Time Running Out For Seasonal Employment

'Tis the season for giving, but for some East Texans the spirit of giving can be dampened without a little extra holiday green in the pocketbook. So many seek a seasonal job, but the "now hiring" signs will soon come down.
Stephen Lynch, Director of the East Texas Workforce, said most companies hire seasonal help at the end of October and early November.
The jobs are typically in retail but Workforce officials said there are jobs available in transportation, warehousing and trade, companies all seeking to ease the holiday rush.
"It's just demand," said Lynch, "the demand of the stores with extended hours, the hustle and bustle of the holidays, promoting their products. It is a seasonal event that will last probably during the first couple of weeks during February."
In 2003, over 100,000 jobs were gained in the state of Texas from August through December. In many cases those jobs turn in to permanent employment.
"Take that seasonal job now while the hiring cycle is low," said Lynch. "It will normally pick up the middle of January or February."
So if you are looking for work, where do you go?
"Those interested in seasonal jobs need to apply directly at the stores. They can come to the Workforce Center and we have some of the sites that they can apply here."
The East Texas Workforce will be holding a job fair for part-time as well as full-time work. If you are interested, stop by the East Texas Workforce center, Wednesday, November 10 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
It's located at 4100 Troup Highway in Tyler. You can contact them at: (903) 561-8131.
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Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com