Tis the Season: Holiday Job Development Strategies You Can Use Now

photo 18 close up ballThe holidays always bring different work flows for us, changing circumstances for employers and special challenges for clients. Throughout the holiday season, watch Higher’s blog for ideas and analysis you can use now to navigate the holiday season and get a jump on the new year.

Time is running out to help clients get retail customer service jobs.  Statistics show that many retail employers make as much as 40% of annual earnings during November and December.  Many seasonal jobs are likely already filled, but you might still find a few openings.  As the holiday season progresses, most employers do not make time to hire replacements for any seasonal washouts.  After the holidays, the most successful seasonal employees often transition into full time jobs.  That translates into fewer job opening and increased competition from internal hires until spring.

Special holiday events offer opportunities with a fast turnaround.  Convention centers, hotels and large restaurants may have additional seasonal openings for dishwashers and servers to support holiday parties and large New Years Eve events.  People book at the last minute, so employers can’t always anticipate their hiring needs until the last minute.  Be sure employers know how you can help them respond to last minute hiring needs.  Consider pre-identifying clients who might be qualified for those jobs so you can move quickly.

Hotel housekeepers need help to navigate reduced holiday work hours.  Business is not so good for hotel housekeeping.  The majority of holiday travelers prefer to say with family and friends rather than in a hotel.  This can mean very few work hours for clients who depend on that income.  Some hotels plan special projects or schedule deep cleaning to supplement work schedules.   Talk to your employer contacts to find out how it will look for them this year and plan accordingly.

Alert case managers and ask for their ideas and assistance.  Be sure clients understand how this will affect them and are thinking about strategies to accommodate temporary loss of income.  Consider developing a contact list of emergency rental assistance, food pantries or other holiday resources for families.  Provide it to employers.  They can make sure all of their refugee employees receive it.  They will likely see it as yet another valuable service you provide since they can share that information with all of their employees.

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