Professionals seek seasonal jobs

    Out-of-work professionals are hitting stores hard this holiday season to shop for a job.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Out-of-work professionals are hitting stores hard this holiday season to shop for a job.
     
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    Associated Press reports that competition for temporary jobs in retail stores has more than tripled since the beginning of the recession; now there are an average of six people applying for a given seasonal position. That’s up from December 2007’s rate of 1.7 people vying for a holiday job.

     

     
    Neither groups numbers are helped by the fact that many stores have already had to make cut backs in this in this rough economy. While students are typically the main ones seeking a little extra cash during the holiday season, experienced workers are just looking for a reprieve from joblessness.
     
    "You’ll find Wall Street stock brokers and small business owners trying to find temporary retail jobs during the holidays," said Ellen Davis, vice president of the National Retail Federation, told the AP. "Not only are there fewer positions, but more people are applying,"
    This has been a boon for employers who can now be a little more selective in their seasonal staffing. Toys R Us Vice President of Human Resources explains that this allows stores to hire “higher-caliber” clerks.
     
    "What’s great with the higher-caliber team members is there is much, much better service in the store," he adds.
     
    The government estimates that stores only pay their temporary workers an hourly rate of $13 on average. Although that’s much better than nothing, it’s only a temporary solution as a majority of the jobs only last a few days beyond New Year’s.

     

     

    – Sonya Eskridge

     

     

     

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