The holiday season is a busy one for enterprise contingent workforce management professionals. Delivery services, hospitality businesses and retailers are all looking to boost their workforce to meet spikes in consumer demand. This year should be a good one for seasonal workers, as experts are forecasting strong sales thanks to the economic recovery.
There's more good news for temporary workers, according to a recent article in The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. Employment analysts say that some seasonal jobs can turn into permanent positions, and one reason why is the huge growth in online ordering. Online retailers have longer, often continuous, operating hours, so there are plenty of jobs available. Amazon.com, for instance, is hiring 80,000 seasonal workers nationwide to cover its expected demand.
Companies began hiring for the holidays as early as October. Many of these employees could be at their temporary positions for up to three months — plenty of time for a business to decide whether they want to make a full-time offer. It's not just retail giants like Amazon who are ramping up their workforce this time of year. Retailers of all sizes are also expanding their online services to meet the Christmas rush.
If you are among the thousands of Americans looking for work this holiday season, time is of the essence. Experts recommend that you apply soon and be open-minded about the kind of position you take. When you do find a job, remember that good performance can lead to a long-term opportunity.