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Monday, September 24, 2012
Fall is here and soon will come the shopping season with retailers ramping up their hiring for the holidays.
For holiday season job hunters, there’s no better time to think about turning a seasonal hire into a permanent gig.
Job Front heard encouraging news last week from one Bay Area employment expert that showed month-over-month retail hiring increasing by double digits nationwide in August.
“We’ve seen holiday hiring trend in the right direction,” on consumer confidence and a slowly improving economy, Gautam Godhwani, co-founder and chief executive officer of Sunnyvale online jobs site SimplyHired.com, said last week.
This week, Godhwani offers a few suggestions on how seasonal hires can position themselves to stay on at the job once the season ends.
• Act the part: “Seasonal jobs can often turn into permanent, full-time positions,” Godhwani said. “Many employers keep their eyes out for top performers during seasonal periods, so be sure to act the part.”
• Be enthusiastic: “Always perform at the highest level possible, show enthusiasm for the job and the company, and get to know other employees,” he said.
• State your goal: “Most importantly, express your desire for a full-time position early on so employers can consider you a candidate from the start.”
Sanjay Sathe, chief executive officer of San Jose outplacement firm RiseSmart, said showing employers commitment and ability can go a long way toward turning a temporary position into long-term success.
“It’s how you present yourself on a daily basis,” Sathe said. “A key point is that everybody’s watching you. It’s critically important to present yourself well.”
Sathe said knowing a business’s mission and goals is vitally important.
“It’s critically important that you understand the business and understand the company’s mission and values. This is what people are looking for. It’s important to go the extra mile,” Sathe said.
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