Tips on Hiring Seasonal Staff

The leaves are changing colors. There are pumpkins by every door step, and fake spider-webbing blowing in the breeze. Halloween is in less than a week, which means the Thanksgiving and Christmas countdown kicks off soon.


Have you hired your seasonal staff yet? The VP of retail operations at the National Retail Federation recommends starting the hiring process in September. Don’t panic. Take a deep breath. It will all be ok if you haven’t. Here are some quick tips on how to find your much needed holiday staff in a hurry.


Ask Current and Former Part-time Employees


Actually, you may not have to look very far. The best place to start your holiday staff search is with current and former part-time employees. They already have a working knowledge of your business, and they may want to pick up more hours and make some extra money this season. Depending on your business, you can ask employees for recommendations among their friends and family. Someone’s cousin may have been laid off or need some extra Christmas present money.


Contact Local Schools and Universities


When hiring seasonal staff, consider advertising at a local school or university. Teachers are a great resource. They work with people on a daily basis and are no strangers to stress, attitudes, and frustrations. They learn quickly, are off during the holidays, and could probably use some extra money. Depending on the nature of your business, local university students who live nearby or stick around for the holidays could be another great resource to tap into.


Register with Temp-Staffing Agencies


You could also contact temp-staffing agencies like or, which specialize in hourly, part-time, or student hires. But contact them as soon as possible, since they will be inundated with seasonal requests. Then there’s always websites like Craig’s List and job search sites like Indeed or Monster on which you can advertise part-time jobs. But don’t delay. Hiring and training competent and friendly seasonal staff takes time, and the holidays will be here and gone before you know it.




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