Landing the Holiday Job

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Many business owners say they are still looking to hire their regular holiday staff. But to land the job, employment officials say it is important to take the interview seriously to make your resume rise to the top.

It's no secret why many people are looking for holiday work.

"For the extra money really," says Kathy Blakeman. She was recently hired to help out with the holiday rush at JC Penny. Holiday help is generally wanted at retail store and officials say employers are looking for more than a resume.

"You want to be sure that you are especially friendly and courteous, and your employer is going to be interested in customer service," says Jeff Whitehead, executive director of The Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program.

Whitehead says applicants should be prepared and show the employer they are serious about the job. "That you are interested in bettering yourself, serving his customers and also doing the very best job for him or her."

And though holiday jobs may be temporary, he says you never know who will help you land your next job down the road.

"You never get a second chance to get a first impression, so you want to smile, hold your head up, look people in the eye," says Whitehead.

For Blakeman, she hopes the temporary job turns into something long term. "It's worked out real well. and i hope it does become permanent. i'm keeping my fingers crossed!"

Some local store managers say they are still looking to hire more holiday help.

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