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Survey: Seasonal employment great way to find full-time work

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A recent survey conducted by CareerBuilder.com shows that one of the best ways to snag a full-time job right now is to start as a seasonal employee.

According to the survey, roughly 30% of retailers are planning to hire seasonal employees.

The employment rate in East Texas still hovers near 8%, and although seasonal hiring should be about the same as it was last year, some experts are saying they're optimistic about the year to come.

"We are actually seeing -- not quite a rush, but definitely a continuation of companies feeling confident enough to hire, even in positions where they're creating a new job," says Megan Adcock of Snelling Staffing Services in Tyler.

The National Retail Federation says retailers nationwide are planning to add between 480,000 and 500,000 seasonal jobs this year. That's right on par from last year, and considerably better than seasonal hiring during 2008 and 2009.

"Companies are doing well enough that, going forward, it's probably going to improve," Adcock says. "It's interesting seeing the strong Black Friday sales. To me that says, yes, let's go ahead and invest over the next couple of months because 2012 should hopefully be a better outlook than what we've seen over the last couple of years."

The survey also shows that more than 50% of employers who are hiring seasonal help are planning to pay their employees more than $10 an hour, and nearly 15% are planning to pay more than $16 an hour, an increase from last year.

And according to CareerBuilder, 30% of employers hiring seasonal help plan to transition some of those employees into full-time, permanent staff. Adcock says one of the best ways to get that job is to treat your seasonal work like it's a full-time job.

"You are well prepared when you get there. You are on time. You have dressed appropriately.You're asking questions. You're taking notes if you're learning something new," she says.

Even though seasonal hiring typically slows down in January, experts say that shouldn't stop you from looking for that job now.

"People who are looking at a job, they don't need to wait for the spring to start looking. They need to start looking now and get their name in the pot," says Wendell Holcome, Director of Workforce Development Programs for the East Texas Council of Governments.

"There's always going to be some turnover, people who drop the ball for one reason or another. So go in person," Adcock advises.

CareerBuilder asked hiring managers what they were looking for when they make long-term hires. They said the most important things are providing excellent customer service by offering to help someone before being asked. Also, let them know right away that you're looking for permanent work. You should also proactively ask for more projects and present your own ideas for how to do something better or try something new.

For help finding non-retail positions in Texas, the East Texas Council of Governments recommends using the website www.workintexas.com.

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