There is a crazy buzz surrounding Black Friday this year. Stories about ridiculous price slashes have made the news since Halloween. Retailers are doing everything they can to increase revenue during the Thanksgiving weekend sales.
What does this mean for you? Besides getting awesome prices on products that you really don’t need, you can actually pick up a seasonal part time job to supplement your holiday shopping budget. Consider this dynamic. Many people who are currently unemployed are choosing not to risk their unemployment benefits to work for the holidays; thus, creating a considerable gap in the hiring pool for local retailers. Sam McManis, in Holiday Job Crunch /Desperate for Seasonal Help, Retailers Court Applicants with Promises of Higher Pay, Promotions, writes “With unemployment at a 30-year low and the economy booming, analysts say fewer people are looking for seasonal work to earn extra money.”
In Broward County, several retailers are struggling to meet the seasonal employment quota because people simply are not applying. Some of the larger retailers looking for seasonal help include Macy’s, Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond . Smaller retailers in the malls are also seeking seasonal employees. Some are relying on “word of mouth” recruiting while others are contacting local colleges and universities. Some retailers have even subcontracted the seasonal hiring tasks to local staffing agencies such as CareerXChange* and Work Force One^. Some retailers, like Saks 5th Off~, have special hiring just for Black Friday with the employee discount benefit for the entire weekend of shopping.
If you decide to take advantage of the seasonal hiring, you have a few options.
1. Work anywhere for the extra money
2. Work for a retailer that you frequent for double benefit; extra money and employee discount
3. Work only black Friday and enjoy a limited use of employee discount
An additional benefit of working through the holidays is that these seasonal opportunities can even lead to full time positions or permanent On-Call status with employee discount. This holiday season, give yourself the gift of earning a little extra spending cash and possibly an employee discount for something special for yourself!
*CareerXChange (954) 437-0070 is recruiting 120 people for 9 South Florida locations.
^Work Force One, South Office in Hollywood, is hiring 100+ stock clerks for Black Friday.
~Saks 5th Off, in Sawgrass Mills Mall, is hiring 70+ sales associates for the holidays