Fifty-Eight Percent of Hiring Managers Plan to Recruit Seasonal Employees in the Fourth Quarter
- One-in-Four Plan to Offer Higher Paychecks -

Fifty-eight percent of hiring managers surveyed by said they're going to need extra hands on deck in the fourth quarter to meet increased business demands associated with the holidays and end-of-the-year wrap-ups. Twenty-eight percent expect to increase pay levels for seasonal employees over last year, while only 6 percent plan to decrease them. The survey, "Seasonal Hiring 2005," was conducted prior to the events surrounding hurricanes Katrina and Rita from August 10 to August 22, 2005 and included over 875 hiring managers across all industries nationwide.

The most popular positions identified for seasonal recruitment include retail, hospitality, shipping/delivery, administrative/clerical, customer service, food preparation and sales. While 28 percent of hiring managers expect to hire less than 10 seasonal workers, 15 percent plan to hire more than 50 workers and nearly one-in-ten plan to hire over 100 workers.

Pay scales are projected to increase for seasonal employees with 31 percent of hiring managers expecting to pay $10 or more per hour and 12 percent expecting to pay $15 or more per hour. Thirty-six percent of hiring managers plan to pay between $6 and $8 per hour and 22 percent expect to pay between $8 and $10.

"Nearly six-in-ten hiring managers surveyed prior to hurricanes Katrina and Rita anticipated a surge in seasonal hiring in the fourth quarter," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of "It is expected hiring managers will continue to monitor the impact of these events as they set their hiring pace going forward. The latest employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics serves as a positive indicator of the hiring situation, showing resilience in job growth so far. Despite a decline of 35,000 in the nonfarm payroll, the U.S. added 31,700 temporary positions and experienced solid gains in construction, professional and business services and health services."'s career advisors recommend the following tips for those seeking seasonal employment:

  --  Start applying early.  More than one-third of hiring managers fill
      their open positions within two weeks.
  --  Show enthusiasm.  Saying the only reason you want the position is for
      the employee discount will not impress the hiring manager.  Saying
      that you want to learn new skills, admire the company or product and
      enjoy working with customers gives you a much better chance of getting
      your foot in the door.
  --  Dress the part.  For example, if you are interviewing for a job in a
      retail clothing store, it's a good idea to show up dressed in an
      outfit from that store.
  --  Plan for the future.  If you're interested in working for the company
      on a more permanent basis, let the hiring manager know early, so they
      can keep you in mind.  Also, make sure to show initiative -- keep
      busy, ask questions, volunteer for projects, etc.

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