Halloween is hardly over, and already, retailers everywhere are rushing to deck the halls. For many in the Upstate, that means trying to stuff their stockings full of holiday staff members. "There's still hiring to be done, that's for sure," says Crystal Hale, who handles human resources at Target on Woodruff Road in Greenville. Hale started searching months ago for holiday help. "I probably bring on about a third of my team just during holiday season," she says. Still, just weeks before the much anticipated "Black Friday", she has many spots left open.
Local staffing companies say that's not uncommon. "There are so many opporunities out there," says Melanie Gearhart with Goodwill's Job Connection. Gearhart says there are literally hundreds of seasonal jobs available around the Upstate, but sometimes, they're not so easy to fill. One big reason: applicants are not flexible. Holiday positions often include long hours or odd shifts. "It's work, and I think what people need is work, and maybe not to be so picky," says Gearhart.
Gearhart also advises applicants not to dismiss a job simply because you think it's temporary. Often, if you do a good job, employers will turn seasonal positions into permanent ones at the end of the season. Hale agrees with that. "If our seasonal people come on and do a great job, and they love us and we love them, we keep on who we can keep on," she says.
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