6 Tips to Score a Part-time Job in Retail During the Holidays

6 Tips to Score a Part-time Job in Retail During the Holidays

Written By

iCIMS Staff


Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016


Holiday expenses can add up quickly and if you’re looking to make some extra cash to offset your gift shopping, a part-time seasonal job in retail might be the answer. Whether it’s helping customers find the perfect gift, creating beautiful display windows, or serving as a customer service representative, there will be plenty of opportunities in retail for you to choose from this year.

Retailers Forecast a Positive Holiday Season

As the holiday season draws near, many retail companies will be ramping up their hiring for the busiest season of the year. The National Retail Federation (NRF) expects retail sales in November and December (excluding autos, gas, and restaurants) to increase 3.6 percent from 2015 to $655.8 billion. Additionally, the reported retailers are expected to hire between 640,000 and 690,000 seasonal workers this holiday season.

This aligns with iCIMS’ findings from our survey of hiring managers in the retail industry, as almost half of employers say they will increase hiring – 48 percent of retail hiring managers plan to hire more seasonal workers this year than in 2015. How many more? Of those 48 percent of hiring managers who plan to hire more workers, on average they said they will be hiring 20 percent more temporary employees this holiday season compared to last year

Employers need the extra help to get through the holiday season from October through January: employers in the retail industry will be paying their temporary employees an average of $13.37 per hour and 20 percent will be paying $15.00 per hour or more.

Looking to make some extra cash? Here are six tips to land a temporary seasonal job this holiday season:

Know When to Apply

The majority of employers in the retail industry typically fill all of their open temporary positions for the holidays in October, with the remainder of positions being filled in November. Still, it’s never too late to find a job over the holidays: retail hiring managers experience significant turnover among temporary help – creating an opportunity for those job seekers who might have stopped looking after the traditional seasonal search period. On average, 15 percent of these temporary hires do not work through the end of the holidays. Of those who do not make it to the end, 52 percent were fired and 48 percent quit.

Ask About Incentives

Attracting applicants to seasonal jobs is an increasing concern for retailers given the improving economy and more shoppers spending. Here, we reveal the specific incentives retail hiring managers plan to offer this year to combat the problem and how you could benefit.

Brush Up On Your Interview Skills

When hiring managers are trying to make quick decisions to fill open roles for the busy holiday season, it’s important to make a great first impression. 86 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.

Dress the Part

Brand evangelism could play a role in seasonal hiring: 78 percent of hiring managers agreed that they would be more likely to hire a temporary seasonal worker if they wore or brought one of their company’s products during the interview. So, if you are applying for a role at a clothing store, wear something you like from the brand. If you can’t wear the product, be sure to talk about the ones you use.

Don’t Worry About Your Lack of Experience:

Nintey-one percent of hiring managers said they would be willing to hire a desirable candidate for a temporary seasonal position even if they did not have prior retail experience.

Maintain a Positive Attitude

While the holidays are a time to be with family and give back to your community, it can also mean long lines, angry customers, and stress. Maintaining a positive attitude during the holidays while working at retail is essential to making a good impression on your employer.