Workforce Wednesday: Hiring for the holidays
'Tis the season to get out and job hunt! With the holidays right around the corner, employers are looking to staff their businesses for the extra shopping rush.
Representatives from the job placement service Alaska Executive Search joined KTVA's Daybreak for this week's Workforce Wednesday. According to them, there are many opportunities for work this holiday season that extend beyond retail.
"I think people don't recognize this time of the year there's all kinds of deadlines coming up for different businesses," said Alaska Executive Search president Paula Bradison. "So, from the employer aspect, oftentimes we see particularly in engineering or in accounting, where you have year-end deadlines [employers] use temp agencies to staff up to meet project demands."
Bradison explained that the medical industry is also seeking employees this time of year.
"A lot of people are trying to get in to meet their deductibles," Bradison said. "We offer the opportunities, maybe on-board two or three medical assistants to meet the demands of the patients, and then your quality employees want time off around holidays."
Kyle Thacker, also of Alaska Executive Search, agreed and suggested that temp work is a great way to make some extra money over the holidays. He said the company sees many college-age kids apply for temp work when home on break, but also retirees.
"What we've done at our office is we've started bringing in workers to work with me at our front desk," Thacker said. "We've had great success with that — bringing them in, training them on multi-line phone systems, things that maybe you haven't had experience with, but you need in an office environment."
According to Thacker, a couple of people have been hired directly because of that process. He also said that accruing temp jobs can have a positive influence on your resume.
"One of the things that we're seeing with a younger generation, honestly, coming out of college is that they're really not sure who they want to work for," Bradison said. "It's really important for the future generation to really know what is the purpose of the organization they're working for and things like that. So, we offer the ability of working for Alaska Executive Search — you have one employer on your resume, but you get to sort of job hop and figure out where's the right fit."
For more information on Alaska Executive Search and for job-seeking resources, you can visit the company's website here.
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