Workers find permanent jobs after holidaysWritten by Jacob Ruhe | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Niederriter said he first began working for electronics chain Circuit City as a seasonal worker during the 2005 holiday season.
Now, the department senior in the Monroe Street store’s entertainment department says he hopes to go into the management-training program soon.
According to a new survey, Niederriter’s far from alone in making the transition from seasonal help to permanent employment.
A December survey conducted by snagajob.com, a Web site that lists job openings for hourly workers, found that 46 percent of respondents had either been offered or expected to be offered permanent employment in January. Furthermore, it found that 88 percent of the more than 3,000 holiday workers surveyed hope to turn their seasonal work into a permanent job. The workers surveyed were people who applied for hourly jobs through snagajob.com.
Shawn Boyer, founder and chief executive officer of snagajob.com, said many businesses welcome seasonal workers’ interest in permanent employment.
“Many of our clients are leaders in the retail industry and are among the largest holiday employers,” he said. “Many told us they expect to retain their holiday employees and aggressively hire through January. That’s good news for those hourly workers who want to keep on working.”
Several local stores are among those who used the holiday season to find permanent employees.
Jill Glover, assistant store manager at the J.C. Penney in the Westfield Franklin Park Mall, said her store keeps a fair number of seasonal workers after the holidays, typically as part-time associates. Though she said she didn’t know specific numbers, Glover estimated between one-fourth and one-half of her store’s seasonal workers stay on after the holiday rush.
“The holiday season is a good time for hiring regular associates, particularly in commission sales areas,” she said.
Glover said she started at J.C. Penney as a seasonal worker. Those beginnings, she said, don’t make her unique among the store’s full-time staff.
The Borders on Monroe Street is another store that retains many of its seasonal employees after the holidays. Inventory Manager Denise Mollenkopf said one reason the store hires many seasonal employees is that it also loses several workers during the holidays.
“There’s a lot of turnover [during the Christmas season],” she said.
Mollenkopf said Borders uses the holiday season to evaluate seasonal workers’ potential contributions as permanent employees.
“The season is a great way to test out a new employee and to get an idea of their work ethic and reliability,” she said.
Borders inquires about the post-holiday availability of seasonal workers even before they begin working at the store, Mollenkopf said.
Though many local stores use increased holiday hiring to find permanent employees, different considerations dictate the hiring seasons at other businesses.
Susan Manning, human resource manager at The Home Depot on West Alexis Road, said her store’s hiring season takes place between March and May.
Jen King, public relations manager for Home Depot, explained that The Home Depot has a greater increase in business during the spring than during the Christmas season because it sells lawn and garden equipment.