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Tips on landing a seasonal job

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- With the holidays fast approaching many people are looking for seasonal jobs to make extra money.  Several stores in the Tri-Cities are adding on extra help including Toys-R-Us, Wal-Mart, Target.Norma Miller with the Better Business Bureau says there are several tips to remember:

Start the job search earlier rather than later.
The key to landing a seasonal job is to start searching early. Retail, shipping, restaurants and catering companies are common sources of seasonal employment and now is the time for job hunters to determine which job suits them best, identify companies they'd like to work for and then begin submitting applications and resumes.

Work where you shop.
Try to identify seasonal employment with businesses you actually shop at or frequent. You will already be familiar with the company and its products and, secondly, discounts available for employees mean significant savings when shopping for Christmas gifts. Discounts can range from 20-40 percent for seasonal employees.

Put your best foot forward.
Even if you are just picking up an application at stores in the mall, dress your best and be prepared for an interview. This includes being familiar with the company's brand and its products. Retail job hunters in particular need to focus on impressing potential employers with their customer service skills-which is a must when dealing with stressed-out shoppers, long check-out lines and day-after-Christmas returns.

Be flexible.
Full-time employees usually have first dibs on the preferred hours and shifts, so, as a seasonal employee, expect to work long, sometimes inconvenient hours including working on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. If this is a second job in addition to your day job, be up front and clear with your new employer about your available hours.

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