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Happy Holidays For Part-Time Job Searchers

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Experts are predicting a happy holiday season for those looking for a part-time job this winter.

According to a new survey from Snagajob, hourly hiring managers are expecting a steady increase in holiday, seasonal hires this year compared with the last three seasons.

Among managers responsible for hiring year-end, seasonal workers, 51 percent said they will do so this year — up 8 percentage points since 2008.

Overall, each manager, on average, expects to hire about four seasonal workers, a 5 percent increase over last year and a 32 percent improvement from a low in 2009.

While experts expect this holiday season to be stronger than the last three years , holiday hiring is still predicted to fall short of where it was before the economy plunged, according to Snagajob.

"We’re definitely seeing incremental improvements in the holiday, seasonal job market, even if we haven’t yet returned to pre-recessionary levels," Shawn Boyer, CEO of Snagajob, said in a statement. "What’s encouraging is that we have the same percentage of hourly hiring managers expecting to make seasonal hires as before the recession, and we are trending toward hiring the same number of workers as 2007 levels, about three-quarters of the way there."

The survey also found that hiring managers appear to be more positive this year when it comes to the general outlook for their business, with 25 percent believing that sales in the fourth quarter of this year will increase from last year.  Just 18 percent were planning for a decrease in sales.

According to Snagajob, seasonal job hunters will want to begin their search for employment sooner rather than later. Among those hiring this year , 18 percent started in August or earlier, while 27 percent started this month and 33 percent will begin in October. Additionally, hiring managers said previous seasonal hires will have the first crack at a job, with 53 percent of their work force expected to be returning employees.

Beyond traditional department and retail stores, Snagajob recommends seasonal jobseekers consider shipping companies, craft stores, restaurants, movie theaters, inventory positions, resorts staffing up for winter vacations and tax-preparation companies.


Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.