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Last Minute Tips to Hire Skilled Seasonal Employees

It’s the week after Thanksgiving, and you’re making a list, and checking it twice, but on seasonal hires, you might be rolling the dice. So, how does your business avoid being on Santa’s (and possibly your customers’) naughty list and attract the right people for your seasonal job? Hey, we hear Johnny College is home […]

It’s the week after Thanksgiving, and you’re making a list, and checking it twice, but on seasonal hires, you might be rolling the dice. So, how does your business avoid being on Santa’s (and possibly your customers’) naughty list and attract the right people for your seasonal job?

Hey, we hear Johnny College is home from school

Your average college student has spent three months partying until the sun comes out every Thursday, Friday, Saturday (and sometimes Sunday) during the fall semester, and now, has nothing to do until school starts again in mid-January. While you might run the risk that Johnny freshman might be a little slow one morning from a late night out, proper training and advancement opportunities could ensure that he returns season after season until graduation, which could lend itself to a nice post-graduate role for Johnny if everything goes to plan.

“Just because I’m a senior doesn’t mean I’m old”

One pool that companies continue to neglect as they try and build their seasonal team is the more mature workers that might be retired, or just doing part-time work. The holiday season is a great opportunity to make a positive impression on customers, and “senior” workers who have years of work experience might know how to create a better customer experience. While they need less direction in business, you might have to leave some paper applications, so seniors can apply the old fashioned way.

‘Tis the season to try something new

As a company, you could post all the job ads your heart desired, but luckily Bob from accounting knows his next-door neighbor Sam who needs some part-time work. That’s right, employee referrals are actually the best source of seasonal hiring, and hiring in general.

According to a study by Jobvite, 46 percent of referral hires stuck around for at least one year after they were hired, compared with 33 percent of people hired through career sites and 22 percent hired through job boards. Offering referral incentives (even a competition) helps in keeping that quality hiring pipeline fresh… for the summer season!

Hiring for the holidays may seem like a daunting task, but there’s no reason to think you’ll come up empty handed using this four-pronged staffing approach!

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