employment: several retailers are planning to hire a portion of their temporary workforce on as permanent employees after the holiday season. But you'll need a plan of attack if you're hoping to turn your holiday position into something more permanent."

Huhman's plan of attack is:

1. "Express your interest"

2. "Impress the right people"

Huhman says to "immediately identify the co-workers, managers, and other company employees on which you want to leave a positive lasting impression."

3. "Work like you've already been hired full-time"

"The productivity of many seasonal workers tends to fizzle out toward the end of their time with the company," Huhman says. "Stand out by remaining positive and optimistic about your future and leaving a lasting impression your managers."

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