It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Holiday Hiring in the Retail Industry


Leading recruitment software provider, iCIMS, released survey data on seasonal hiring trends for 2016

MATAWAN, N.J. [October 28, 2016] – As pressure builds for retail companies to ready their stores and inventory to produce positive Q4 sales, consumers who seek employment opportunities for some extra cash this holiday season will find retailers are looking to fill more temporary positions than in 2015.

A recent survey report, 6 Tips to Score a Part-Time Job in Retail During the Holidays, released by iCIMS, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based talent acquisition solutions, reveals that many retail employers will be paying their temporary employees an average of $13.37 an hour. Twenty percent will be paying $15 an hour or more – much higher than the average minimum wage in the U.S. – making these temporary positions more attractive.

The report offers key tips to help job seekers score a part-time retail position during the holidays, including:

-      Know when to apply: Employers fill 51 percent of their temporary holiday positions in October, followed by 35 percent in November. But, it’s never too late to find a job, as approximately 15 percent of these hires either quit or are fired before the end of the holiday season.

-      Brush up on interview skills: Nearly 90 percent of hiring managers said they can usually tell if they want to hire a temporary seasonal employee within one minute of starting the interview. Job seekers must make a good impression fast.

-      Dress the part: It is clear that brand evangelism plays a role in the hiring process, as 78 percent of hiring managers agreed that they would be more likely to hire someone if they wore or brought one of their company’s products during the interview.

The report also provides insight on the top technologies on retail hiring managers’ wish list to streamline their holiday hiring process. Mobile job applications and a mobile app for hiring managers to view pending tasks remotely were cited as some of the top tools that hiring managers think will be the most effective to help hire temporary employees, along with an online interview scheduling system that syncs with email and calendar applications. Hiring managers also expressed interest in recruitment marketing software to send automated emails and social media posts, and video interviewing and video cover letter software to make holiday hires more quickly and effectively. Among hiring managers who currently use an applicant tracking system (ATS), 100 percent agreed that their company needs to do more to integrate mobile recruiting technology into its current ATS.

“With 48 percent of retailers planning to hire more seasonal workers, employers should not only rely on hiring software and recruitment marketing technologies, but offer unique perks to attract and retain talented temporary workers,” said Susan Vitale, chief marketing officer at iCIMS. “We wanted to provide employers with the tools and tips they need to make hiring decisions for the holidays, as retail and online sales are expected to be higher than last year’s sales.”

Job seekers looking to get hired this holiday season can view the full report here, and employers looking to enhance their holiday hiring process can reference these tips.

About iCIMS

iCIMS is the leading cloud platform for recruiting. iCIMS enables companies to manage and scale their recruiting programs through an award-winning end-to-end talent acquisition platform and an ecosystem of nearly 300 integrated partners. Established in 2000, iCIMS supports more than 4,000 customers, including nearly 20% of Fortune 100 companies, hiring 4 million people each year. For more information, visit