WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - If you are interested in being hired for the holidays, you may need to be searching for work already.
Apparently, the time is now to nail down that seasonal employment. Employment experts say it is a good sign for the economy and a wake-up call for holiday job-seekers.
Michael Liebman is already thinking about the holiday shopping season. But he is not searching for the best deals. The Lantana resident said he is searching for a job.
"Very frustrating," he said. "Sometimes you just want to give up." Liebman said he has been out of work for over a year. "So much competition, so much rejection; at some point my luck has got to change."
During the first week of fall, Liebman has been working as hard as he can so that he will be working come winter.
"Folks who get in early, get the jobs first," said Tom Veenstra, Senior Director of Support Services at Workforce Alliance of Palm Beach County. Retailers are already searching for seasonal workers about a month and half earlier than last year, said Veenstra. "Retailers are seeing a brighter picture for this holiday season compared to last year," he said.
This week, Workforce Alliance is launching special holiday job recruiting events to fill more than 800 full and part time positions in retail and restaurants. "Sometimes part-time turns into full-time permanent," said Veenstra.
Liebman, meanwhile, has jump-started his job search. Being hired, he said, would be his holiday wish come true. "Keep innovating, keep coming up with different ways to market yourself," he said.
Workforce Alliance is holding 'Retail Friday' on Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at its Central Career Center in West Palm Beach. To participate, interested job seekers should contact a Workforce Alliance career consultant for referral and register online in Employ Florida Marketplace (link available from the Workforce Alliance website by clicking here ).