Some holiday jobs could be permanent

Oct. 21, 2010 at 1:35 PM
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CHICAGO, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Significantly more U.S. employers this year indicated seasonal workers would have a chance for a permanent position compared to a year ago, a survey found.

Forty percent of employers in an annual CareerBuilder survey indicated seasonal workers this year would be given a chance to stay on after the holidays, compared to 31 percent who indicated last year that long-term jobs were also available, the employment consulting firm said Thursday.

More respondents to the survey -- 14 percent -- indicated seasonal workers would be paid less this year than a year ago than those indicating higher wages were available -- 13 percent. In a pay-expectation breakdown, 48 percent indicated they would pay $10 or more per hour, while 9 percent indicated they would pay $16 or more per hour.

Nineteen percent of respondents indicated pay would be between $6 and $7 per hour for seasonal helpers, CareerBuilder said.

Employers in the survey indicated they would be impressed by workers who offered customers their assistance without waiting to be asked, came up with good ideas and asked appropriate questions about the company. Employers indicated it also helps to be upfront about wanting a permanent position.

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