How to Get a Job for the Holiday Season

Many employers started hiring in October and early November, but it's not too late to apply for a seasonal job now.

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Question: What is the outlook for holiday seasonal jobs this year, and what steps should I take to improve my chances of getting a seasonal job?

Answer: Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement and executive coaching consulting firm, expects retail employers to add about 740,000 seasonal workers in the last three months of 2016 – about the same number of seasonal jobs as last year. That figure is just for retailers; other types of employers, such as hospitality and shipping businesses, also tend to hire extra workers during the holidays.

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Kimberly Lankford
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

As the "Ask Kim" columnist for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Lankford receives hundreds of personal finance questions from readers every month. She is the author of Rescue Your Financial Life (McGraw-Hill, 2003), The Insurance Maze: How You Can Save Money on Insurance -- and Still Get the Coverage You Need (Kaplan, 2006), Kiplinger's Ask Kim for Money Smart Solutions (Kaplan, 2007) and The Kiplinger/BBB Personal Finance Guide for Military Families. She is frequently featured as a financial expert on television and radio, including NBC's Today Show, CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio.